Saturday, January 22, 2022

Beaded Heart Shaped Hanger Wreath

Don't you just love the look of fabulous beaded crystals in decor? Like special decorative items around your home enhanced with crystals and gems! I know I do! Who doesn't love a little sparkle, here and there! And it doesn't matter what your style is, either. Elegant, classic, rustic, modern, farmhouse, chic, or glamorous - it will surely fit in! Just imagine a wire clothes hanger turned into a pretty sparkling heart? 

Besides, it's is a great upcycle craft using a wire coat hanger and lots of beads and crystals from my stash! And the best part, it's so easy to make! 

Join us for our very first Do It Over Designers Blog Hop of 2022! 'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!
Psst! Here's how to make a Beaded Heart Shaped Hanger Wreath:

You will need:
  • Wire Clothes Hanger
  • Wire Cutters (heavy duty)
  • Assorted clear beads, crystal rocks and fillers
  • Hot Glue Gun/glue sticks
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic bowl
  • Decorative ribbon for hanging
To make the wire clothes hanger into a heart .  .  .
start by pulling the middle of the bottom wire of the hanger straight down into a 'V' shape.
Then take the top sides of the hanger and begin shaping into a round circle .  .  .
while bending the hanger hook portion down  towards the center.
Continue to bend and manipulate the wire into a heart shape using your fingers -
by straightening the top wire portions to form a circle .  .  .
curving the wire on each side .  .  .

into half circle shapes .  .  .
just like a heart!

Continue smoothing out the wire sides with your hands .  .  .
then use heavy duty wire cutters to remove the wire hook.

How cool does this handmade wire clothes hanger heart look!
Now it's time to decorate the wire heart by first mixing small crystal filler beads, small crystal rocks, seed bead rod crystals and tiny pearls together and .  .  .
beginning at the center extended twisted wire, apply hot glue in increments of 1 to 2 inches along wire. 
Quickly drop a mixture of crystals on top of glue and squeeze beads and wire together.   Caution - the glue and beads together will be hot, hot, hot!
So use a piece of parchment paper to help hold the beads together on the wire until the hot glue cools off and dries.

Continue adding the hot glue in increments along the wire and adding the beads - holding in place around the wire with parchment paper.
I found it much easier to use a large bowl to catch the beads while using the parchment paper to squeeze the beads onto the wire. Otherwise, the beads were flying everywhere!


Continue moving around the heart shaped wire, adding glue, holding parchment paper under, dumping beads on the glue and squeezing it all together! 




Once you've finished adding beads around the heart shaped wire, check any areas that may be missing beads and add more, especially on the backside.
Add a pretty fabric hanger by folding an 18" piece of decorative ribbon together, tying the ends in a knot. Apply glue to the center heart drop and press the knot onto the glue. Add more glue to the knot and secure with additional beads to cover the knot.  Use parchment paper to press the beads and knot down to secure in place. 
Have fun with this in your Valentine decor!

Be sure to check out all of the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

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21 comments:

  1. So pretty! You have the magic touch when it comes to bling Gail! I'm always fascinated to see what you come up with for trim and baubles :)

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  2. I love the sparkle, Gail! It reminds me of the rock candy pops we used to get on Valentine's Day! How fun and ps...great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Now that I look at it, yes it does look like rock candy! Lol!

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  3. Kim beat me to it....your heart reminds me of rock candy. This is beautiful, Gail - there's nothing like some bling to brighten a cold, winter day!

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    1. Thanks so much Ann! I have to admit that it does look like rock candy! That's too funny!

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  4. This is so pretty. I agree, it reminds me of Rock candy.

    You brave soul with the heat of the glass.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! Yes, I have never gotten use to the hotness of working with hot glue. I usually keep a cup of cold water around for that. In one of my craft classes, I had one lady burn her fingers so much she never came back to another class. And with most everyone thinking this project reminds them of rock candy, I've gotten the idea of making small actual rock candy hearts! That would be wonderful if I had kids in my life! Too much sugar for me! But it's a great gift giving idea, too!

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  5. That's so pretty, I love a bit of sparkle. Have you been finding beads under all the furniture for days since making them? I can image making mini ones like this to, what fun!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! How did you know about finding beads everywhere? Lol!

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  6. That's cool! There used to be a type of candy on a stick that this reminds me of :)

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  7. Gail, I purchased a blingy heart that looks very similar to yours during the holidays and girl, it wasn't cheap. If there was anyone who could make an even prettier DIY version it would be you. Gorgeous heart wreath that can be displayed year round.

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet compliment, Marie! I don't know why I gravitate towards blingy crafts. I am definitely not a blingy girl! Lol!

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  8. Wow, I wouldn't have thought a wire hanger could turn into such a beautiful heart! Such a unique and creative idea.

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  9. I love the sparkle in this project. Such a pretty wreath. Thanks for sharing the tip about the parchment paper.

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  10. Gail,
    Thanks so much for stopping by! I think what you are talking about in your comment are the little tea pots on top of the small curio between the hutch and buffet???If so, They are actually ornaments!!! I have had them for years....I think they were gifted to me....Let me know if these are what you meant....
    This heart wreath is amazing but I felt the pain in my hands as you shared how you bent the wire hanger!! LOL! I have arthritis in my hands and that would kill me!! BUT the heart is stunning!!! Take care!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! Yes, they are pictured on top of the small curio! I first spotted them in the 3rd photo from the top. And saw them again when you mentioned what was on top of the small curio. I love how they look! Can't believe they're ornaments. They look so much bigger in a few of your pictures and then they look smaller in others! I still love them! Especially the one with the large flower on the front! They are quite unique!

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