How to create beaded curtain tiebacks for less than $10 – Tutorial
I used to sell these fabulous beaded curtain tiebacks on Etsy – I just adore them, now I’m sharing the concept with you so that you can add pops of custom color and design to your home. I’ll show you how to create DIY Beaded Curtain Tiebacks for less than $10 in a few simple steps.
Beaded Curtain Tieback Materials
- 4′ of bendable aluminum wire
- 4 Rings
- Acrylic Beads (lots of them, choose extras)
- Acrylic Small spacer beads (about 20)
See examples of my materials and their costs at the bottom of this post.
Lay out the beads how you’d like to see them arranged on your tieback. I always choose a larger focal one for the center of my beads.
Cut 22″ of wire and wrap the wire through the loop once leaving about a 1.5-2″ tail to wrap.
Wrap the wire around itself in slow steady motions.
Use flat note pliers to push the wire together to create uniform wraps
Snip the wire and tuck it in with your pliers
String on 5 to 8 spacer beads (about 1-1.5″ worth)
Begin stringing your beads, when you get to the center, put your focal bead in place and then string the rest of the line
At the end, add 5 to 8 spacer beads (about 1″ worth – equal to the other end of the beaded curtain tieback
Add your second ring and wrap the wire again, clipping any excess
I make my beaded curtain tiebacks about 18″ long because I like to gather my curtains back pretty tight to allow more light in. I use spacer beads in between the beads to both add design and make my beads last longer.
Here’s a little design inspiration for you – samples of past beaded curtain tiebacks that I’ve sold.
DIY Beaded Curtain Tieback Materials and Costs
I choose bendable aluminum coated wiring. The flexibility is necessary for daily use with your curtains and it’s so easy to manage that I can wrap it with my fingers, so I don’t need a lot of tools.
It’s $1.99 for a package at my craft store, but often it’s 50% off. One package will do for a set of tiebacks.
I use various rings found in the Macrame section and in the jewelry section – usually I get them 8 for $1.99 which will do two tiebacks. I’ve showed you two examples but there are so many different types of rings you could use here.
I choose acrylic beads for my tiebacks, glass are heavy and weigh down the wire and also break and chip if the tieback is dropped. These beads are $4.99 per bag but I only buy them when they’re 50% off, which is every three weeks or so at Hobby Lobby. You’ll need two bags if you go this route. At 50% that’s $5.00 for both.
If you decide to make a set of beaded curtain tiebacks to accent your window treatments, I’d love to see it (and pin it!) leave me a link in the comments below.