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Crafty Christmas decorations

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Now that December is just a weekend away your thoughts are probably turning to Christmas decorations and little gifts for friends and family? Follow our simple step-by-step guide below to make something that ticks both boxes – a personalised Christmas decoration that you can also give as a gift. Even better, making them is an activity that you can do with your family.

So it’s time to get crafty for Christmas!

 

To make these pretty personalised tree decorations you will need

 

  1. Jewellery wire, preferably already bent into a circle shape – if you have small children helping you, use firm plastic jewellery wire as the ends of the metal wire can be a bit sharp for small fingers
  2. A selection of colourful beads that look good together and suit your Christmas theme
  3. A selection of Christmas charms, stars, large sparkly beads or other items that will create a focus point for your decoration
  4. A selection of letter beads, selected to spell out the names of the people you are giving these gifts to, or that spell out some seasonal words such as ‘Christmas’, ‘Peace’ ‘Love’ etc

 

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How to make them

 

Firstly organise your workspace. It’s a good idea to work on a soft surface such as a table cloth as this is fiddly work and each time a bead escapes your grasp it is less likely to roll off the table top or counter and disappear under your furniture. It will take much longer to make each gift if you have to keep stopping to hunt about for missing items or move your sideboard to rescue a lost but vital letter bead!

 

Step 1: Separate out all the items you need for each decoration. You will be glad you took the time to do this.

Step 2: Layout your design in order. It’s a good idea to make any design changes at this stage, as it will be much trickier to alter your design once you have started to thread everything onto the metal wire hoop.

Step 3: Start threading the items onto the wire, making sure that when the item is hanging the right way up, the letter beads are facing the right way. For my decoration, I threaded the letter beads on backwards and upside down. The beads, not me. You may find it helpful to apply a strip of sticky tape or blue-tac to one end of the hoop, this will stop the beads flying off one end while you are still pushing them onto the other.

Step 4: When you are happy with the design and have finished threading the items on, you can force both ends of the wire into one or two of the beads to secure it. For my decoration I used the focus point bead (the star) to do this. If you are using plastic wire you may need to tie off both ends or use a small amount of tape to secure them, then cover the join with some of the beads or whatever you use to hang the decoration.

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Step 5: Using parcel twine, ribbon, or even tinsel (whatever suits your design), cut a piece long enough to hang your design and tie it on.

These will look wonderful sparkling away on your Christmas tree or the tree of your friends and family for years to come.

 

This craft activity was inspired by one of our community members, Chelle McCann. Let us know if you have any crafty Christmas ideas that you would like to share with the community.


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