Beaded Wire Craft Ideas

A variety of useful items can be created with wire and beads. This guide contains beaded wire craft ideas.

August 1, 2012 Flag
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Approximate Time: 30 minutes


  • 26 gauge (or less) craft wire or floral wire
  • 16 blue 1/2 inch bugle beads
  • 28 blue E beads
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  • 2 black seed beads (for eyes)


Cut your wire 36 inches and find center. String 3 E beads, then 1 black seed bead, then another E bead, then 1 black bead. With the end of your wire you will then go back through the 3 colored beads, so you have the 'eyes' on top. Make sure you are at center of the wire, then pull wire snug.

Now you are ready to start the first set of wings on the R side. Take the end of the wire and string 1 E and1 bugle, 1 E, and 1 bugle, 1 E and 1 bugle, then the last E bead and bugle. You will now have a total of 8 beads for each per wing.


Now with the end of wire, go back through the first very starting E bead. This will be your upper wing.

For the lower wing do the same procedure. Do the same for L side set of wings also.

Now you are ready to start the body. String on 3 E beads, and bring the opposite side wire through these 3 beads and pull snug and make even.

Next string on 2 with the wire, then string 1, then twist the wire 2-3 times at the bottom of the very last bead. You will have plenty of wire to place your butterfly into floral arrangement. Adjust the wings carefully into nicely shaped wings. Voila! You are finished!

By CDC from FL

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August 2, 20120 found this helpful

You can attach the butterfly to a bamboo skewer and put it into a planter with a plant and it looks great.

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August 15, 20120 found this helpful

Nice tutorial and good workmanship. Pretty.

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October 3, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about decorating candles with beads and wire. Turn plain candles into unique decorative focal points.

Decorating Candles With Beads and Wire

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April 15, 2010 Flag
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Insert 2 1/2 inches of all five lengths of wire through end of toggle clasp, wrap ends around wire. Try to keep them close together. Secure wire ends and trim excess.

light green beaded bracket

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October 8, 2009 Flag
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Lovely beaded Christmas Tree ornaments or package decorations. Great for reflecting the many colors from your Christmas trees lights and very easy to assemble. Start now and have enough to share with friends and relatives.

Beaded Christmas Ornaments

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July 28, 2010 Flag
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I am looking for instructions to the wire bead trees. My mom use to make them with the tri beads and wire. She would twist the limbs then twist them into a tree trunk.

By Karen from Riverside, CA

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Don't know if this is what you are looking for, but here is a tutorial.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

This is similar to what Fortunately has already posted, but it's a video. The creator has lots of other nice video tutorials, too!

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