I designed this flower basket beaded box as a Mother’s Day gift. If you know my work, then you will know that I have already made a three-dimensional flower basket. Well, with all the beaded boxes I’ve been designing, I had an idea… My original flower basket would translate well into a beaded box…
A few words about the flower basket beaded box
So, I’ve made some pretty big adjustments to the way I created the flowers in this design. The basket itself just needed some amendments to turn it into a box.
The finished box measures about 2″ across the base and is about 4″ high (to the top of the handle). So, you can fit quite a few little treats in this!
If you also want to try my original flower basket ornament, you can find the pattern here >>
I made the flower basket beaded box with size 10 delicas. Before you ask, I’m afraid this project does need the size 10s. But you can buy them from me here in 10g or 50g packs.
You see, you are also going to be mixing in some SuperDuos. (They’re not obvious in the finished design, but are critical!). Now, SuperDuos will not sit well with size 11 Delicas. So, please don’t try to scale this down, even if you are tempted because you have loads of size 11s already!
You are also going to be using some size 11 Delicas to add the flower decoration.
For the flowers, I used a combination of 4mm pearls and 5mm flower beads. You can choose any kind of flower beads – the Czech glass flowers work well, so would the forget-me-not beads. So, if you already have some in your stash, this is a great way to use them up!
Choose a beading thread that will give you excellent tension. The box is self-supporting – so is the handle – so, you need good tension to achieve this. My personal preference is for Fireline, but I know that not everyone will agree with me. So, use whatever thread works best for you.
I also have a complete kit for this project, which you can find here>>
Experience and Techniques
The main flower basket beaded box is made with Peyote stitch. I have assumed that you are already familiar with the following:
- circular peyote
- tubular peyote
- making increases and decreases
So, if any of those is new to you, you might need to do a bit of homework before you try this project. Happily, I can help you out with free tutorials to cover those techniques. So, just get what you need from the free tutorials on this website.
I made the basket handle using tubular herringbone. I have included a little technique refresher for that.
Now, I mentioned that I have mixed some SuperDuos into this. Well, they do increase the difficulty. So, I would recommend this project for advanced or experienced beaders.
If you are less experienced, then my original flower basket pattern might be a better option for you to begin with.
How will you use your flower basket beaded box?
So, maybe you use the flower basket beaded box as a Mother’s Day gift, like me. Or maybe for a birthday or some other special occasion. It also just makes a great ornament.
What will you do with your beaded box…?