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
I 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. Then 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). 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.Marvellous, 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! Use 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.So 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.
Love, Mrs Gardom
I love buttons, the lovely bright colours and the fun shapes. I also hate boring clothes so a couple of years ago I sewed some fab new buttons to a plain back cardigan, and then another purple one with crayon buttons. I think they are really fun and quirky and I thought I’d show you how to make one yourself.
First you need to carefully cut the original buttons off the cardigan. Choose the correct amount of buttons and use some creativity to decide which ones you are going to use in what order. Bright colours work best on black cardigans, if you have a coloured cardigan use colours that complement the colour, so if you are using red, try using purple, orange or pink buttons, if you are using a blue cardigan, use green, turquoise or purple buttons. Thread your needle and tie the end into a sturdy knot. Do a couple of stitches where you want to put the button to secure the thread.Thread on the button and sew through a couple of times. Tie a couple of knots to secure the button and then do the same for the other buttons.
That’s it! I chose to use some fun kids buttons, in a rainbow of colours. Here is the other cardigan, a purple one with a set of crayon shaped buttons. Another thing to check is that the buttons go through the holes.
Love, Mrs Gardom
This year I made lots of my own christmas presents, and these pyrographed heart signs I made were very popular! I was unsure about putting how to make them up on the blog, however I had a bit of research and you can get a pyrography tool for less than £15 on the internet, for example here or here . I am very lucky to have a creative family, I borrowed the pyrography kit from my Mum and my Dad cut the hearts out of beech faced plywood with his scrollsaw. If you don’t have access to a shed full of tools, you can buy ready cut wooden hearts on the internet, for example here or here.
First of all lightly draw your design onto the heart in pencil. I wrote a simple word in curly lettering, and then a doodly pattern around the outside, lots of small teardrops, hearts and flowers that interlock together. Turn your pyrography tool on to a low heat and start to trace the pencil design. Pyrography is just like drawing, use the tool exactly how you would use a pen. Make sure you go over the lettering a couple of times to make it really stand out, and go around the outlines of the shapes.Choose a couple of shapes and fill them in completely, and for others just go around the outlines, splitting the shape into two sections. Thread some pretty ribbon through the top, I used a polka dot red ribbon. You can write names, words, quotes, whatever you fancy that is unique to the person you are giving it to!
This is a larger heart I did in pine for my friend Becky for Christmas. I think these make gorgeous presents, and are totally unique, you could also do them for Valentines Day. This is a craft you can enjoy and be completely creative with, just like sketching, I think it’s really fun.
Love Mrs Gardom
Remember 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!
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.When 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.
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.Now 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.
Hang 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.There 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.
Love, Mrs Gardom
Yesterday 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.
First of all bend about an inch of wire around the stem of the glass, and twist it into a loop, use your pliers to twist the leftover wire neatly and then wrap this tightly around the stem. Now for beading, if you have a mix of colours like I did I find it easier to tip them onto a biscuit tin lid or a tray so it is easier to see the ones you want. Then start to thread the beads onto the wire making sure you alternate colours and sizes.
Bead the wire until you have about an inch left. Make a small loop with pliers to secure the beads. Then 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.And 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
I 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.You 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.
Choose 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.
Thread 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.Then join both ends of the wire with a twist and bend into a heart shape.
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.
You can try different wire shapes, like stars, but hearts are easy enough to shape and look lovely.
Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom