Just recently, I went on a wild goose chase after the perfect crystal beaded picture frames to use for table numbers that will go perfectly with the crystal candelabra centerpieces for an upcoming wedding for a client. After searching high and low, and finding way over -priced frames ($20-33 each), and even considering a new business of importing frames from overseas, I decided to take on the Martha Stewart Challenge and the “Do It Yourself” approach. I was a bit hesitant at the beginning, but at the end of the day, the picture frames came out great. Yes, I am now considered a triple-threat and competition for Martha Stewart, but most importantly, I have  a very happy bride. The cost of materials was around $10 each without calculating the time and effort put forth.

Here is what you will need:

4 rows stranded crystal beads by the yard

basic white or silver 5×7 picture frames ($3-4 each)

Clear cement glue

Costume Jewelry flower rings ($10 for 15 rings)

Wood picks for applying glue

If you live in Los Angeles you can purchase all the crystals, glue, wood picks and costume jewelry rings at Beads & Trims in downtown Los Angeles. If you don’t, you can go on their site and order over the phone. They will ship anywhere. The owner of the store is very knowledgeable and will also give you great tips for other great wedding ideas. Picture frames you can get at Michael’s or any other arts and crafts store near you.

Step 1) First cut the strand on 4 row crystal beads into two rows

Step 2) Measure the length of each side of the frame and cut the strand to the appropriate size. I highly advise to first cut all the lengths you need before starting with the glue, as the glue does get messy and you do not want to handle the crystal strands with sticky hands.

Step 3) First glue the two longer length of the frames (the 7″). After you have done so on both sides, glue on the shorter sides.

Step 4) Twist off the band off the costume jewelry and apply glue on the corner of the frame where you plan on having the flower.

Step 5) Make sure that the strands glued around the frame are straight as once the glue dries, you cannot more it.

Good luck!