Making the perfect farmhouse style nursery doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Learn how to make the perfect rustic DIY wood bead hearts for your nursery on budget and in just minutes.
Hello, again! It’s Sarah from Making Joy and Pretty Things and I’m SO excited to share with y’all some rustic DIY wood bead hearts I made for my little girl’s nursery.
If you haven’t stopped by my blog in a while, you probably missed some exciting news and plans for the first couple months of 2017. The exciting news being … we are having a baby GIRL this April (after two littles boys). AND, almost as exciting as that, we are redoing our youngest son’s room into a farmhouse girl nursery.
You can read all about the plans for the nursery here or follow me over on Instagram to get sneak peaks of the projects we are working on for her nursery. It’s going to be full of rustic charm, while staying on budget.
So, when I saw these wood bead hearts from RH Baby & Child I knew I could make something similar for a fraction of the cost.
Rustic DIY Wood Bead Hearts Supplies:
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- Wood Beads
- 27 of 3/4″
- 71 of 3/8″
- Copper Wire or Steel Wire
- Optional: paper flowers (Valentine’s Day craft find at Michaels, similar item)
- Twine for hanging
- Needle-nose pliers
Before we get started, here are some pointers when picking which wire you want to use
I made the first wood bead heart using copper wire. Copper wire is MUCH stronger than the steel wire which can be beneficial but also harder to work with. The copper wire is more difficult to move, making putting the ends together difficult. Plus, it’s VERY sharp. But, once you have the heart together and formed, it’s not going to move at all.
Steel wire, on the other hand, is easier to work with. Regular scissors can even cut the ends and getting them together after stringing the beads was super easy. But, the heart doesn’t seem to stay in “heart form” as well when hung by twine. I think it’s a personal preference.
Having done one heart with copper wire and one with steel wire, I think I’ll be redoing the steel wire one with copper wire.
Now, to the tutorial
So, these wood bead hearts are quite literally as simple as they sound. You string some beads onto some wire 🙂
I didn’t precut any of the wire because knowing my luck I wouldn’t cut enough wire for the amount of beads I wanted to use.
I used all 71 of the 3/8″ beads and all 27 of the 3/4″ beads for each respective heart.
Once I had strung all the beads, I used the needle-nose pliers to cut the wire down. I then attempted to not cut my fingers while twisting it around. Copper wire is not easily manipulated so be careful!
Once I got it as close to together as I could, I molded it into a heart shape. Since the copper wire was pretty visible at the point where the ends were connected, I decided to hot glue some paper flowers I picked up at Michaels to cover up the spot.
I followed the same steps for the larger beads, using the steel wire instead. I was able to attach the two ends together and tuck them into a bead. So, the ends are not visible at all. No cover up flowers needed!
While I love how they turned out and can’t wait to see them on the nursery wall, I still haven’t quite figured out how I want to hang them. I don’t really want to put a hole in the wall but I also don’t want to use a giant plastic command hook type thing.
So, I tied them to the crib for now! Definitely not their permanent place just yet.
Even though the flowers weren’t part of the plan, I love the girly touch they add to the natural wood.
If you like the wood bead hearts, hop over to my blog to see some other projects we have been working on recently.
Until next month,
Wishing you a joyful day!
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