You guys—this is probably the craziest, most labor intensive do-it-yourself project that I’ve done.
The beautiful DIY mardi gras bead champagne art that now hangs proudly over my bar cart took no less than eleven months to complete, $60 worth of six different color mardi gras beads, and over four 24-packs of hot glue gun sticks.
I shamelessly forced at least five of my friends to help me cut the mardi gras beads off their strands, and probably skewed my Amazon Prime profile to “mardi gras obsessed” along the way.
This whole project started one Friday afternoon when I was procrastinating at work, pinning things to my apartment decor board on Pinterest. I stumbled on this beautiful canvas, and spent the next few days trying to track down a similar one on the Internet.
When I showed it to my coworker, she told me I should just make one myself since it looked simple enough. A few days later, more mardi gras beads than I could count showed up on my door step and there was no turning back.
Even though it took me 11 months to complete, that factors in a lot of procrastination because, sometimes, the last thing you want to do after work is sit on the floor with a hot glue gun, you know?
So on the off chance you want to undertake this project yourself—and no, I definitely am not starting an Etsy shop anytime soon—here’s how I made this beauty:
1. In the center of a 24 x 36″ canvas, I sketched the outline of a champagne bottle with a ballpoint pen. It doesn’t matter if it’s neat because the whole surface of the canvas will eventually be covered. (Sidenote—I totally cheated since my freehand is subpar at best and printed out a bottle on a few sheets of paper and taped them together to make a stencil.)
2. Cut beads off string and sort by color. I used gold, pearl white, orange, light green, dark green, and black. I purchased more white and gold beads than the the other colors since I knew I would be using more of them.
3. Hot glue beans onto canvas. I usually put down enough glue for three to four beads at a time so that the glue wouldn’t dry out.
4. Hang and enjoy when done! (Mine is supported by four nails because those beads are heavy!)
And if you do decide to make one of your own or use this method to create some other fab wall art, learn from my mistakes—order more beads than you think you’ll need.
I ran out of white pearl beads about halfway through and went to order them on Amazon. Turns out, the vendor stopped selling them and it took me three more vendors—and hassle-filled returns—to get an exact match again.
Added bonus—you’ll be all set when fat Tuesday rolls around again. Cheers!