I bought a cheap, gold 18" metal hoop and covered it in a funky yarn that she chose. Then I used 10 pound weight fishing line to create a pie pattern on the hoop to hang more strings of beads.
It's not perfect, but you get the idea.
I started in the center with the longest string of iridescent "bubble" beads and I would take a smaller seed bead to use as a stopper for the bigger bead hole. (I used the biggest iridescent beads I could find at JoAnn's. I bought two sizes. Big and the next smaller size.) I'd tie a knot around the seed bead to stop it from moving and then put the big bubble bead on the fishing line. I'd put the next seed bead up about 3-4" tie a knot and add another bubble. I tied the entire string to the main frame and then I started again on another string.
I have the longest in the middle of the circle. About half way from the center of the circle and the edge, I put another string of beads. This time I alternated big bubble beads and smaller bubble beads and I also found some great purple and turquoise "pearl" beads too.
On the outside of the hoop, I tied my last set of strings. These are the shortest. The graduated lengths give it a little more flow, I think.
This craft takes a little time and patience, but it's worth it.
After you're done stringing all of your beads, I used a 1.5" ribbon and tied three lengths to the height I wanted it to be from the ceiling. I cut the ribbon with a "V" to make it all purty and then used fray check to finish the ends.
I hung it with a Command Adhesive Hook and it was done! My daughter loves it and it adds a little bit of that under the sea that she loves!
|Here's a view from where my daughter's head is when she sleeps.|