Garden Sparkler

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By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Create a whimsical, and colorful addition for your summer yard with this step-by-step tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, fill your muffin pan holes with a single layer of beads.  I chose to sort my beads by color, but mulit-colored discs are pretty too.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees, and bake your beads for 20-30 minutes, until they are melted.  You may want to run the oven fan, as they can smell a bit like hot plastic as they are melting.

Remove from the oven, and let them cool completely.

Turn the pan over, and gently rap against the counter to remove the discs.

Use a drill bit just a bit bigger than the diameter of the wire to drill a hole through opposite sides of each disc.

Using your wire cutters, cut lengths of wire about 12-inches long.

Thread your wire through the holes of your first disc.

Thread 3 colored discs onto each wire, leaving a longer tail at one end.

Add a bead onto the end of the wire, and use your needle nosed pliers to coil the end of the wire into a spiral, and hold the bead in place.

Repeat on one end of each one of your wires.

You can now construct your sparkler in a couple of different ways.  You could hold all of the wires together, twist the wire ends together to hold them, and then attach them to your stick.

You can also do like I did, and use some duct tape to help you position them around the end of your stick, leaving the top 3 inches or so of the stick bare.

Then wrap the tape with wire to cover.  Bend the wires into gentle arcs, so they fall gracefully around the stick.

Take 2 colored discs, and use E6000 to attach them to opposite sides of your middle stick,  covering the exposed dowel, and adding a center decoration.  Let dry.

Now plant your garden sparker in your flowerbed, or in a pot on your patio, and enjoy the beautiful spark of color!

Happy Crafting!

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