Introduction: Beaded Tree
Here is a great decoration idea for all homeowners that can bring the life of a plant into the home without having to actually keep it alive. This project was ideal for me since I can never keep a plant alive in my home.
Step 1: Supplies
Here is what you will need for your project
Wire - floral or jewelry wire will work
Beads - there are small beads at any craft store
A small container
Step 2: Form the Leaves
Start by cutting out about 18" of wire
Bend the wire in half to create a u shape
Add about 20 beads to the u loop
Close the beaded loop by twisting about 1/4" down the wire, forming the leaf.
Form a u shape on one side of your current leaf
Add about 20 beads to the new u loop
Close the beaded loop by twisting about 1/4" down the wire. The end of this twist should meet the bottom of the previous twist, forming a V shape
Repeat on the other side of your original leaf
Add two more leaves to your stem.
Once you have 5 leaves, add a final 1/2" of twist just below the leaves
Step 3: Create Multiple Stems
Repeat the previous step to create multiple stems of leaves.
You should have plenty of wire still on each stem
I created 27 of the small stems with 5 leaves
Step 4: Start Forming Larger Branches
Start by taking 3 stems and twisting them together right where the previous twists end
Twist down about 3/4"
Repeat with bunches of 3 until all the stems you made are now in groups of 3 small branches
Repeat steps with the small branches
At this point I had 3 bundles of metal branches
Step 5: Start Creating the Trunk of the Tree
Take the 3 bunches you have and twist them together similar to how you did in the previous steps
Twist down about 1" to 2"
The three bunches twisted together create the trunk.
The wire left at the bottom will represent the roots. Take the extra wire at the bottom and spread it to be perpendicular to the trunk and so it can hold the tree up when set down
Step 6: Display
When you are happy with the look of the tree you can set it and display it for everyone to see.
Now you have a great looking plant that doesn't need watering! Enjoy!