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 25: Snowflake table runner

Merry Christmas! Many wishes to you and yours on this holiday.

For the final installment of 25 Days of Crafts, tinsel + trim and I thought about how we bring a special, handmade touch to the dinner table this Christmas. A snowflake runner offers a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your decor and is versatile enough to go with just about anything.

Thank you for joining us on this whirlwind craft adventure.  It’s been great fun working with tinsel + trim, trying new techniques, and exercising our creative muscles.

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TIME

While the technique is simple, it may take you 3+ hours to complete depending on how long your table is.

MATERIALS

  • Felt snowflakes* (we got ours from PearCreekCottage)
  • White thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors

*We got 8 packs or 96 snowflakes to make a 10′ table runner.

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Step 1:

We are going to make a table runner that is 4 snowflakes wide (approx. 20 inches). To connect the snowflakes we will sew three snowflakes together at their points.

Align your first three snowflakes like so:

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Step 2:

With your needled threaded, stitch together the three points. There are any number of ways to do this, but we just did a basic running stitch. Be sure to loop back around to the first point to complete the connection.

Tie your thread into a knot and snip off the excess thread. You may want to put a drop of Fray-Check to seal the knot

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Step 3:

Continue steps 1 and 2 for the length of your table runner.  We recommend going 4 snowflakes wide by however many long to fit the length of your table.

Sew snowflakes together at the three-point intersections to keep them all connected.

Tip: Place a piece of colored tape on the front side of your table runner.  This will help you from accidentally sewing on the wrong side.

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Ho, ho, ho! You just made a snowflake table runner!

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