Simple Beaded Umbrella Accessories

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Using my pliers, I bent over the two tabs to secure the wire loop.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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