A couple of weeks ago, I was out shopping at one of my favorite local home decor stores and I spotted some glorious beaded snowflake garland draped over a chandelier. I'm sure I wasn't the first person to oooogle it, but I'm fairly certain I was the first to stop, stare, and draw a little diagram of it on a napkin I found in my purse.
Note to self: Don't leave your phone at home or you will be the weirdo who draws on purse-napkins.
Anyhow, that day I went to the craft store, got 2 bags of beads, came home and spent the next 4 hours making THIS:
Oh, and it wasn't just one little snowflake either. It was 20.
Yes, if you're wondering, after I finished, my fingers packed up their bags and moved away.
They didn't want to chance a repeat of the 4-hour-garland-craft-session.
Here's the thing: I love to bead. It's always been something I love to do. As a teenager, I remember having an entire tackle box full of a million types of beads. I love to make things, I love shiny objects, and I have nimble fingers...it's the perfect tedious hobby for me.
My snowflake garland was next level for me though. I won't lie.
The title of this post is 'Easy Christmas Crafts'.
That's just to make me feel better.
Title = total lie.
However, since I know some of ya'll will want to push your philanges to the brink of exhaustion, I will share the tutorial with you anyways.
But first, I'll show you what I did with the garland.
I draped it over the mirror that hangs above our fireplace.
I love the way it reflects the lights of the Christmas tree and adds a little extra sparkle to the room!
Here's a wideshot for a little perspective. I love our big stone fireplace and have big plans for it eventually. I'd love to hang a giant mantle, and update it with a modern firescreen.
But for now, this Christmas, I was able to update it with an ornate mirror that I found at a salvage store. It was originally dark gold, so I painted it white with black accents.
I thought it was the perfect place to hang my blingy snowflake garland.
Especially since my Christmas tree is already maxxxxxed out with decor this year!
I also tried the garland out on the sofa that hangs above the couch.
I love it there, too, but can't decide. It's on the fireplace mirror for now.
Which one should I cho0se?!
So, there it is. 4 hours worth of teeny-tiny snowflake beading.
I can't help but be so proud of my teeny-tiny bead accomplishment.
If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember me hinting about all of this bead nonsense.
THIS was what I was talking about.
And this is also what I was talking about when I said that although my husband is super supportive and loves everything I do, this is the first project I've done where he actually picked it up, looked at it, and said 'WHOA.'
Life goal #179 ACCOMPLISHED.
I officially rocked Jesse's world with a craft.
So, now for the tutorial....'cause I know you wanna rock your husband's world with a bead-creation, too.
Don't fight it. It's only natural.
First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. After I came home from seeing the chandelier-garland that inspired me, I did tons of googling trying to find someone, somewhere who could tell me how on earth to bead a snowflake.
I came across this tutorial HERE on Country Living's website, and it proved to be exactly what I needed!
The above image is from Country Living's tutorial. For detailed instructions, you can visit there. I followed their tutorial almost exactly except for a few minor changes.
First, they say to use a wire snowflake form.
I have no idea where-on-earth those exist, so I made my own.
I just used simple beading wire.
(Stay tuned later this week to see what I did with the rest of those beading supplies!)
Then, when I was done with my TWENTY snowflakes, I wrapped the end of the wire around a section of a long beaded strand of short beads (the garland).
I also put little hoops at the ends of my garland strands just in case I ever wanted to use it on my tree.
This project nearly killed me....you can BET it will be around for a long, long time.
My great-grandchildren will inherit this darn thing.
That's all she wrote, gals! (I'm assuming very few men are reading this beading tutorial. Except Bob, my father-in-law, who is my most awesome and devoted reader. Hi Bob!)
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