In this post I will show how I made eight pretty decorations for my mom’s outdoor umbrella. Simple in design, these bring a creative look for your outdoor space and are great for parties.
To make these I used three tools: wire cutters, round needle-nose pliers, and flat needle-nose pliers. I used silver plated wire, eight silver plated eye pins and eight alligator clips. The beads we decided to use are large teal faceted acrylic rounds for durability.
Before starting this project, I arranged my beads how I wanted them to look. By doing this I realized that these beads alone needed some interest. I went into my inventory and found some pretty blue acrylic crackle bicones.
I cut about 1″ of wire. Using my round needle-nose pliers, I made a simple loop at one end and inserted the loop into the end of my alligator clip.
Using my pliers, I bent over the two tabs to secure the wire loop.
I made sure the loop will not slip out by tugging gently on the wire. Next I made a second loop on the other end and cut off the excess.
Using the same looping technique, I cut about 1.5″ pieces of wire and looped them through all of my beads. However, for the last eight round beads I used my eye pins instead of the wire to end my chain.
After all my beads were wired and looped, I started attaching them to my alligator clips and connecting all my beads together in my desired pattern.
Once all eight dangles were finished, I could hang them up on the umbrella. These can be made to whatever desire length you wish. I chose to keep these fairly short so that no heads would get in the way of their sparkling beauty.