Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mini Beaded Wreath for Xmas Tree - Tutorial

I've made another little decoration for my Xmas tree!  (yes, I know what time of year it is, hehe)  I love how it turned out, it's so cute! :D  It was actually inspired by THIS beautiful beaded wreath that I found on Brittany's blog, Sew In Love.
What made me try out this little creation is Crystal's Craft Spot Crafting With Crystal challenge! The inspiration for this month's challenge is this:

Remember my Totally Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations Pledge?  Well, this is part of it, and I'm starting early because there are a few things that I want to make throughout the year!
Grab my pledge badge in my side bar if you wanna join me! :D

I've decided to make a tutorial out of this one, so here goes:
What you'll need is this:

*gold beading wire
*3 colours size 11 seed beads
*beading pliers to help with twisting the wires (optional)
*beading wire cutters
*fabric ribbon
*craft glue (optional)

I started off with gold beading wire, and looped it 5 times around 3 fingers:
The ends should overlap a little:
And then twist them together:
Then bend it over and twist it around the circle to secure it:
(I added a loop ring at first because I had other ideas of how to make it dangly, but then I got another idea and just left it - so ignore that loop ring you see there!)

I then cut 3 strands of wire (each about 45cm long) and twisted them together at one end to secure them:
Then with the free ends, start stringing on the beads (1 colour per strand):
Once I strung on all the beads on a strand (I strung on about 30cm of beads per strand - it could have gone a bit more to give a fuller wreath at the end), I added prestik to keep the beads from falling off - I didn't want to ruin the wire by bending it...but do whatever suits you best - as it turns out, using prestik ain't such a good idea.

Once you've stringed on all the beads, start plaiting them together as you would an ordinary 3 strand hair plait:
Then take the twisted piece that you made before you strung on the beads, and wind that around the top (the part where you twisted together the end of the wires in the beginning and wound them around the wreath) of the wreath to secure it.  I used my pliars here because I wanted it to be properly secured.  Then you just carry on winding the bead plait around the wreath until you get to the end:
This is where I found out that using prestik wasn't the greatest idea:
Anyway, once I got most of the prestik off, I twisted the wires together at the end to secure the beads, and cut off the extra beading wire:
And then wound the twisted piece around the wreath to fasten it:
To decorate the wreath, I used green ribbon to make a teeny little bow.  You'll also need another piece of ribbon to make the dangly part:
I took the piece of ribbon and tied it around the wreath to my desired length, and cut off the extra ribbon:
I added some craft glue to the insde of the ribbon to help it stay in place so that it doesn't move around.  I glued it over the part where the beading wire ends were wrapped around the wreath, to cover all that up:
It had to dry in the hanging position so that the glue would have contact the whole time, so I constructed this in my pencil holder out of rulers and a paint brush to hang my wreath on (hehe):
And then I glued on the little bow!

If you decide to try it out, remember to send me a link of your project, I'd love to see it! :D

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elexerdelex said...

Wow very usefull and clear information =D

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

How beautiful! I love the intricate design even when so tiny! Thanks for linking up to The Little Birdie, and I will definitely be coming by for your party this weekend! :)

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

P.S. I'm now following you and I added your button to my linky party page! :)

Tammy said...

It is truly gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

oooh soooo pretty! this would be a fabulous gift! <3

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Brittany said...

Thanks for linking to my blog! You're mini-wreath looks great. This would look beautiful as a Christmas present decoration too. :O)

Monica said...

Love this beaded wreath... so stunning.

And yes I must remember to grab your button. Tomorrow surely...

Thanks for the visit.

xxx Monica

Monica said...

Hi Monique,

It is me again.... I am so delighted that my little card was voted in your weekend linky party. Honestly, I feel my creation was nothing compared to the fabulous entries that were received...

Nonetheless, it has made my day and feel so special.

Also thank you for your encouraging words about my cards... it motivates me to keep going. I don't make much money out of my charity sale but I do feel the reward of happiness at the end of it all.



Monica said...

Hi Monique, I have accidentally entered in the weekend linky party twice this week. If that is against the rules, do delete the last one. Sorry for increasing your work.

xxx Monica

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Hi Monique!! I'm back from vacation!!
This wreath is great!! Thanks for the tutorial! So fun seeing it from beginning to end!! So fabulous :)

Bea said...

this is so pretty - I have bookmarked your blog as I will do this nearer christmas and then will link to your blog - thanks sp much for sharing

Anonymous said...

Say this All Free Christmas Crafts and thought it was really pretty. I'd love to try it!!!

Anonymous said...

My beaded wreaths are much simpler. I took shower curtain rings and hot glued mardi gras beads on them and topped them with a bow. Some I added bells to and some have other things on them.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this little cutie! I have tons (hoarder)
LOL of small beads. This looks easy and relaxing.....

Anonymous said...

Going to make these as "pins" for co-workers as Christmas gifts. But will need to give them by Dec 1st. PERFECT little gift for about 35 people - yes, I have LOTS of seed beads

Anonymous said...

how cute end pretty!
I accidently :) got to this project and I just love it. I always need new ideas to do with my elderly at work. I got some that will be able to do this, so I will give it a try with them!
thanks so much for sharing
Petra from Berlin,Germany

Linzi Bee said...

Thanks for this this is the first tutorial that I can make sense of that includes beads. I cannot wait to make it

Anonymous said...

I love the wreath and went out to buy materials. Did not know what size bead wire you used. said...

I love this. Never thought of twisting it. I make holidays minis all year long so this will be for 2015. Since I have 2 dollhouses with a total of 16 windows, I have my work cut out for me.
Thanks for the tut!!!

Reta Powers said...

This is just fab I love it so much!:) I have lots and lots of beads that I was thinking of tossing out but after seeing this the beads are going to turn into little wreaths. Thank you ever so much.
Reta Powers