Welcome to Series 7 "Ornament-ED" Part Trois! I hope you're enjoying my little Christmas ornament series. I'm making hangy things like they're going outta style over here. I'm up to my bushy eyebrows in twigs and glue and paper and other stuff I won't mention - I don't want you to guess what I'm up to next. There'd be no fun in that now would there? And do not worry, I will clean up eventually. Sometime pre-Christmas perhaps? That's the plan anyway... Oh but let us not fret over a petite mess here and there. Naw. What do you say to a little craftiness right here, right now? Yes, OK.
Tutorial ❉ Twig 'n Bead Tree Ornaments
You will need:
- Beads (to make them you'll need: paper, pair of scissors, skewer or drinking straw, and glue)
- Twigs with V shaped crotches
- Pair of scissors
- Handsaw to trim the twigs
- Drill with tiny bit
- Large-eyed needle
Next, roll up some paper beads. You know how to make these right? Here's a tutorial courtesy of Paper University just in case you don't. I used 8 to 11 beads for each little tree but it really will depend on how big you want your ornament to be. Go with the flow, roll with the punches, use as many beads as you like!
Now let's get to down to the meat and potatoes.
1. Grab your drill fitted with a tiny bit and your V twig.
2. Arrange your paper beads in a little tree shape within the V. You want to mark your twig with dots adjacent to the beads. You will locate your drill holes at the dots. You want an additional hole in the top and side of your twig to accommodate a hanger (where the arrow is pointing). Drill the 6 holes as shown in #2.
3. Cut five pieces of string. I cut mine approximately 14 inches (36 cm) long.
4. Insert 1 piece of string into each hole pulling the string through each hole until it is doubled, as shown in #4.
5. Thread paper beads onto the three central doubled strings as shown.
6. Tie a knot in the collection of strings at the base of the central bottom bead.
7. Insert 3 more paper beads as shown in #7.
8. Bring one string from the base of each side bead into the center.
9. Again, tie a knot at the base of the central bead incorporating one string from each side bead in the knot.
10. Using the two strings set aside in 8, tie a small knot above the other big knot you just tied. Turn the ornament over and using those same two strings, tie another small knot above the big knot. Slip a final bead up the center strings.
11. Bring those two side strings down and around the final bead and tie knots front and back as in #10.
12. Thread those two knotty side strings onto a needle and pass the needle up through the final bead to hide the two strings. Trim the excess.
13. Trim the ends of all strings at the base of the final bead, leaving a small decorative tassel. Using your small handsaw, trim any excess wood from the top and bottom of your twig. Finally, add a string hanger at the top.
Lookie there, a mini beaded country Christmas tree ornament! Ain't it sweet?
Here's my giant hand and morose face doing a closeup shot. Smile much?
You have a beautiful weekend. I will be back here on Tuesday and hope to see you then!
Earlier installments in the "Ornament-ED" series include ☛