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Sunday, April 25, 2010

DIY Beaded Plant Hangers

A great way to jazz up those plain wire, chain, or plastic plant hangers is with glass beads.  I’ve seen these beaded plant hangers for sale in stores and on the internet for around $30.00, but you can make your own for much less.  This is the perfect project for spring and they make great Mother’s Day gifts, too.  IMG_0721
You will need:
~Wire plant hanger (I found mine at Lowe’s & a local garden store)IMG_0736
~Glass beads (Available at craft stores like Michael’s or online)
Use a 40% off coupon and these large containers of assorted beads will be around $6.00.  You’ll be able to make at least two or three hangers with one pack.
IMG_0742~Needle Nose pliers
~Crimp beads (optional)
~Crimping tools (optional)IMG_0750
The instructions are easy.  Simple string your beads on your wire hanger in any order you choose.  IMG_0748IMG_0738Use a crimping bead at then end to keep the beads from sliding off:IMG_0746
You can also just bend the end of the wire up if you don’t want to use the crimping beads.
Once you’re finished stringing the beads, insert the exposed wire end of each strand of the beaded hanger into each pre-made hole in the your hanging basket. NOTE: Factory baskets/pots are typically manufactured with either three or four pre-made holes. If there is no rim with factory-drilled holes, simply use your needle-nose pliers to wrap the wire end of the beaded hanger around the top wire of your wire hanging basket. 
il_430xN_32120651Next, again using needle-nose pliers, carefully bend each end of the beaded hanger strand around the hole until snug and secure.
Finally, hang your new bead-accentuated plant on a sturdy hook and enjoy!
At Michael’s they sell the bead packs in solid colors or in multi-colors.  Somehow the purple pack ended up in my cart!
IMG_0704 IMG_0705IMG_0708IMG_0723Now instead of being plain and boring, your plant hangers are works of art!  It’s like jewelry for your plants!
I’ll be sharing with Metamorphosis Monday, Bring in the Spring Party, DIY Day, Transformation Thursday, and other fun linky parties found HERE.
Edited to join Sharon’s Garden Party at Keen Inspriations and the special edition DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. 



  1. Oh I love this! The beads dress up the boring planter and I love the purple!

  2. Oh wow this is a great idea. I always hated how those wire baskets looked so I never get them. OH NO, now you might get me into beading too. They look lovely!

  3. I need to do this with my hanging baskets out back. These turned out fabulous. I hope you will stop by and link up to my Spring blog party! The party goes all week.

  4. These are cute! I've never liked the look of the wire hangers, either, and this is a good solution. I have lots of cobalt blue glass in my garden so I could add some to these. So clever!

  5. Great idea! I bet my kids would love to make these for Mother's Day to give to grandma and their aunt!

  6. Nice idea. I agree with White Farmhouse - great for kids to do for mother's day. Dropping by from BNOTP, #7.


  7. I love it! I've got tons of beads, so I just may have to borrow your idea!

  8. Oh, that is a great idea and it looks really nice too. Thanks for posting.

  9. What a clever idea Christy! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    ~ Tracy

  10. I love it! thanks for stopping by my blog- i will have to do this to my hanging baskets

  11. So creative and inspiring! Can't wait to give this a try on my own baskets...thanks for sharing!

  12. What a great idea! I love it! I wish I had somewhere to hang plants!

  13. Oh what a good idea, covering up those ugly wires, thank you for sharing.

  14. This is such a great idea!!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

  15. Lovely! I started a container garden on my balcony but they're all very functional plants (veggies) - now I can pretty them up!

  16. Such a great idea! I love it :)

    Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

  17. What an adorable idea!

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day! I hope to see you next week.

  18. That is cute. What a way to bring more color to the garden. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

  19. What a great idea. So much prettier than the plain wire.

  20. I love your idea - am trying it but have a couple of kinks! First, what size crimp bead are you using? I'm using jewelry crimps, but they don't seem to work very well with the heavier wire... so I'm wondering about crimps made for heavier wire - maybe fishing tackle supplies or building/electrical? Second, what did you use to straighten out the 'kink' at the bottom of the hanger wire? With mine (purchased at a local garden supply store), the little kink (intended to be where you'd turn up the wire and attach the pot) is just enough to make it really hard to feed the beads onto the wire! Thanks for any tips you have!

  21. Love it! I'm trying to work out a couple of 'kinks' (lol) as I work on one for myself and hope you can give me a couple of tips. First, I'm using jewelry crimps, but they don't seem to work well on the heavier wire. What size did you use, and do you think maybe a different metal crimp would work, such as fishing tackle or electrical/building supply? Second, the 'kink' in the wire at the bottom (meant to make it easy to fold the hanger up and attach it to the pot) makes it almost impossible to string the beads. What did you do to straighten it out? Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comment, I hope you see my reply because there was no other way to contact you. As far as the crimps, they are not totally necessary since you can just bend the wire up at the ends to keep the beads from falling off until you attach it to your pot. With the kink in the bottom of the wire, you can either cut off the wire right above it so you will have a smooth wire to work with, or you can try to straighten it out using some flat pliers.

      Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

  22. Hey, thanks for the reply... I did figure it out - got a little creative in the fishing tackle department! They sell metal crimps that DO work, but you need to get a crimp tool used for electrical/building supplies, and have some serious hand strength... I ended up having to set the crimper on the table and use my hand and body weight to crimp it. And I needed to cut the kinky part off the bottom. I wanted to string groups of beads and leave some wire showing, and the fishing tackle crimps made it possible! If you like, send me an e-mail and I will send you a picture of what I did! :-)


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