DIY Wire and Bead Butterfly Magnet

This week I created a sweet DIY wire and bead butterfly magnet made with different gauges of wire and lots of colorful beads.  This is a fun afternoon project and the result is a beautiful bit of color for your refrigerator!

wire and bead art from artterro

I have a tendency to collect random craft supplies and over the years, I’ve collected quite a few different beads.  This project found a great use for those random beads and makes a pretty suncatcher or magnet to brighten up your room.

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For this project you will use:

Assorted glass and plastic beads
1 large wood bead
14 gauge copper wire (thinner wire)
9 gauge wire (thick wire)
Hot Glue

I had a lot of fun sorting through the beads and coming up with an idea.  I decided to create a refrigerator magnet in the shape of a butterfly.  And since I couldn’t decide which beads I liked best, I decided to use as many of them as possible!

wire and bead art from artterro

Use the heavy gauge wire to form the wings and the large wooden bead to create the body of the butterfly.  Begin by running the wire through the bead, forming two wings on one side and then running the wire back through the bead, and forming the wings on the other side, ending inside the bead.

Use pliers to form the wings and twist the end of the wire to the top wing.

wire and bead art from artterro

Use the smaller gauge wire to wrap the beads.  Two of the small gauge wires were started by pushing one end through the center bead to add antennas at the top.

The rest of the wires were simply wrapped around the wings, adding beads as they are wrapped. Use pliers to wrap wires where needed. Such a beautiful selection of beads!  This little butterfly will be beautiful on the fridge!

wire and bead art from artterro

Finish by wrapping the antennas around a paintbrush handle or small dowel to create the twists, and then glue a small magnet onto the back with hot glue.

wire and bead art from artterro

And there you have it!  A beautiful butterfly magnet!

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  • Nicole July 17, 2017, 11:04 pm

    I love butterflies, and love this craft! It turned out so pretty with all the colorful glass beads. Pinned! Thank you for sharing the directions with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  • Elizabeth March 30, 2015, 12:48 pm

    Oops! I guess the giveaway is over! Oh well, I still have new crafting options!

  • Elizabeth March 30, 2015, 12:46 pm

    I can’t choose! With each kit, I can envision projects galore! If I were to be chosen, the choice would be yours! Nevertheless, I have been inspired to find these products and try them out! Thank you!

    • Susan Myers April 1, 2015, 8:16 pm

      Hi Elizabeth!

      Sorry you missed the contest, but these fun kits can be purchased anytime. Artterro makes great products. Or you can purchase wire and beads and make your own! It is an easy and fun project. If you decide to try it, I’d love to see what you come up with!


  • Carol March 28, 2015, 11:06 am

    I love the wire and bead art kit!

  • Peggy Mongrue March 12, 2014, 5:20 pm

    I’m thinking the Wire and Bead Kit for a beautiful Butterfly!

  • Wendy Patterson January 6, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I like the storybook craft kit the best. It would be so fun to use with kids.

  • Sarah B Coenen January 5, 2014, 10:47 am

    What a fantastic website and an even better giveaway! I love the garden art kit, though it was a close one with the felt bugs. Either would be fabulous!!! My husband is in the Air force and leaving for training next week. This would be a WONDERFUL way for my boys to spend their time while missing daddy. We leave for our new base in Feb. and always look forward to planting flowers in the spring. The garden set would be a WONDERFUL way to help our new place to feel like home. All the best for the new year! Thanks for hosting!!!

  • Dreama January 5, 2014, 9:35 am

    The wire and bead kit. Love them all!

  • Debra January 4, 2014, 8:29 am

    Choosing just one was never my forte! I love the kit you showcased – but I also love the bookmaking kit. And the Garden art kit… and…

  • Linda January 2, 2014, 10:59 pm

    I like all the garden art, but like the butterfly Very Cool

  • brenda January 2, 2014, 10:22 pm

    My granddaughter would love this, her and nanna do crafts all the time. She’s only three but trys real hard.

  • Mary Mac January 2, 2014, 5:42 pm

    The art journals kits would be fun to make with the grand kids

  • Sue S. January 1, 2014, 8:59 pm

    I would love to try the Wire & Bead Kit.

  • Evonia Hogan January 1, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Beautiful work, I love all of the kits and tutorials.

  • Kelley Price January 1, 2014, 12:15 pm

    How many times can we enter? I hope I win the butterfly kit. I really want to make it.

    • Susan Myers January 1, 2014, 12:42 pm

      Hi Kelly! Just once! Good luck to you! The kit is pretty awesome.


  • Ginny January 1, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I can totally see me and my daughter doing either the art doll one or the bubble wand one….All of them look great though

  • KaySue January 1, 2014, 9:35 am

    I like the Garden Art Kit.

  • Paula January 1, 2014, 6:26 am

    I really like the kit for the garden art. I need something that pops for my flower bed.

  • Glenda December 31, 2013, 11:38 pm

    I liked the garden kit (tho the wire and bead was a close 2nd).

  • Sunny C December 31, 2013, 11:28 pm

    The Jewelry Collage Set looks so Wonderful!!!! I hope to win it, so that I can create some nice Jewelry!!! 🙂
    Thank-You so much for the chance!!!!

  • Diana December 31, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Oh man could I have fun with this giveaway !LOL I wouldn’t even share it with my granddaughters until after I read the directions !LOL

  • Kelley Price December 31, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Love the butterfly kit.

  • Susan December 31, 2013, 7:34 pm

    I like the wire beading. Just what I need another hobby. Someday I am going to enter a Craft Sale Bazaar… I need to win the bead kit.

  • Marlene December 31, 2013, 6:21 pm

    I like both the Collage Jewelry and the Gardening Kits.

  • Karen December 31, 2013, 12:34 pm

    This looks like a very fun kit. Thanks for the chance! Butterfly is my favorite

  • MARSHA December 31, 2013, 11:47 am

    I love butterflies so that is my fav kit! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • DiEtta Morris December 31, 2013, 11:31 am

    I love the Wire & Bead kit…..I think the “Butterfly” ones would look amazing on a stake and place them in my garden around and in my plants! “Happy New Year” here’s to a year of great crafting and most of all good health! DiEtta Morris

  • Christine December 31, 2013, 11:09 am

    My mom loves butterflies so using this kit to make one would be a great present idea!

  • Amber December 31, 2013, 10:51 am

    My daughter would love to make this butterfly. I would like to win the wire and bead kit.

  • Michelle C December 31, 2013, 10:47 am

    I like the bookmaking kit.

  • Carla December 31, 2013, 9:55 am

    Its too hard to choose, but I love your butterfly and would love to make it for my friend who collects butterfly objects!

  • Anonymous December 31, 2013, 8:36 am

    As a kids craft kit addict I feel this is a great new and diffrent project. Love the kits, love the packaging, Love the design choices. All the kits are wonderful but the butterfly is my favorite. It seems the most versatile.

  • Maureen December 31, 2013, 8:02 am

    I like the bookmaking kit, it would be fun to do with my granddaughter!

  • Camiele December 31, 2013, 5:40 am

    I like the Collage Jewelry set the most.

  • shelly December 31, 2013, 4:55 am

    Actually, I have never heard of the company before. When at their website, I looked around. I can honestly say it would be hard to just pick one item that would be my favorite. The butterfly looks fun to do! So I will say Butterfly.

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