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Plastic Wire Flower Vase – Expanding With Beads

This tutorial has step by step pictures demonstrating the weaving of this plastic wire flower vase. The diameter of the vase will increase when beads are used. These DIY vases were common in India during 1980s.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Things Needed

One bangle

Wire – The number of wire pieces needed for this project depends on the size of the bangle as well as the desired number of petal like triangles at the top of the vase.

I cut 15 wire pieces that were 1.75 meters long.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Fold the wire into half and place it inside the bangle like shown below.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Pass the other two ends of the wire inside the loop and pull.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Add all the cut wires to the bangle.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

The wires will be knotted with each other like shown below. To learn how to make this box / square knot, check this tutorial.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Weave the next row of box knots by joining wires that intersect each other.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Make 6 rows of knots.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

For the next few rows, we will be using beads to expand.  These red beads can be bought in shops that sell wires. But the hole size is a little small so I decided to use pony beads instead.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Add a bead to each wire.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Then make knots.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Repeat the same for the next row.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Diameter is increasing.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

After 6 lines, stop adding beads and continue.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

5 more lines later, add beads and start making the triangles.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Each triangle will have 3 knots as the base. So 5 triangles will be formed because we started with 15 wires.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Make sure you have enough beads before you start the project. If you are going to use taller beads, cut more wire.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Tuck in the excess wire like shown below.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

Artificial flowers can be kept inside. A small bottle filled with water can also be placed inside if using real flowers.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

DIY plastic wire flower vase is ready. Do you remember doing this when you were a kid? If yes, leave a comment below.

DIY plastic wire flower vase with beads - Home decor 1980s India

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