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.

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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

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INSTRUCTIONS

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.

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Step 1:

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.

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Step 2:

Thread five (5) additional beads onto the wire.

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Step 3:

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.

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Step 4:

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.

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Step 5:

Thread the wire through bead #2 and repeat steps 2 through 4 until you’ve created six (6) arms to complete the snowflake.

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Step 6:

Wind the wire around the inner circle a few times to secure it in place. With wire cutters trim off the excess wire.

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Step 7:

Attach a piece of ribbon or string for hanging.

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Introducing Craft Tin

My friend Cathie and I were brought together via our day jobs, yet over a period of time we realized that our passion for making needed another outlet. So over the past year we dreamed and schemed of what our “dream job” would be. It would be a perfect combination of crafting, creating and mingling. So after many long talks of what we REALLY wanted to do with our lives, Craft Tin was born.

The name Craft Tin comes from our two blog names, Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim. We first thought of calling our endeavour Kraft Tin…but then we didn’t want people to think we were all about cheese. :) So we kept it traditional and left the “c” in “craft.”

Craft Tin is in just the beginning phases, but in the next few months we’ll begin to expand and offer maker workshops for all types of projects. Our goal is to get people together who love to make things, learn new techniques or skills, as well as foster a creative community. For now we wanted to share with you some photos from our first ever Craft Tin event in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Crafting and Mingling

For the event we created “sugar skulls” out of mini paper mache skulls. We prepped the skulls with white spray paint and allowed everyone to decorate their own using paint pens. To finish them off we then adorned them with mini jewels and battery powered lights to light them up from the inside.

 

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The night was fantastic! These ladies are super creative and we are so grateful that they took time out to try our “beta” event. Stay tuned for more updates on Craft Tin, and please follow us on Instagram to see our dream become a reality!

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