How to Make a Marble Dangle Plant Poke
It’s a dreary, cold, rainy late February day and my mind is longing for the day the flower containers are in full bloom. Spring has got to be on the way, there are daffodils coming up. Crocuses bloomed only to be snowed on. It will come, it just seems so far off this time of year. I’m going to make something cheery! So let me show you how to make a marble dangle plant poke.
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Gather Marble Dangle Supplies
These charming. little guys are perfect in a flower pot container or in a garden. They give a planter that extra something tucked in the blooms. Likewise they add pizzazz to the garden or a tree limb therefore making them perfect for spring and summer decorating.
First thing to do is gather your supplies for the marble dangle plant poke project.
- 20 gauge wire
- 7/16′ dowel rod (mine is cut to 6 “)
- decorative beads
- 14 or 16 gauge wire
- wire cutters
- round nose pliers
Twist the Beaded Curly Q
Begin with the 20 gauge wire. Take the round nose pliers and make a crimp big enough to slip the bead onto at the end of the wire. Start wrapping the wire around the bead. The first wrap needs to be very close to the bead so it doesn’t fall out. Wrap another couple of times until it looks like you want.
Now make a sharp 90 degree turn in the wire. Center it above the curl. Begin wrapping the wire around the dowel about 12-13 times and slip the rowel out of the spiral. Place the marble you want on the top of the spiral and work it into the opening. The spiral will stretch enough to allow the marble in and you can work it down to the bottom. That first marble is the hardest, but it stretches the spiral to the size of the marble so the following 4 side in easier. Once all the way in, twist the wire in a smaller circle to keep the marble from falling out
Make Sure Marbles Are Secure
Once all of the marbles are in the spiral make sure they are not going to fall out. Each marble should have at least 2 rounds of the spiral holding it in place. Twist the wire in a small circle at the top to enclose the marbles and ensure they won’t fall out. Make another 90 at the top of the marble.
Measure 6” of wire and cut. Crimp the end as you did at the bottom and place another bead on the wire. I used a slightly larger bead for the top. Wrap the wire around the bead as before fanning it out again until it looks the way you want.
Now it’s ready to hang in an Annual Flower Container or out in the garden.
Make the Poke
So the dangle is finished and needs to dangle from something. Cut a 23” length of the 14 or 16 gauge wire for the poke. Wrap the wire around the dowel leaving an open circle, measure 2 ” and wrap the wire total around the dowel in the opposite direction as the hook until it is a full circle.
That’s it. So there you have a great. little accessory for your warm weather decorating.
So now that you can make them, what are you going to do with yours? Please leave a comment and or a photo of your creations. I would love to see them. Happy crafting!