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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Bead Buster Garden Stake

By: Tamara from Etcetorize

Add some beautiful color to your garden with this Bead Buster Garden Stake.  Made with some colorful beads and an old wire hanger, this lovely garden ornament is a great way to add some color to your home before the flowers bloom.  This is a great way to use up leftover beads and is a fun craft for kids to do with their parents for friends.  Make beautiful lawn decor you don't have to water with this easy and fun garden craft project!

beaded garden stake


  • Wire coat hangers
  • Assortment of colorful beads, all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Medium guage wire
  • Heavy duty wire cutters
  • Jewelery making pliers/cutters



  1. Using your heavy duty wire cutters, cut the top of your hanger off.

    beaded wire hanger
  2. Straighten out your hanger and bend into a shape you like.

    beaded garden decoration
  3. Cut a piece of medium guage wire about 18" (46cm) long.
  4. Make a small loop at one end to make sure your beads won't fall off.

    beaded garden decoration
  5. String on your beads.  Don't worry about design or pattern, just have fun and throw them on willy nilly.

    beaded garden decoration
  6. When your wire is almost full, make another small loop at the other end to make sure your beads stay on.
  7. Wrap your beaded wire around the hanger wire shape that you made.

    beaded garden decoration
  8. Repeat all of these steps using your second wire hanger.
  9. Hold your two pieces of decorated hanger together and bind together with the medium guage wire.  I bound mine in two places but you can do as much or as little as you want.

    beaded garden decoration
  10. And there you go!  Beads used up!  Ugly wire hangers recycled!  And a pretty ornament in your garden to catch the light.
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I like this idea to start using up some of my beads in my HUGE stash of beads. I think I'll make one of these to put outside and one to put inside with my houseplants. Thanks for the easy decor idea that won't require me to buy even more supplies!

This is pretty brilliant for a garden project and its practical too. I shy away from planting tomatoes because they need support structures but with this I'm willing to give them a try. Plus I have a tone of wire hanger I got from my mother's attic so now all I need to do is to follow the tutorial and buy some seed.

This is beyond cool! I too agree that I would add some little fairy lights to this project. A friend of mine gave me a whole bags of plastic and glass beads that would work perfectly for this,project! I could also see stringing these through the trees or lower bushes, or even as part of a Christmas tree garland, outside or in! Or as a pretty swag or garland in front of a sun filled window! The possibilities are endless!

What a great idea. It's so simple yet so cute. My grand kids will love helping me make this. They don't have to be for a garden. I think they would look fine along my walkway. I have strings of solar lights to mix with them to add to the glittering effect.

I was looking through my FaveCrafts e-mail and found this Bead Buster Garden Stake. What a beautiful way to add glam to a garden. I love this and can't wait to make some and watch the sun shine on them!

LOVE this idea! We will definitely be making some! Thanks for posting! I give it 5 stars just for the idea! :-)

I have made this and the problem is with the heat the beads lose their colors. Would be OK in a shade garden, not in a sunny one.

Very cute....i am just jealous that I did not think of it.... Cute gift and very original. Thanks and keep them coming....


I think this would work well on those tomato cages. Wrapping the beaded wire around those would work too!

we do art shows, might be a way toattract business!

What a great idea. Can put these in bunches and don't have to worry about too much/little sun or water. Thanks for sharing.

I like the idea of adding color to the garden!!!!

love this!


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