Flowers from wire and wire with your own hands

Ganutel - flowers from threads and wires. The technique of making such articles is devoted to the article. The name comes from the word canutiglia of Italian origin, which translates as "thin, twisted thread." A bit of history To make flowers from threads and wires came up in one of the monasteries located on the island of Malta, during the time of the Crusades

Ganutel - flowers from threads and wires. The technique of making such articles is devoted to the article. The name comes from the word canutiglia of Italian origin, which translates as "thin, twisted thread."

A bit of history

To make flowers from threads and wires came up in one of the monasteries located on the island of Malta, during the time of the Crusades. In the 18th century, the art of making such ornaments began to spread throughout Europe. However, in the past century, wire and thread flowers were declared to be absolute bad taste, and this decor completely disappeared from the houses of the inhabitants of the Old World.

Only the old custom of decorating the altars of Catholic churches made it possible to preserve this kind of needlework. Moreover, to this day Maltese monks are ordered to make such artificial flowers for St. Peter’s Cathedral and the residence of the Pope of Rome.

More recently, the government of this island nation decided to revive interest in the traditional ganutele technique. Courses were organized where they teach how to make flowers from threads and wires with their own hands.

What is required for making simple jewelry using ganutel technique

In our country, flowers from threads and wires became known relatively recently, but immediately many who wished to wear a tiara made in this technique appeared at the wedding. Ganutel decor is also suitable for bags, as well as it is used when creating a boutonniere for the groom.

For the manufacture of the simplest version of the flower of the threads and wire will need:

  • scissors;
  • knitting needle or hook;
  • shiny threads (iris, silk or floss metallic);
  • wire;
  • satin ribbon green.

Which wire is suitable for creating jewelry using the ganutel technique

Oddly enough, experienced craftsmen do not recommend purchasing materials required for the manufacture of handicrafts in specialized stores for needlework. In their opinion, coil colored wire with a cross section of 0.3 mm, including imported wire, is not suitable. It is better to use its analog from copper intended for repair and creation of a winding of transformers and electric motors. This wire cross-section of 0.2 mm at the price of 200-400 rubles. per 1 kg is used after adding twice. When choosing copper coils, it is better to take a lighter wire that looks softer.

The wire with a section of 0, 31 mm does not suit at all.

How to make blanks

Flowers from threads and wires (see photo above) are created as follows:

  • cut a piece of wire with a length of 30-50 cm;
  • the wire is tightly wound on a hook spiral, starting from 1/3 of its length;
  • 29-30 turns are produced;
  • the end of the wire is bent at an angle of 90 degrees so that the result is a "P" -shaped design;
  • billet stretch to the sides to the desired size.

Petal making

In the manner described above, 7 blanks are twisted. When the work is completed, proceed to the creation of petals.

For this:

  • each coil is bent into a drop-shaped loop;
  • straight ends of the wire are connected, twisted around each other so that the frame of the petal is obtained;
  • take the thread of the desired color;
  • tie its tip to the place of twisting the wire;
  • pull the thread in the direction of the opposite edge of the frame of the petal and, rounding the wire helix, hold it back to its base;
  • again hold the thread up with a shift of 1 helix spiral to the left;
  • "Go down" back with a shift on the coil to the right;
  • continue to wind the thread in the same way, shifting by one turn of the spiral;
  • the result is a petal.

Flower assembly

By the method mentioned above, you need to make the required number of petals of the desired shape. Then they are put together and the base is twisted. To make it turn into a stalk, a green satin ribbon or threads of the same color are wound tightly around it.

Having reached the bottom of the base, they make a couple of turns and rise, continuing to wind the tape, up to the middle of the stem.


  • make 2-3 turns around the stem, right at the base of the free loop;
  • tightly fix the resulting leaf with an eyelet;
  • straighten the petals;
  • sewed or glued with hot glue to the center of the flower bead.

Another option winding threads

Those who are interested in how to make flowers from wire and thread, can try other ways to create them in the Maltese traditional technique ganutel.

In particular, there are several options for winding threads on the blank frame. For example, you can do this:

  • fasten the thread at the base of the frame;
  • to wind it on the frame, as on a coil, passing between the turns of the spiral;
  • reaching the top of the petal, make a turn around the spiral;
  • skip the thread in the middle of the frame, down to its base;
  • fasten a loop at the base.

Creating a composition in the ganutele technique: what you need

For such crafts will need:

  • 60 g multi-colored beads;
  • 0.7 mm wire;
  • knitting needle for winding springs and create blanks;
  • 0.4 mm thick bead wire;
  • silk threads with metallic luster;
  • scissors;
  • beads for the heart of the flower;
  • floral ribbon;
  • glue gun;
  • ruler;
  • pliers;
  • plate;
  • decorative beaded butterfly.

Operating procedure

Creating blanks in a slightly different way than described above. The procedure is as follows:

  • the finished spring is evenly stretched so that there is approximately the same distance between the coils;
  • insert a piece of wire through the thicker;
  • make a loop, for this purpose, bend the workpiece using the bottle of the desired diameter, and twist the ends together;
  • give the petal or leaf the desired shape.

Next, proceed to the winding of threads, using a parallel method. For this:

  • the workpiece is wrapped with thread;
  • fix the end of the thread at its base;
  • wrapping the workpiece, moving up, and not missing a single loop of the spring;
  • complete the process in the middle upper part of the frame;
  • the thread is lowered down;
  • stretching, bending the frame.

Other petals are made in the same quantity in the same way.

Assembly and decoration of the flower

First of all, the stamens are made of wire and beads. For this purpose:

  • 2-3 beads are put on a thin wire twice as long as the desired one;
  • fold in half;
  • twisted.

Thus, create the right amount of stamens. Put them together. Placed around the petals and tightly wrapped with wire. The loose ends are twisted. Make out a leg with a floral ribbon.

Assembly composition

After the required number of colors and ribbons have been made, proceed to the final stage of work.

For this:

  • alabaster is diluted with water;
  • poured into a decorative plate, not reaching the edges of 1 cm;
  • wait a couple of minutes;
  • insert the tips of the stems into alabaster to the bottom of the plate;
  • until it hardened, sprinkle its surface with multi-colored beads;
  • Attach a decorative butterfly on a plate.

Some tips

The best assistant in order to learn how to make flowers from threads and wires is a book. Print the scheme you can using the printer. They allow you to create a sketch for the original crafts. So you can immediately estimate how much wire, thread, beads and beads you need, as well as get an idea of ​​the final form of the composition, buttonhole, tiara or other decor item that you are going to make.

Using the ganutel technique, you can make very beautiful and original earrings. To do this, you need a fairly strong wire. After the ends of the wire are connected, a "drop" is formed. They put on a metal bead. Then we wind one end around the other three times and cut off the excess. From the 2nd end make a loop. Attach a fastener to it. Wrapped "drop" multi-colored thread in the manner described above. The result is a very beautiful earring. Similarly, make another one.

Now you know how to make flowers from thread and wire. Products created using the ganutele technique will become an original accessory for your wedding hairstyle, will decorate the outfit of a little princess, or can be used as a decor for a bezel, bag or buttonhole.