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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    42 Comments

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    pjshells2
    pjshells2

    Question 9 months ago on Introduction

    I can only find the threaded rods in 1 foot length. Where do you find longer length rods at?

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    pchorbagian
    pchorbagian

    9 months ago on Step 3

    Hi....I haven't tried this yet but I found some great knitting needles I am planning to try. They have neat colors but I guess that won't matter. Also, these will only work in pots because they are not very long. I will post a picture when I get one done. Thanks for such detailed info on finding beads. That was next for me to try to decide hole size.

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    Chill60555
    Chill60555

    11 months ago on Step 3

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and suggestions 😊

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    armyvetswife2020
    armyvetswife2020

    11 months ago

    These are beautiful... Gorgeous cat!
    Where do you find your rods and what kind of metal do you get so that they don't rust? TIA for any answers 🌻

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    Okahukura
    Okahukura

    1 year ago

    Hi there thanks for the great idea. I have lots and lots of old knitting needles so I may give that a go. I am not sure how I am going to attach a knob to the top of them so any idea's would be grateful. :)

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    makeaveney
    makeaveney

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Where did you find pulls or knobs with an 8/32 opening? I am searching the internet and they all seem to have smaller holes? Did you drill the knobs? Or, how did you affix the ones with smaller thread opening?

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    2 years ago

    CUTE idea thank you for sharing. I was thinking that we could also make the beads using polymer clay and painting them with paint and an Elmers Glue wash for the glitter. You can't use nail polish on polymer clay it will eat it. You can seal the whole thing with an acrylic painted on or sprayed on sealer. :)

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    MaryB418
    MaryB418

    Question 3 years ago on Step 2

    I looked at my ruler and it showed I needed a 7 mm hole to use the 8/2 rod. Most n

    beads with metal lined hole have a 5 mm hole. what size did you buy???

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    cdawisconsin
    cdawisconsin

    Answer 3 years ago

    Hello. I used 8/32 threaded rod, which is the same size as the screw used in cabinet pulls. I also used the European bracelet beads. In a recent comment on here I added a current Ebay link to some beads that I used but I will add that I went on Ebay and searched for European glass bracelet beads. They have a wide hole. Hope this helps.

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    CindiW4
    CindiW4

    3 years ago

    This was fun thanks for the good directions. It looks nice with my lemongrass. We all need a little bling!

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    cdawisconsin
    cdawisconsin

    Reply 3 years ago

    I love it. Thank you so much for the picture!!

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    CharlotteB81
    CharlotteB81

    Question 3 years ago

    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.

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    cdawisconsin
    cdawisconsin

    Answer 3 years ago

    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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    CeciliaJ8
    CeciliaJ8

    5 years ago

    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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    cdawisconsin
    cdawisconsin

    Reply 5 years ago

    I love how you repurposed the knitting needles =)

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    CeciliaJ8
    CeciliaJ8

    Reply 5 years ago

    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

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    maryreed
    maryreed

    5 years ago

    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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    cdawisconsin
    cdawisconsin

    Reply 5 years ago

    Thank you!!

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    letmeindigo
    letmeindigo

    6 years ago

    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.