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. :)

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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
  • Pliers
  • Red & white craft paint
  • 2 paint brushes
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • Ribbon or bakers twine for hanging
  • Scissors

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INSTRUCTIONS 

Step 1: 

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.

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Step 2:

Cut a piece of wire approximately 14 inches long. Using your pliers bend one end of the wire into a small loop.

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Step 3:

Thread the dry beads onto the wire, starting with a red bead and then a white. Thread all your remaining beads onto the wire.

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Step 4:

Carefully bend the top half into a curve to make the top of your candy cane.

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Step 5:

Snip off the excess wire about 1/4″ away from the last bead.

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Step 6:

Using your pliers, make the same small loop to hold the beads onto the wire.

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Step 7:

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!

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Merry Christmas from Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim!!!!

Glass Dome Ornament

Today’s project is the third installment in a joint holiday series with tinsel + trim. Last week we made a Wine Box Drink Stand and the previous week we shared how to make Wood Bead Snowflake Ornaments. This time around we took inspiration from vintage ornaments to make this super cute but deceptively simple glass diorama ornament. The hardest, but also best, part is finding the elements for your diorama. Personalize it by drawing from shared memories with loved ones. Thanks to Cathie for putting together this beautiful DIY!

TIME TO COMPLETE

Approximate time: 15 minutes active, 30 minutes waiting

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Glass bell ornament (like this one from Melissa Frances)
  • Items for diorama (like our deer and tree)
  • White cotton roving
  • Miniature tinsel garland (like this one)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Glue stick (optional)

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Paint all sides of the cardboard base that comes with your glass bell. Be sure to paint the edges as well. Allow to dry (approximately 30 minutes).

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Step 2:

With hot glue or a glue stick, apply a small amount of white wool roving. This will appear to be snow when the diorama is complete.

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Step 3:

Before gluing your diorama elements in place, stage them to see how you will want them to appear. Make sure all the items will fit without bending when you place the bell over the diorama.

Step 4:

Apply hot glue to the bottom of your central element, which in our case is a small bottle brush tree. Place the element where you want it to appear in the diorama. Make sure the glue connects with both the roving and the cardboard base.

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Step 5:

Continue to position your elements on the diorama, fixing them in place with glue.

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Step 6:

Place the bell over your diorama. Holding it in place with one hand, apply glue to a portion of the edge. Follow by quickly covering the glue with your tinsel. Repeat around the entire bell diorama.

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Wondrous! You just made a glass diorama ornament!

 

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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Day 24: Vintage card ornaments

What are your most favorite memories from Christmases past?

One of mine is laying underneath the Christmas tree looking up at the lights with my sister. We would talk of Santa, and what presents we thought were under the tree. Another memory (which I would like to forget) is when I broke the baby Jesus’ (from our manger scene) hand off. Of course I got in trouble for that one. It definitely makes for a good memory because now we think back at it and laugh. Oh and by the way…the baby Jesus’ hand was glued back on, and is back in the manger where He belongs.

So today we honor the past with a Christmas Eve craft of vintage card ornaments. It’s also a 2 for 1 day, so make sure to check out tinsel + trim’s ornament as well.

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MATERIALS:

  • Photo copies of vintage Christmas cards
  • Drill and .125″ drill bit
  • 3.25″ wooden circles
  • Martha Stewart wood stain in white wash
  • Medium sized paint brush
  • Colored card stock to match your images
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Silver self-adhesive glitter sheet
  • Scissors
  • Scalloped scissors
  • Glitter glue
  • Silver string to hang

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INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Cathie from tinsel + trim has an amazing collection of vintage holiday collectables, so for this craft she let me borrow a few of her vintage cards. I took the cards to my nearest Kinkos and make a few color copies. If you want to use the originals then that works too!

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STEP 2: Take your wooden circle and drill a small hole in the top using your drill and .125″ bit.

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STEP 3: Paint a small layer of the white wash paint over the front and back of the wooden circle and let it dry completely.

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STEP 4: While the wooden circle is drying, cut a 2.5″ circle out of your cover stock. You can use scissors, an x-acto knife, circle punch or cutting machine. Whatever technique you are comfortable with.

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STEP 5: Flip the circle over and trace around it over your color image. Trim out your color copy approx .125″ from inside of your outline. This will allow you to stack your image on top of the colored stock and give you a nice border.

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STEP 6: Flip your self-adhesive paper over and trace your circle once again. This time when you cut it out, use the scalloped scissors and cut just outside of your line.

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STEP 7: Once you have your three circles cut, glue the image on top of the colored stock. Adhere your glitter paper to your wooden circle, and then glue your image/colored stock combo on top of that.

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STEP 8: Add some glitter glue to the top of your image to enhance it.

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Once it’s completely dry, loop your string through the hole and you are ready to hang it on your tree! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas Eve!

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Day 23: Paper straw ornament

For Day 23 Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim bring you two paper straw ornament crafts. So you can try both crafts with that bag of straws you buy. Or trim up some fancy drinks with the remainder straws. Be sure to check out Cathie’s paper straw ornament. Enjoy!

TIME TO COMPLETE

30 – 45 minutes

MATERIALS

  • Drill and .25″ drill bit
  • .75″ Wooden bead
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • Red paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Small hole punch
  • Thread or twine to hang

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Re-drill the hole in the wooden bead with a .25″ drill bit. This will allow you to put one straw through the bead.

Paint the wooden bead red, or any other color you’d like. Let it dry completely.

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Cut the paper straws in the following lengths:

1 – 6″
1 – 5.25″
4 – 2.5″
8 – 1.5″

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Slip the 6″ long straw through the wooden bead. Place a little dot of hot glue in the center of the straw. Quickly slide the bead up over the glue and place in the center of the straw. Clean off any excess glue from the edges.

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Step 4:

Cut the 5.25″ long straw in half. Place a dot of glue on one end of each and place on the wooden bead to make a cross.

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Step 5:

Take the 4, 2.5″ pieces and place a little bit of glue on each end and place them on the wooden bead in the diagonals.

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Step 6:

Now take the 8, 1.5″ pieces and cut a tiny “v” on the end of each one. This will help it sit in between each straw better. Glue each one in between the straws.

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Step 7:

Punch a small hole in the long straw that runs through the bead and tie a little piece of colored twine to hang it on your tree!

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