Hola Everyone!

A couple of months ago I posted a Woven Bead Planter that I had made using plastic fuse beads. What you might not know is that after I made that first planter and posted it here, I got a teensy bit obsessed, and continued making more and more planters… In fact I may have run out of space on my windowsill. Just maybe. And since I experimented with a bunch of different patterns, I thought you guys might like seeing all my other planters.

As you can see, some of the patterns were relatively simple and some were, well, exceedingly more difficult. One of the most difficult, surprisingly, was my multi-colored camouflage planter, precisely because there was no pattern, but colors had to cut in and out of rows and be somewhat random looking. So for this pattern I actually drew out the entire thing on graph paper, and with sharpie I marked each row as I wove it into the piece, because otherwise I got WAY too confused. Especially since the colored pencil colors didn’t match the plastic bead colors. (For instance brown might be turquoise.)

For other patterns I also drew them out on graph paper, but I would only draw a couple of repeats to get a handle on the pattern and then once I got going I was usually able to just keep repeating the same pattern over and over in the weaving. I started out sketching patterns on the computer, but then found it was just much simpler and faster to sketch out on graph paper, and so I switched techniques. Here you’ll see the small plaid patterned planter I made (try saying that three times fast!) and you’ll see the plaid pattern sketched out. However, you might notice that the pattern doesn’t quite match the planter. That’s because I either figured out the first plaid in my head, or on the computer, but however I did it I don’t have a graph paper sketch for it. But I do have a graph paper sketch for another planter I’m working on that I haven’t finished yet, which uses a much larger size plastic container as the base, and so I needed to sketch out how the plaid would get extended when it was six rows higher.

As you’ll see, once I got a handle on the simple plaid I decided to try more of an argyle sort of plaid, and I also got excited about trying it in one specific color palette, pink! What you’ll notice on the top of this pattern is I sketched out what rows I was going to envision being woven together, and created a pattern of White, Light Pink and Medium Pink intersecting. I then envisioned the rows moving diagonally down in both directions from the starting point at the top. As those rows intersected I would decide what color had been created. So for instance if two Light Pink lines were intersecting they would create Medium Pink. If a Light Pink and a Medium Pink intersected you got a Dark Pink. And where two Medium Pink lines intersected you got Purple. And so on, assuming that the White rows were essentially transparent, so they would get overridden by the colored row. (A Medium Pink row and a White row results in Medium Pink, not Light Pink which is what would happen if you were actually mixing paints, for instance.) Honestly the hardest thing of all was figuring out the 5 colors of colored pencil to use! Once that was figured out I found the actual pattern pretty intuitive to draw. As for beading the pattern, well I made myself a little black cutout template thing that looked like a saw-tooth, so I could slide up and isolate the row I was actually beading in case I was getting lost. I didn’t need to draw over the rows in sharpie this time because it was easy to see where exactly I was because of the strict pattern and the fact that the colors matched. (My pattern extended further to the left, I just wanted you to see more about how I built the pattern at the beginning.)

I hope these have inspired you to try out some bead weaving patterns of your own. (And I hope you’ve enjoyed the small glimpse into my huge succulent collection!) I actually have another Pinterest project to show you next week, as soon as I can get it photographed.

Ciao, Allison

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Wow, this is so unique! Whenever I see these beads I just think of being a little kid and ironing those pictures together. I never thought of really using them for any other reason. I’ll have to get on this soon!

Is there a tutorial I could watch?

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how did you do the diagonal stripes? They look so effective but I couldn’t figure it out!

To get diagonal stripes you first need to figure out how many beads wide your stripe is, and that’s how many beads you weave on in a row. So the planter with all the single width stripes, as you are weaving you add one bead at a time of any given color. So first pink, next blue, then green. Then when you go back you do it backwards, first the green, then blue, then pink. Then you start with your next color, so first yellow, then pink, then blue, and your green stripe may be done. Does that make any sense? Sketching it out on graph paper first can really help visualize it.

Thanks! I’ll give it a try!

This is great – I see it is 20 beads high. About how many rows across did you end up with?

Oh gosh, I have no idea. It all depends on the diameter of the container you are covering…

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Wow. This looks amazing!!! How much time do you need to make one planter cover, like the ones on the top picture?

I didn’t time it, but it took a while. It would also depend on how large your container was, but the weaving is definitely not a quick project, but it is easy to do while watching TV or something like that.

– Allison

These are beautiful!! Well done! Do you mind me asking how you stick them together? ❤️

Hi Lucie,

The beads are actually woven together and then into a ring shape which just slides over the plastic container. At the beginning of the post there is a link to the original tutorial I posted of my very first woven bead planter, which talks more about the weaving techniques.

I hope that helps! Allison

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How do you put it together? The beads?

The beads are woven together. I believe there’s a link to my original blog post, which has all the details of how to weave the beads. This was just an update with more designs and patterns.

I hope this helps! Allison

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Awesome! What type of containers did you cover?

They are plastic Talenti gelato jars.

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Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with plastic infused beads. I saw them awhile back, I was browsing in a hurry for ideas on planters. And that quickly I lost the page. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful ideas. 🙂👌✌from Mary.

These are exceptionally fabulous. What material pot is used in these, please share.

All the details are shared in the original post that is referenced and linked in this update.