Bead Hearts

I once made loads of heart-themed decorations for a craft market. These beaded hearts were a winner and remain so. Make a heart-shaped mould that you can use over and over again.

Recycled items:

solid block of wood, at least 20 cm thick and an area large enough to accommodate the wire template

beads of any size and shape



You will also need:

permanent marker


small nails (with very small heads)

medium gauge galvanised wire (to create the heart-shaped template)

wire cutter

long-nose pliers



  1. Draw a heart shape to your desired dimensions on one side of the block of wood with a permanent marker. Hammer nails partially into the wood, following the heart shape, to create a template.
  2. Use a length of string to measure around the heart, then add another 2 cm. Cut the wire to this length and twist the extra 2 cm into a loop (to prevent the beads from slipping off).
  3. String the beads onto the wire, leaving just enough exposed wire (± 2 cm) to secure the shape.
  4. Bend the bead-covered wire around the template of nails. Twist the two ends together with long-nose pliers and lift the heart off the template.
  5. Trim away any excess wire with the wire cutter.
  6. Decorate the heart with string or ribbon as desired.

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