Ahh, upcycled harp string crafts! You know I enjoy those! So here's another one today. This might be a fun project to do with your students. The beads can be a little messy, but good for fine motor skills. If you have younger students, a fun variation would be to use pipe cleaners (chenille stems) and pony beads instead of jewelry wire and seed beads.
Bass (wire) harp string
1. Cut your petal wire a bit longer than the size of your petal.
2. Wrap the wire around the string. Where it meets, wrap the wire together, then wrap the shorter tail around the string, leaving a long tail.
3. Add beads....and beads....and beads.
4. Leave about a one-inch tail of wire, and wrap the tail around the harp string. Where the wire meets, again wrap both pieces of wire together (twisting the two sides of the petal together). Wrap the remaining wire tail around the string.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for however many petals you want.
6. If your petals are slipping down, add some glue to hold them up. If the felt ring is still on your wire, you can take it off before starting, then glue it under the petals to hold them up. You can use tape to hold the drying parts. Or you can use hot glue, but take care not to burn your harp fingers!
7. Once the glue dries, enjoy your flower(s)! You can use your note-embellished skull as a vase.
I made a few variations as well (as seen in the title image). I made one flower with seed beads and sequins and one with three pieces of wire braided together for each one piece of beaded wire on the original version. For that one, some of them were too long, so I just used one piece of wire and looped it around to make two petals.
I'd love to see your take on this project! Make sure to tag me on social media, and/or use #fischarper!
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