Beaded Serving Spoons

Add some sparkle and fun to your serving spoons, dip spoons and spreaders!  These are so much fun to make, and add the personal touch to any party!  They make a great gift.

Materials:

  • 16 gauge aluminum Jewelry Wire
  • Spoon
  • Beads different sizes
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions:

Double check your beads to make sure they will slide on to the 16 gauge wire.  Pick a spoon or spreader, you want to choose one that is not to decorative, you will be covering it with beads.  If you choose a sterling silver piece once the wire and beads are on it will be very hard to polish!  Bed, Bath and Beyond have serving pieces from $2 to $9, bring a coupon!

The  aluminum jewelry wire bends easily and is very easy to work with.  The pliers will leave marks, so I use double stick tape to tape down a little strip of felt.

Cut a piece of wire about 18” long (the length will depend on how many times you wrap and the number of beads), with the needle nose pliers, gently start to form a circle.  Place on the top center of spoon and wrap tightly 3 times with your fingers.

   

You want to keep the wire tight and close together.  Slide on a bead, with your finger or with pliers, gently bend the wire down the center.  With your fingers push bead into place and hold.

  

Holding the bead in place, start wrapping 2 to 3 times in the opposite direction, add more beads and wrap.

  

Remember you want to wrap the wire tight.  End with another circle swirl.  When wrapping check the back, to make sure the wire is straight.

  

When making your designs, you want to wrap the wire 2 to 3 times between each bead.

  

Note: beaded wired spoons and spreaders should be hand washed, not in dishwasher.

 

Pine Cone Deer

How cute are these little deers!  Just pine cones, sticks and glue, add a red pom pom nose or a jingle bell, couldn’t be easier.  The kids will love helping find the perfect pine cones and sticks!!

Materials:

  • Pine cones different sizes, and not broken or too old
  • Sticks and branches for legs and antlers
  • Glue: Hot glue or any strong holding clear glue
  • Scissors and or small branch clippers
  • Optional: gloves, bells, ribbon, small ornaments, small birds, red pom poms

Directions:

Time for a pine cone hunt,  you do want to be picky picking your pine cones!  You do not want them too old, falling apart or broken, you also want different sizes, I like the head to be smaller than the body!  For the legs and antlers, I cut a branch from one the oak trees (it needed to come down), and cut the ends for the branches for the antlers and the thicker straighter branches for the legs.  I did let them dry out for about 2 days!  If you are using branches that have fallen to the ground, check to make use they are still in good shape, not too old!

  My box of branches….ready to go!

For the legs you want them some what straight, and the same size (thickness) for all 4 legs.  Cut off any small branches off.  Do not cut them too short, wait and cut them to the size of your deer pine cone, mine were  4” to 4/12″ long!

Have different sizes and shapes of end branches for the antlers.

Match up the pine cones, find the pair that look the best together.  I like the head (pine cone) smaller than the body.

You may need to wear gloves, then gluing!  I using hot glue, it’s just quicker, but if the kids want to help (please be careful using hot glue around children) but if they are willing to hold the pieces together while the glue sets…why not (try Weldbond glue)! For the deer body, as you see in the picture above, the head (pine cone) goes one way, the smaller end is the nose, and the body (pine cone) the other way.  Find the best spot for both pine cones, where you can push them together and get a good hold, now that you have a good spot, pull them apart and glue, hold in place until glue has set.

See how the two pine cones are pushed down together.

For the legs, before you glue, find just the right spot, 2 for front legs and 2 back legs.  Cut the leg branch to the right size and glue ( about 4” to 4 1/2” long).

    

Make sure your deer can stand on it’s own!

Now for the antlers, pick 2 branches, and fit them to the top of the larger end of pine cone, pushing into pine cone for a good fit. Make sure the antlers do not make the deer top heavy, if the deer falls over, the antlers are to large and or too heavy.  Now glue antlers into pine cone.

   

Done…now maybe a red pom pom nose, tie on a jingle bell or small ornament!

 

How about silver spray paint!

     

Maybe add a little bird in a nest, and jingle bell.

       

Are you inspired!

 

Paper and Bead Ornaments

So fun and fast to make these beautiful balls using decorative paper punches!  Every year I like to have a “girls” holiday party, and what would a party be without a party favor, these are this years party favor!

Or maybe a bowl of the flower balls to match your decorator!

 

Materials:

  • Decorative punch (I using a flower punch)
  • Card stock paper
  • Glass seed beads in coordinating colors
  • Sequin pins: gold or silver
  • Smooth foam balls, your choice of size I’m using 2″ and 3″ balls
  • Acrylic paint for the foam balls
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: for hanger, eye pins or wire,  fishing line, ribbon or string, Tacky glue

Directions:

I do think it is best to use the smooth foam balls!  Start by deciding on your colors, and paint the foam balls.  I find it easy and fast to stick a tooth pick into the ball, paint it and then stick into foam sheet or card board box to dry (the tooth pick hole will be covered with a flowers)!   You do want a good coat of paint, but remember you will be covering with flowers!

While the balls are drying, start punching, and punching and punching.  I tried to count when I was making a 3″ ball, it was around 80 flowers and it will depend on how close together you put them.  Since I was making about 75 covered balls, I just punched each of the colors I wanted to use and put them in bags, when I ran out of that color I just punched more!

I found the Sequin pins from Jo Anns for 99 cents for 300 and of course I used a coupon!  But any thin straight pin will work, you just have to make sure the seed bead will slide on and stay on!

Pick your seed bead color and slide one bead on the pin and stick on a flower. Now I just pushed it right into the ball, but you could dip the end of the pin in Tacky glue if you felt like it needed it.

Since I was making sooo many, I found it easier to sit and watch TV 🙂 and slide on the bead and flower and make a bowl full and then put them on the balls!

I also found that if the card stock was super thick (like some of the heavy glitter ones from Micheal’s) they were too hard to punch and way to hard to push a pin through….just thought you should know!

Remember it’s up to you on how close together to put the flowers, it gives you a different look when the flowers are on top of each other!  If you do not do the pin gluing, it’s no problem to move the flower pin around, which you might need to when you are fitting in the last ones!

To make a hanger, I’m using an eye pin (which is used to make jewelery) but works great for this project or you can use wire. First slide the seed bead on, then the a flower and dip the end of the pin in Tacky Glue and push into ball!  Tie fishing line or ribbon on and hang your ornament!

Here is tip, I found that Velum paper works great (I used velum paper for the snowflake balls, second picture from the top) and it’s a beautiful look, it comes in colors like red, gold and silver!

Think about a different shape of punch, hearts, snowflakes, two different sizes of flowers…what shapes do you have!

I also love them just in a large glass bowl!  A fun and inexperience way to add color and or texture to your coffee table?

Did you know you can get the foam in an oval egg shape….Easter eggs how much fun!

How about making a topiary, one (or two) large ball covered with flowers, use a ribbon wrapped wood dowel as the stem, and placed in any vase or pot!  So pretty for a baby shower or bridal shower center piece.

 

Beaded Ornaments

If you like a little extra sparkle on your Christmas tree, you’ll love these beaded ornaments!  This is the perfect ornament to make and take to an ornament exchange, and you will be the hit of the party!

Materials:

  • Glass seed beads and or glass bugle beads
  • Glass or plastic Christmas ornaments (any size)
  • Glue: Mosaic Mercantile (mosaic tile adhesive) or Weldbond glue or any type of glue for glass
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Shoe box top
  • Optional acrylic paint, ribbon

Directions:

Let’s talk glue first, Tacky Glue will work but will not give the holding power that a glass glue will.  Mosaic Mercantile is found in some craft stores and on line this is my favorite for this project, Weldbond is easily found in the store.  I have been making these beaded ornaments for about five years and the beads are still holding strong!  Now your first thought is just to put glue on the ornament and roll in the beads, ok that will work but will not give you a smooth single layer of beads, you will end up with a lot of beads glued together and a mess!

I found that working a small area at a time (and with some patience) the results are beautiful.  Trust me it’s worth the time.  You can use glass or plastic ornaments, I like to buy them after Christmas when they are marked down 50 to 75% off!  And it will not matter what color you buy, you can paint them with acrylic paint!  So if you buy purple ornaments paint them a new color first.

I like to cover the top cap (the hanger) with bugle beads (they are the long thin bead), but that’s me!  If you are not going to do this, glue the top cap on to the ornament.  Or wrap cap with silver or gold ribbon and glue in place!

Run a line around the cap, and place a bugle bead in glue one at a time.  Let dry.

         

Now that the top is dry, we are going to start gluing on the beads, working in small areas at a time.  The reason for this is the glue  is very sticky, so to get the smooth single layer, working in small areas and letting it dry before moving on to next area, will have the best results.

You might have noticed in the list of materials I have a shoe box top, I use it as my bead catcher!  The glass beads can bounce off (all over the floor) if you don’t keep them contained.  When I’m finished with the beads I just pour them from the box into a baggy!

Place a layer of glue 2” by 2” (small area at time) on your ornament and sprinkle or pour on the beads, gently tap off the lose ones.  With your finger or finger nail, gently pat them in place, add more if you did not get a solid coverage.  I like to hang the ornament on a pipe cleaner to dry.

    

The goal is to have a single layer of beads, so when dry it feels smooth!

    

Keep going until totally covered.

It’s easy to make designs with the beads, using the bugle bead to create a swirl and then filled in with seed beads.  Run a line of glue in a swirl or “S” shape, and place a bugle bead on one at a time.  Again glue a few “S” shapes at time, let dry and do more.  If your glue line is to thick, do not worry, the seed beads will cover up the glue.

When totally dry, add 3 green seed beads to each end of the “S” shape, and fill in with seeds beads.

If you are like me, you will want to make more than one at a time.  I find working on 4 to 6 at a time, you can keep working, by the time you finish one, another will be dry, keep going and you will have finished all them!

Seed beads and bugle bead come in so many colors, which means endless possibilities!

  

  

 

  

They look stunning on a Christmas tree, and beautiful displayed in a dish or bowl.

  

I also beaded small 1″ ornaments, and hung them from white glittered branches for a unique center piece.

For added fun, I like to make wire hooks in a “S” shape using 14 gauge colored wire!

Hope your Christmas sparkles this year!!

 

Beaded Wire Cross Ornament

Believe it or not these beaded cross ornaments are easy and inexpensive to make.  You can take this simple idea to form any shape with wire and then wrap in beads, maybe a star, heart, candy cane or Christmas tree!

Materials:

  • Seed beads
  • Wire cutters
  • 26 gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire (for the cross shape)
  • Paper for shape pattern
  • Optional: 18 gauge wire for hanger

Directions:

I made about 50 of these ornaments (for party favors)  I wanted them all the same size, so I made a pattern.  By drawing out the size I wanted on paper, made it so easy for all my crosses to be the same size!

Using 20 gauge wire to form the cross shape, I started with a small loop on one end (this will be the top for hanging the ornament) made my cross shape by twisting the wire around its self and ending back at the top, finishing by wrapping the wire around and around, cutting off what I did not need.  My cross is 4 1/2″ long by 2″ wide, I cut a piece of wire 18″  to 20″ to make this size cross.

Now that the cross form is made it’s time to bead.  I love using the 26 gauge wire, it is so easy to work with.  Jo Anns carries this wire in all colors, it is permanently colored copper wire by Darice 30 yards for about $2.50 (bring a coupon!) so it goes a long way!  For this size of cross you do want to use glass seed beads 10g size (they are the small ones) and these beads come in all colors!  Again Jo Anns carries them in small packages for about $1.00 to $1.50 (coupon!) and the beads go a long way.  Bottom line, this is an inexpensive project!

Cut a long piece of the 26 gauge wire, not too long as it will make it hard to work with and you can add more wire along the way!  I like to start at the top, wrapping the wire around the wire cross,  string on a few beads and start wrapping the beads around.  I like to work the beads down then back up, this makes it easy to fill in an area that may need more beads.

Remember it you run out of wire, you can add more.  simply wrap a new piece of wire around the form and keep going.

I have wrapped just one layer of beads, so it would not be too thick!

I love the look, with some of the wire showing, remember the wire comes in colors!  You can use red wire for different look, I like the color Gun Metal.

For an added touch I made hooks from  18 gauge wire, just a simple ‘S’ shape and this wire comes in colors also!

Oh the possibilities!!

This one I add just a few larger red beads!

 

Just an idea, tie a beaded cross on a gift box or bag!!

Or in a shadow box frame!

 

Christmas Tree Stand

Want your Christmas tree to look taller and have more room for all the Santa gifts?  This tree stand will give your tree a new look!

Materials:

  • Container (I have used a light weight plastic 14″ tall with 18″ opening)
  • 1 1/2” round PVC pipe cut to 14” long
  • 1 can of Great Stuff
  • Gloves
  • 1 small bag of fast setting cement
  • 18″ wreath and or garland
  • Optional: small rocks, extra tree lights and an extra pair of hands

Directions:

This tree stand is not at all hard to make, but you need to plan ahead because of drying time.  I found my container on sale at the end of summer for $15 (good deal).  I liked the color, but in the past I have spray painted my containers black or red.  If you want to spray paint to change to color do this first.  Home Depot sells PVC pile 24″ long and in varying sizes, you want to tree to fit snug, so double check the size for your tree (if you smile big for the Home Depot guy he will cut it for you for free) my container is 14″ tall so I cut my pipe 14″ (at Home Depot the pipe cost me about $2.80)


Follow the directions on the bag of cement, and mix enough to be at least 6″ thick (more if you want, just remember you will have to carry and store your stand).  This is when you might need an extra set of hands, pour in the cement; place and hold PVC pipe in center making sure it balanced straight, give the cement a few minutes and double check your pipe to make sure it is straight. If you have any cement dips on the out side of container, wipe them off before it dries.  Let cement dry.

If you feel you need more weight in your container add some small rocks.  Read and follow the directions on the can of Great Stuff. If you have never worked with Great Stuff before get ready…it really is great stuff.  Great stuff is made to expand, and it will expand as part of the drying.  Spray the Great Stuff around the pile and let dry.  A can of Great Stuff is about $3.00.

Take an 18″ wreath and place in container and wrap garland in center and up and around the pile and if you do not have a wreath, just use garland to hind everything.

I like adding an extra string of light in and around the wreath/garland area and even up into center of tree.

You are ready to put your tree in!  How tall is your tree now…I love this because my cheap 7 1/2′ tree is now 9 feet tall! And it cost me under $25, not so bad.

Here’s my extra cool idea…. during the summer I fill the container with rocks (river rocks medium size) just to cover up the Great Stuff and I use it as an umbrella stand for my large pool umbrella.

Framed Button Wreath

This is so pretty and can be made using things around the house – scrap booking paper, extra buttons, some ribbon scraps, a frame (this is the perfect opportunity to use a frame that doesn’t have the glass!).

Materials:

  • Frame with out glass *square shape I think works best; I’m using a 10″ square frame
  • White buttons different sizes
  • Tacky glue
  • Decorative paper that finds into your frame (wrapping or scrap booking paper)
  • Piece of card stock that will fit in frame
  • Scrap piece of paper for circle pattern
  • Optional: 3 small red jingle bells, hot glue, red ribbon for bow

Directions:

Cut your decorative paper and a piece of card stock to fit in your frame. Glue the decorative paper to card stock (this is just to give support the buttons get heavy), cut a 3″ circle from scrap paper for the center guide to make the wreath.  Place on your decorative paper, and get your buttons ready.  Start by gluing buttons around the circle.

Remove the center pattern circle, and keep building your wreath.  Use different sizes and do not worry it there are spaces, we are going to make a layered ring on top.

Keep gluing, adding glued buttons on top of each other.  Let dry when you have the wreath enough buttons.

Let dry (remember, Tacky glue dies clear!).  Place wreath paper into frame.  Make a red bow for the top of wreath (I like wired ribbon), and glue in place.  Hot glue 3 small red jingle bells off to one side. (No bells? How about red buttons?)

This wreath is fun and easy to do, it can be made in any size.  Look around for old square frames and start gluing buttons!  How adorable will this framed wreath look in your home or maybe as a special gift?!

Try green buttons on some pretty white/silver paper?

Button Snowmen Gift Tags

Recycle your buttons and scrap card stock into these easy snowmen gift tags!

Materials:

  • Card stock paper: red, white, green
  • 2 white buttons with only two holes one smaller for head/larger one for body
  • White gel pin
  • String or ribbon
  • Double stick tape
  • Scissors and or paper cutter
  • Black felt (for hat)
  • Red string for snowman bow
  • Tacky glue
  • hole puncher
  • Optional: 2″ circle punch

Directions:

Cut white card stock into a 2 1/2” square, with hole puncher make a hole in corner, pull string or ribbon through. Cut red card stock smaller then the white piece, punch or cut a 2″ circle.  With double stick tape, tape each piece in place.  Cut a small black felt hat that fits the button you are using for the head.  Tie a small red bow from string or ribbon.

Using a smaller button for the snowman’s head.  Place the buttons on the green circle, turning the smaller button (face) so the 2 holes are side ways, and the larger button (body) the holes go up and down.  Glue in place with tacky glue, glue on hat and small bow.  With the white gel pin make stick arms and small hanging heart.

I think they are cute enough to hang on the Christmas tree!

 

 

Jingle All The Way Holiday Shadowbox Decoration

This adorable decorated shadow box frame is a simple gift that anyone would love or the perfect decoration for your mantel, bookcase or wall.

Materials:

  • Shadow Box Frame (any size)
  • Wrapping Paper or Holiday Card Stock (that will fit into frame)
  • Stickers (any size) to spell out “Jingle All The Way”
  • Jingle Bells that will fit inside the shadow box frame
  • Ribbon
  • scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: Large jingle bell for bow

 

Directions:

Remove back of shadox box frame, cut holiday paper or wrapping paper to fit back of frame.  Fill inside of frame with bells (make sure the bells can move around inside), put the frame back on the frame.

Cut a piece of wax paper the size of your frame, and arrange the stickers “Jingle all the Way” on the wax paper.  This way you can see how the letters will fit and look on the out side of the frame.  Now stick the stickers in place on the glass.

Tie matching holiday ribbon around the outer side of frame, making a bow on top and add extra larger bell to bow.

This frame I used a sticker tree for the I in jingle, glued a bow with hanging bells from the top and add snowflakes.

Wooden Clothespin Painted Santa Ornament

A little paint, a little time and you have these adorable Santa ornaments for your tree or gift bags!

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ package of 30 (sold in craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint: red, white, black, flesh tone
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Snow-Tex Glittering Snow (sold in craft stores in with the paints)
  • 20 or 18 gauge wire
  • Star wire garland
  • Clear Gloss Varnish (sealer)
  • Optional: fine sandpaper, old shoe box, toothpick(s), Q-Tip

Directions:

I have found that on old shoe box works great as a drying rack for this project, but totally optional. If find that the wooden pins to be rough, sand with fine sandpaper. Paint the upper ball and part of one side of the front (see picture below),you will need at least 2 coats.  With red paint, paint around the white in front and the back, you will need at least 2 coats. Make a small oval with flesh tone paint on the white side (see picture below).

We are going to make 2 little eyes, I have found that using a toothpick makes this easier than a small brush.  Dip the tip of the toothpick into black paint and make little eyes (try it on scrap paper to check your size). Mix a little red and white to make darker pink for his mouth, and paint just a little oval (see picture).  Now add more white to your pink, making it lighter for his rosy cheeks, I like using a Q-tip to paint on his cheeks.

We are almost finished – let’s add a little personality1 Dip a toothpick into white paint and make a very small dot in each black eye (try it on scrap paper to check your size).  With small thin brush or the tip of the toothpick give Santa 2 eye brows.  Ok he does look just a little funny, but stay with me….

With a Q-Tip or brush add more white paint around his head, making it look like fur? At this point check to size of his painted mouth, if too large paint some white around to make it the size you like.  Load a small paint brush with white and make his mustache, at just two strokes, from the center out left then from the center right. Let dry.

Paint on a coat of gloss varnish (sealer) and let dry.

For Santa’s beard I like using Snow-Tex Glittering Snow. With a paint brush, apply Snow-Tex below his mouth and down.

Cut a piece of wire 20 or 18 gauge about 12″ long, string a small bell on,twist bell in place.  I like to curl wire around paint brush or pencil, then wrap around top twisting wire in place (don’t worry if it looks funny we are going to cover it).  Take a piece of wired star garland about12″ to 18” long and wrap ends to curl around paint brush or pencil, now wrap/twist to top of Santa covering wire.

Santa is ready for the tree or to decorate gift bag. Ho ho ho!

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