Rainbow Knotted Necklace

Knotted NecklaceI’ve seen a few of these knotted necklaces on the high street and pinterest and I like the idea, but the colours are rather drab, and they mostly use the same beads. I decided to make my own, using fab bright colours and lots of sparkle. This is quite a big project, a good few hours, so make sure you have a couple of films and somewhere safe to keep it between sessions.

You will need: some really lovely beads and a lot of them! I found a great website – http://www.k2-accessories.com which sells 25g beads for £0.40, another great source for beads are sets, which you can find in shops like The Works and The Range or Hobbycraft. You will also need invisble thread, metal wire and pliers (or a clasp if you prefer).

Cut your invisble thread into 10 1m lengths. Choose the colour for one strand, tie a bead to the thread, leaving 3 inches of bare thread. Start to thread your beads onto the thread and carry on until you have 3 inches left. Secure the last bead with a couple of granny knots. Make a small circle out of the wire with your pliers and spiral the wire so you have a secure loop.Tie the beaded strand to the loop securely. 20140225_104350Now simply repeat this with the other invisible threads. Don’t worry if your knots look a bit messy, you can always trim the ends of at the end. It’s important all your beaded strands are the same length, so your beaded knot is nice and neat.Knotted NecklaceMake an S Shape out of another shirt length of wire, this will form your clasp. Make a little loop in one end of the S, and a hook on the other. 20140225_104236Tie the other ends of the beaded strands to the loop which is part of the S clasp. Again, don’t worry about it being a bit messy!

knotted necklaceOnce your threads are all tied to either end of the loops, take your beaded strands and tie them all into a large granny knot. Then knot again so it is a nice big chunky, rainbow knot. Trim all the ends neatly and you’re sorted.

knotted necklaceI’m dead pleased with the result, I love statement jewelery and making your own with your own colours is so much better than buying one off the high street. I’ve had loads of compliments on my necklace, I think using different types of beads adds a great texture and you can use whatever colours you want. This is a lovely project, and I hope you enjoy making your own.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Little Beaded Button Flowers

I love buttons and beads, as you know. So why not combine them?? These super cute flowers are really easy to make and look so pretty. They are also nice and quirky – I certainly haven’t seen them in any … Continue reading

Sparkly 16 Birthday Card

20140204_181618I like to make my own cards much more than buying one. It was my lovely little sister in laws birthday last week so I made her a card, full of sparkles and buttons and glitter. Here’s how.

You will need: A5 card, beads, buttons, glitter, sequins, double sided sticky tape, black ink and a happy birthday stamp.20140204_174619

First of all draw out the birthday number you want to use in pencil. Then use little strips of double sided sticky tape to cover over the number forming a sticky number, making sure you leave enough space for your greeting stamp.20140204_175058

Peel off one of the backing pieces of tape and start to cover it with sequins. Only use a couple of small buttons and then fill in the gaps with seed beads. Make sure you press down on the buttons and beads hard so that they are stuck down safely. 20140204_180030Carry on peeling off section after section and covering with sparkles. Once you are happy with the effect give the buttons another push down. 20140204_181018Cover your stamp with ink and press down firmly onto the card in the place that you want. I find these plastic reusable stamps and a see through block are the best as you can see exactly where you want to put the design.20140204_181448

That’s it – super simple but really effective and tactile. And sparkly. You could do any number (11 is a winner!) and use coordinating colours. Why not add other embellishments like mirrors and gems. What about scrabbles tiles or sweetie wrappers? Get creative!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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‘So Many Buttons’ Garland

20140204_213502I think I may have mentioned my love of buttons, and hangy things – so I made a button garland! A bit like those gaudy 70s bead curtains but with buttons – therefore awesome. This is a bit of a fiddly one, lots of tying knots with invisible thread but totally worth it. Make one for your door, your wall, your window – be creative! I chose to do a multicoloured one as our room is always needing a bit more colour but if you want to make one with coordinated colours you can buy packs of coordinating buttons from most craft shops. I recently bought a big job lot of buttons from amazon, eBay is also great.

You will need: scissors, invisible thread, wool (3 colours), a safety pin and buttons, large beads (optional).

Basically all you are doing is making a chain of buttons – to do this first of all chop a small piece of invisble thread (about 6cm) and tie one end through one whole of the button with a double knot. 20140121_223830Then tie another button to the other end of the thread. Carry on doing this until you have made a chain of about 10 buttons (this is up to you, if it is for a door curtain then obviously make longer button chains).20140121_223933 You can also tie some beads into your garland, just thread the invisible thread through the centre of the bead and secure it with a knot, then tie the other piece of thread through the centre and secure with a knot. Keep making chains of buttons until you think you have enough to cover your space. Hang them over the sofa or a chair to stop them from tangling.20140121_223643Marvellous, now for the main thread, I plaited three colours like I did for the Beaded Heart Garland you can find on my blog – for a quick reminder, cut three colours of wool into lengths just longer than the length of your space. Tie them together, safety pin it to something secure (like your jeans) and plait away! 20140107_173448Use drawing pins to secure the long length to your wall. Then simply tie your strings of buttons to the wool, at 5cm intervals with a secure double knot.20140204_215517So there we go, a lovely garland of colourful buttons – this would also be great for a kids room, providing the buttons were very securely tied and out of reach! I chose to hang mine above my Lots of Love Hearts garland, for a double whammy of sparkly, dangliness so you should definitely make one of them too – follow the link at the bottom of the page.
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Love, Mrs Gardom

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Lots of Love Hearts Garland

20140121_173518Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!

You will need: Invisible Thread, Metal Wire, Round-nosed Pliers, 2 Drawing Pins, Beads (as many sizes, shapes, colours as you can find!), Wire Cutters, Wool (3 bright colours), A Safety Pin.20140102_200451

Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.20140107_143839When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.20140107_143855

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20140107_143932 Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.20140107_173448Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.

20140121_193839#1Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.20140107_220659There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.20140121_192152

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Toast the New Year with Beaded Wine Glasses

20131230_202932Yesterday I really fancied making something. I have a complete love affair with beads, and decided to try and spruce up our wine glasses a bit. These are quite simple to make, and will look fab at your New Years Eve Party, what better way to celebrate than with a gorgeous sparkly wine glass, in your favourite colours. I think I might make some as sets for presents as well.

You will need a selection of glass beads, I chose to use lots of rainbow colours, 40cm metal wire, about 0.7mm thick, a pair of round nosed pliers, and a wine glass.

20131229_171424Start to spiral the beaded wire around the stem of the glass, loosely to start with.

20131229_181408Bead the wire until you have about an inch left. Make a small loop with pliers to secure the beads. 20131229_184717Then tightly wind your beaded wire around the stem of the glass, using the unbeaded wire to make a loop around the stem to secure it.20131229_184902#1And you’ve finished! You could go crazy and do martini glasses, champagne flutes, anything with a stem! If you wan the wire to be more dense around the stem use a bit of extra wire as well. I’m really chuffed with these, a simple, quick craft that you can use.

Have a great New Year, Love Mrs Gardom

Beaded Heart Decorations

20131219_151216I made these beaded heart decorations for our christmas tree this year and used red, gold, clear and pearl beads. They would also be lovely to hang as decorations all round the year, in colours to match your room.20131219_134421You will need wire, thin enough to thread beads onto, round nose pliers, wire cutters, invisible thread and beads. Beads can be quite expensive from haberdashery shops so I would suggest buying cheap jewelery with small beads from shops like Primark and using those beads, also try stationery shops like The Works, who often sell nice sets of beads for a couple of pounds.

20131219_134724Choose a set of colours, no more than 4 to keep it simple and measure about 20cm of wire for large decorations, and 15cm for smaller decorations. Cut your wire and fold it in half, using your pliers to squeeze the middle into a neat V shape. Start threading your beads, make sure you use a variety of colours and sizes.

20131219_140741Thread the beads on one side of the heart, leaving about an inch of wire free, use the pliers to squeeze the wire, stopping the beads from slipping off. Do the same for the other side of your heart.20131219_144711Then join both ends of the wire with a twist and bend into a heart shape.

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Twist the ends of the wires tightly together and then fold the twisted wire into a loop, securing it by squeezing the loop with the pliers.

20131219_150615Tie a loop of invisible thread through the wire loop you have created and bend the heart into shape again. And thats it!

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You can try different wire shapes, like stars, but hearts are easy enough to shape and look lovely.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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