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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Wooly Christmas Bauble Tutorial

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Last year me and Sam were looking around John Lewis for fancy christmas baubles (don’t worry we only bought two) and saw some cute ones that looked like balls of wool, but they were expensive! I decided to make some myself this year and here’s how i did it.

You will need…a cheap plastic bauble, wool (just cheap wool from a pound shop or wilkos will do – its about the colour), double sided sticky tape and scissors.

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First of all you need to stick a strip of double sided tape on the bauble from one side to the other, peel off the backing and add another strip from the other side all the way around.

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Once you’ve done this stick the end of your wool to the tape and start wrapping. The key to this is to do full circles and make sure you keep covering your bauble evenly. Nobody likes a wonky bauble.

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When there are no gaps and you are happy with the effect, cut off your wool leaving about 4 inches. With this leftover wool tie a loop which is the same size as your bauble. Then slip the loop snuggly over your bauble, which gives a nice neat way to finish. Ta-Dah!!

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I think these are really fun and a nice cheap way to slightly alter your christmas tree colour scheme. If you want to go really crazy, use a couple of different colours, just tying them together and wrapping with three strands of wool instead of one.

20131206_143153Well there we go, first internet tutorial done!

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom