Beaded Candy Cane Ornament
Part of the joy of the holidays is hanging old and new ornaments on the Christmas tree. For us, ornaments hold memories friends, family, or special events in life. Each year it’s a joy to unpack, unwrap, and hang these ornaments and reminisce what memories they hold. Whether they be store-bought or hand-made, it’s part of the holiday season that is so joyful!
For our last holiday craft, we decided to give the plastic tri-beads candy cane ornament a modern-vintage upgrade! We hope this last craft will inspire you to do more crafting this holiday season. :)
TIME TO COMPLETE
30 minutes for paint dry time, and approx. 5 minutes to assemble.
MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
- 13 wooden beads
- 18 gauge dark annealed wire
- Wire cutters
- Red & white craft paint
- 2 paint brushes
- 2 bamboo skewers
- Ribbon or bakers twine for hanging
Take 7 beads and slip them onto a bamboo skewer (these will become your red beads.) Take the other 6 and slip them onto the other skewer (these will be your white beads.)
Paint the beads using the red and white paint. Using the skewers helps manage the beads better while painting.
Once you’re done painting them you can rest the skewer on top of a bowl or vase to allow them to dry.
Cut a piece of wire approximately 14 inches long. Using your pliers bend one end of the wire into a small loop.
Thread the dry beads onto the wire, starting with a red bead and then a white. Thread all your remaining beads onto the wire.
Carefully bend the top half into a curve to make the top of your candy cane.
Snip off the excess wire about 1/4″ away from the last bead.
Using your pliers, make the same small loop to hold the beads onto the wire.
Cut a small piece of ribbon or twine and tie a piece to the top of the candy cane. Now you are ready to hang your ornament on the tree!
Merry Christmas from Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim!!!!
Wooden Bead Snowflake Ornament
Last month, tinsel + trim and I hosted our second Craft Tin craft party. This time we gathered together friends to create holiday ornaments. Just as last time, it was great fun to catch up, have some eats and drinks, and do a little crafting along the way.
For libations we made a delicious Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria from Cooking Stoned and as part of the nosh we had Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites complete with fleur de sel from The Novice Chef.
Both times we’ve done this, we’ve learned a lot about how much goes into hosting a successful event. Even though it’s hard work, we look forward to continuing our pursuit to bring together craft-minded women for fun and relaxed social gatherings.
We made two ornaments over the course of the evening – a straw Himmeli ornament and a wood bead snowflake ornament. Below are instructions for the latter.
TIME TO COMPLETE:
Give yourself about 30 minutes to complete one ornament.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES:
- 24 gauge jewelry wire
- 12 mm natural wood beads (48 makes one ornament)
- Ribbon or string for loop
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers (optional)
- Instructions PDF
To help explain this project better, here are a couple of diagrams to show how to thread the wire. This is also available as a PDF Download.
Cut a strip of wire about two arms in length. Thread six (6) beads to the end of the wire, leaving about four (4) inches on the tail. Thread the wire back through the first bead and pull it taut completing a circle.
Thread five (5) additional beads onto the wire.
Thread the wire back through the second bead from the top (in the instructions diagram, this is bead #10).
It will take some maneuvering, but try to align the bead so that the holes are on the sides. This makes it easier to add ribbon or string for hanging.
Thread two (2) additional beads. Then, thread the wire through the bottom bead of the arm (in the instructions diagram, this is bead #7).
As you work, make sure to keep the wire taut. Once you thread the wire back through bead #7, you will have a good opportunity to make sure the arm is tight and secure.
Thread the wire through bead #2 and repeat steps 2 through 4 until you’ve created six (6) arms to complete the snowflake.
Wind the wire around the inner circle a few times to secure it in place. With wire cutters trim off the excess wire.
Attach a piece of ribbon or string for hanging.
Recently I came into a vintage aqua beaded necklace. The string was a bit stretched out, but the beads were painted an awesome shade of aqua blue, so I planned on cutting it and up-cycling the beads. I’m not sure if the necklace was my Moms or my Grandmothers, but if the color is any indication of where it’s from…it’s probably from the 60’s.
So take some 60’s beads, add a little hippie to it, and you have a cute little tassel bracelet!! Neither my Mom nor my Grandmother were hippies, but I’m sure they’d like this bracelet. :)
- Wooden beads (colored or unfinished)
- Embroidery thread
- Business card
- Stretch Magic (.5mm doubled-up or 1mm single)
- Needle nose pliers
This DIY should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how fast you are with stringing beads. :)
Pick out your beads and embroidery thread colors. I inherited my aqua beads, so I picked some complimentary colors to go with them.
Take a standard business card and wrap the embroidery floss around the short end 20 times.
Cut a separate piece of embroidery thread and slip it underneath the wrapped thread. Bring the thread to the top of the loop and tie a tight square knot.
Cut the thread at the bottom (opposite end from the knot) and remove it from the business card. Now FLIP the tied tassel so the knot is on the UNDERSIDE of the tassel. This way the knot is hidden. Fold over the thread over the tapestry needle. Keep the needle in place for the next two steps.
Now to finish off the tassel. Cut off a separate length of thread approximately 15-18 inches, and with the needle on your right, start to wrap the thread around the tassel. Use the below diagram for a visual guide.
A – Hold one end of the thread at the bottom end of the tassel.
B – With the other end of the thread, wrap it tightly around the top edge of the tassel…
C – And around the bottom.
D-G – Repeat this process again several times until it wraps about 1/4″ of the tassel.
H-I – Take your loose ends and tie a double square knot. Trim off that extra thread so it matches the rest of your tassel ends.
Cut a long piece of the Stretch Magic thread and thread it through the eye of the needle. I used a double strand of .5mm cause that is what I had on hand. You could probably just use one strand of 1mm if you have that. Once you’ve threaded the needle, pull the needle + stretch magic through the tassel.
String the beads on each side of the tassel equally. Depending on your bead size, this will vary. Test it out a few times as you’re stringing to see how long you like it around your wrist.
Once you have the length you like, tie the two ends of the stretch magic in a double knot and trim the ends.
You can wear them by themselves or in a group of different colors! Have fun with them!
Geometric wood bead necklace
I love the geometric/fractal trend, as well as wooden crafts, so it was inevitable that I would end up doing a craft including both. I ordered these wooden beads hoping I would get them in time for my Longest Day Craft Open House but of course they showed up a few days after. Isn’t that the way? :) Nonetheless, I broke these open this week, and finished my friends long overdue birthday present. I painted a variety of colors so she can make whatever combination she likes! :) (This one is for you Panda!)
TIME TO COMPLETE
Depending on how many beads you paint this DIY should take you under 30 minutes.
Painting the beads is the fun part. :) You can paint them partially or full. The more beads you paint, the more combos of this necklace you can create! Make a combo for every outfit!
To paint the beads easily, slip a bead on the end of a skewer. Once you have your desired paint job complete, place the skewer in an upright position, and let it dry. I find that most craft paints you don’t need more than 1 coat, but some colors (like the dark ones) need 2 coats.
Cut your ball chain to the length you desire. Then attach your chain connector to one end of the chain.
Once the beads are dry, attach your chain connector on one end of the ball chain. Then slip the beads onto the chain in the order you prefer.
Now you are ready to rock the geo!