Bead-and-pin baskets became a popular craft in the 50s and 60s. The baskets are made entirely out of safety pins, cheap craft-store beads and wire. You can find vintage versions at flea markets, eBay or Etsy for $10 to $25. I decorate my mantel every spring season with my collection of these beaded treasures and have always wanted to make one myself. For this month’s DIY, I broke down the larger, more intricate forms into a smaller easy-to-make gift size. Happy spring! —
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- 2 pair of flat-nose pliers
- wire cutters
- 18 large safety pins
- beads and sequins (sequins optional). I found the best variety at Jo-Ann Fabrics. You have to use the cheap crafty beads with large holes to be sure they thread on to your safety pins. The beads on your base circle must be about 1/3 smaller than the ones on your top circle. You need at least 18 large beads.
1. String beads on all 18 safety pins, filling the bars on each pin.
2. Alternate stringing the 18 safety pins and smaller spacing beads on to the wire.
3. Once all 18 pins are on, bend the wire into a loop. Then, using your pliers, tie and twist the wire closed to form a circle.
4. Next, string the opposite end, alternating safety pin ends with the larger spacer beads.
5. Once all pins and large beads are on the wire, pull tight and tie and twist the wire closed using your pliers.
7. Wedge the loop between a pin and a large bead and hook around the top wire. Then, using your pliers, press the loop closed. Do this on the opposite side, also.