Beaded Home Decor Trend

Beaded Home Decor Trend

Everywhere I go, I'm seeing more and more beaded home decor items–bead-covered bottles, wineglass charms, beaded lampshades, bookmarks, picture frames, napkin rings. Even Wal-Mart is carrying items like beaded curtain rods!

This past summer I went to a local outdoor craft show and as usual, there were a fair number of booths carrying handmade beaded jewelry, mostly simple necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. What was new this year were a few booths that were also–or exclusively–carrying beaded home decor items, particularly serving spoons, pie servers, and other utensils wrapped with thick wire and large, colorful glass beads.

I'm expecting that I'll see even more beaded home decor items at holiday craft fairs in November and December since many of these non-jewelry items are marketed as gifts. Plus, crafters from other areas seem to be incorporating beads into their work. Beaded beer can airplanes here we come!

At left: Starry Night Bottle by Jean Campbell. Two other free beaded bottle projects by Jean Campbell:Fringed Peyote-Stitched Bottle andNetted Bottle.


What do you think of this beaded home decor trend?
Love it? Hate it? Want to see more beaded home items on Beading Daily?

Take this quick poll by Monday, October 29, 2007. I'll share the results in a future Beading Daily newsletter.

At right: Poinsettia Napkin Rings from the book, Beader's Stash (Instructions are available in the book.)




 Easy Wirewrapped Candle Holder

This week's featured project, Clever Candle Wrap, is from the book Hip to Bead by Katie Hacker. I asked Katie how she got the idea for this project. Here's what she said:

"I wanted to find a way to incorporate beads into a candleholder because I'm always looking for ways to incorporate beads into my décor. I thought they'd look pretty with candlelight glinting off of them. I'd seen this wire-wrapping technique used on hoop earrings and it just took a little experimenting to transfer it to my coiled wire design."

This would be an easy gift to personalize–use the recipient's favorite colors or use colors that match the season or holiday. It's also a great way to use those leftover beads from another project.

On Wednesday, I'll have more from Katie Hacker, including her thoughts on beading trends.

From the Mailbag . . .

Thanks to everyone who added their ideas and tips to last Friday's post, Kazuri Beads and Other Good Causes. One reader wrote me to say how much she loved seeing beads change lives. Another was happy to find a good cause to donate some handmade lampworked beads. If you know of any beading charities or good causes, please add your comments so that everyone can benefit.

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. Over the weekend, she started a simple wiredworked bracelet with black and white beads. She'll share a photo of it soon.

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5 thoughts on “Beaded Home Decor Trend

  1. Has anyone tried to wire wrap silverware or serving spoons? I recently tried, and the technique is easy enough, but I’m wondering how you finish off your pieces? Do you need to glue the ends down or fuse the silver wire to the serving spoon somehow to make it dishwasher safe?

  2. So many times, beaded decor items I see as projects look like er, um, well, I won’t say.

    In fact, I didn’t even bother reading this beading daily post, until it was referenced in the next post.

    I am going to see how I like some bead embroidery on some knit and felted pillows, but I’m only doing an outline. I feel if this type of project were shown in a magazine, it’d be filled in, and generally too . . . . um, not . . . well, anyway. Partly because of how and with what types of beads they’d fill it in with. Too flashy, too . . . tacky.

    There, I said it. I think, for MY taste I’m saying, that the right little touch, done just SO, in understated or elegant or modern ways, in ways I find tasteful, the occasional little bit would work just fine.

    Most beaded decor, though, I don’t find to have much taste.

    This is a PERSONAL matter of taste, and not a bash on anyone’s projects; we all have our own ideas of decor, matters of personal style, and personal taste, so it’s very individual.

    I hope I don’t get slammed for this, just being honest, which is what you want, I think.

  3. I agree with Sarah and Lisa, though I think it might be inspiring to have a “gallery” of items sometimes with a few comments on techniques used just for inspiration. I am so happy to have (finally) got internet access and discovered this site!