GARDEN FAIRY WANDS

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Introduction: GARDEN FAIRY WANDS

About: My life is busy. My days are full. I go to bed at night tired. I am HAPPY!

Like many good ideas, you start with some other idea and build on it.  That's the case here.  I saw a beaded garden stake once where the how to directions required metal saw blades and an X-acto knife.  The project called for antique door knobs and large hole glass beads, both of which I could not find anywhere.

This is my version. 

First, it is now a child friendly craft.  I got rid of the saws and sharp blades entirely.  Found beads that work.  I will tell you where to get them and will have some cost saving suggestions.  And instead of the antique door knobs, we are going to use cabinet pulls from your local home improvement center.

The credit for the name, Garden Fairy Wands, goes to my daughter.  She made the all blue one for a Water Fairy in the hopes that the water fairy will take over her summer watering duties.

Step 1: SUPPLIES

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
     8/32 threaded rod 
     8/32 nuts
     Cabinet pulls.
     Bracelet Beads


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BRACELET BEADS:

     I found the ones that I used on Ebay.  I did a search for glass bracelet beads.  Purchased 100 glass beads for 15.00 with free shipping.   Acrylic bracelet beads are 100 for 7.00 or so.  Also free shipping.   I was happily surprised by how beautiful the acrylic beads are.  So, if you are looking to cut the cost down, acrylic is the way to go.

     There are many other different types of bracelet beads.  Some are cut like gems, some are ceramic, or oven bake clay.  Some are wire mesh or wood.  An easy way to make sure you are getting bracelet beads is by the silver liner in the bead.  Also look closely at the picture of the beads you are considering purchasing  to make sure they are strung on a silver rope type bracelet.  Another possibility is often in the description it may say, for use with European bracelets.

     One more thing.  You can find bracelet beads at Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Ben Franklin stores.  They are about 5.00 to 7.00 for about seven to ten beads in a package.  They are also at Wal-Mart for slightly less money.  This option is more expensive, but you don't have to wait ten days for shipping.  You also have more control over the color and style of the beads you want.

Step 2: CREATING

Thankfully threaded rod is sold in a variety of lengths so all you have to do is pick the size or sizes you want.  It is inexpensive, too.  Twist on a nut on one side of the rod so that you can string the beads on and they won't fall off.  Make sure to have enough exposed rod to stick into the ground and it will be able to hold up the weight of the beads.  The cabinet pull gets twisted on the top when you are finished.  Make sure to tighten up the nut when you are done so the beads are all nice and snug.

Step 3: AS AN EVENT CRAFT

Garden Fairy Wands are going to be a project this summer with a local craft club for children.  Acrylic beads will be used to cut the cost down and we will use the 12 inch size for the threaded rod.  Also to keep the cost down, we are only using cabinet pulls that are under $1.00.  At you local home improvement center you can purchase pulls in 25 quantity bags.

I'm hoping to get some photographs to post. 

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    What size beads or what size hole? I saw that you answered the same question below, but, the link for the beads you purchased is no longer active so I could not get the answer from that. Please and thank you.

    The ones I made are several years old now and have survived many years in the Wisconsin freezing Winters and humid Summers. They still look great. I hope you enjoy the project!!!

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    I made mine with old knitting needles from the thrift shop and (European beads and bead stoppers) from Ebay. Painted the tops of needles with glitter nail polish(from the dollar store, I have 6 colors) and a coat of clear sealer. The pointed end of the needle pokes nicely into the soil, even if the soil is hard.

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    I love how you repurposed the knitting needles =)

    This was a happy accident, I was at the Thrift store looking for a light globe for a Fairy Moon Globe, saw the needles and it just clicked

    What a wonderful idea! And something I can do with my teenage daughter. It's hard to find something to interest her and myself as well. Also I love that it isn't terribly expensive. Thanks for the great idea...I can't wait to get started!!

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    Just a quick note to thank you and let you know your project idea is still alive and well and inspiring people like me. I made my first, of what I know will be many, Fairy Garden Wands last night.

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    Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad to hear that someone is making them =)

    Can you tell me what the hole size is on the beads you're using? All the beads I've purchased are too small. Thank you

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wholesale-Mixed-Silver-MURANO-GLASS-bead-LAMPWORK-fit-European-Charm-Bracelet-/391087949431?var=&hash=item5b0ea88677

    This link is for just one supplier on Ebay. 500 beads for 80.00. Do an Ebay search for Murano Glass European Bracelet beads, bulk or wholesale. There are tons and tons of them on Ebay. You can also do acrylic European Bracelet beads and they are much less expensive. Make sure the ones you are buying say fit European charm bracelets!!! Hope this helps.

    I live in Wisconsin too, but am having trouble finding rods in various sizes and crystal knows do you remember which stores you found them? Thank you- this is a great idea!!

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    Hi. I'm in Southern Wisconsin. We have lived here for 13 years and really like it. I got the threaded rod at Menard's. Lowe's and Home Depot carry it as well. These same stores also sell crystal knobs. They are actually acrylic and have held up beautifully in our ever-changing weather =)

    I love that you you have the cat in some of your photos ... it adds such a touch of whimsy. I can't wait to try making these.

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    He is just so nosey and has to be involved in everything =)

    I think it would be a good idea to use thick knitting needles as they already have atop and you wouldn't have to buy top knobs.Maybe use medicine bottle caps and form painted .flowers as a topper,I found pony beads that turn color from white to several colors when put in the sun.,as you see I can't wait to make these,wish me luck and thanks sweety.

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    Great idea. Would love to see one you make =)

    Awesome project!!! kid friendly and beautiful in a planter indoors or out!

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    These are very beautiful and enchanting. I'd really like to make them. Just one thing- if these are sitting out in the garden in the rain, are any of the metals rustable (I made up that word)? Could the nuts, rods, or metal doorknobs rust?

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    I pulled two from my garden to see what they look like. I'm in Wisconsin and they have been outside since being made for this Instructable. About a year and a half, including one full Winter. The beads have zero rust and were just dirty. Washed up perfectly. The knows on top also were rust free. However, the threaded rod has blackened and has some rust. I didn't even notice this rust or discoloration until pulling them from the dirt. Frankly, I am very pleased with how well they have withstood the weather here in Wisconsin. Summers that will see highs in the 80's and 90's and at least a week of 100's and below zero temps in the Winter.

    Hi i was wondering if you could tell me the website where you found the acrylic beads. Thank you :)