Beads are great for making jewelry but they can also be used to make beaded flowers, just in time for spring! This is the perfect project to engage the whole family.
There are countless options for beaded flowers, and it’s possible to make very ornate beaded flowers with just a few items. However, for this project we decided to focus on two of the easiest beaded flower patterns so that those just starting out with beading and kids could join in on the fun.
The steps below detail how to make the rounded and straight petal flowers shown in the images. We recommend starting with a single layer of petals. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to add on with more petals.
If you need help picking out supplies, our bead kits are perfect for this project.
Beads from your bead kit
Flush cutter pliers
Rounded Flower Petals (the numbers on the images correspond to the steps below)
1. Use the flush cutter pliers to cut a 32-inch piece of wire. (You’ll need a 60-inch or longer wire if you plan to do multiple layers of petals.) String the beads you’ll use for your first petal on the center of the wire.
2. Twist the wire to form a loop. Secure the beads by twisting the wire at the end of the loop a few times.
3. String an equal number of beads as your first petal on the wire. Form your second loop and secure the ends by twisting the wire at the end of the loop.
4. Continue this process until you have all the petals for your flower.
5. At this point you can jump to step eight if you’re ready to create the center of your flower. If you’d like to add another layer of petals choose a different color bead and string a smaller number of beads than your first petals. For the flower shown in the images, we used 10 beads for each of the orange petals and eight beads for the red petals.
6. Form a loop and twist the end of the wire a few times to secure it.
7. Continue this process until you have completed your second layer of petals.
8. Choose a bead color for the outer circle of the center of the flower, and a bead that will go directly in the center. String the beads that will be used as the outer circle. You’ll want to make sure to use enough beads to surround the center bead.
9. Form a circle then string the wire back through the last bead and pull tightly.
10. You should now have the outer circle. String the center bead on the wire and pull it across to the opposite side. String the end of the wire through one of the outer circle beads to secure it.
11. Pull both of your wires through to the back of the flower and twist them together a few times to secure.
12. You now have a completed flower!
Straight Flower Petals (the numbers on the images correspond to the steps below)
1. Use the flush cutter pliers to cut a 32-inch piece of wire. (You’ll need a 60-inch or longer wire if plan to do multiple layers of petals.) You’ll be stringing each bead through the wire twice, so it’s important to choose beads that have large enough holes for this project. String the beads you’ll use for your first petal on the center of the wire. We like to use a different color bead for the tip of the petal.
2. Leaving the tip of the petal at the top of the loop, string all the remaining beads back through the wire.
3. Pull the wire tightly so that the beads form a straight petal.
4. Create a loop with the ends of the wire and pull tightly to secure the end of the petal.
5. Create you second petal starting with the bottom followed by the tip of the petal.
6. Leave the tip of the petal at the top of the loop and string all the remaining beads back through the wire.
7. Continue this process until you have all the petals for your flower.
8. Create a second layer of petals or jump to step eight above to create the center of your flower.