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Make It : Our Handmade Holiday Crafts Book

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Have you seen our new Handmade Holiday Craft book?  It's a great reference for gifts, decorations, and entertaining crafts for every holiday.  If you're in need of a gift for a crafty friend or family member- this may be it!

This past weekend I had so much fun making these candy canes from the book-

It was a chilly weekend- so it made for a great stay-cozy-on-the-couch project.  I got a little obsessed!  I popped a couple on my christmas tree, and the rest I'll use for gift toppers, or stand-alone gifts- with the sparkle of the glass beads they look pretty luxe.

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Start with strands of rocaille and tri-cut beads (buy them in hanks), 24-gauge wire, wire cutters, and round-nose pliers.

1 Start with strands of rocaille and tri-cut beads (buy them in hanks), 24-gauge wire, wire cutters, and round-nose pliers.

Cut 4 pieces of wire, 7-1/2

2 Cut 4 pieces of wire, 7-1/2" long. Twist the end of each into a tiny loop using the pliers.

Carefully pull one end of a strand of beads out of the hank.

3 Carefully pull one end of a strand of beads out of the hank.

Thread the open end of the wire through the beads as they remain on the thread.  This will make for fast and easy beading. Twist wire closed when you've filled it with beads.

4 Thread the open end of the wire through the beads as they remain on the thread. This will make for fast and easy beading. Twist wire closed when you've filled it with beads.

Once you've finished beading 4 beaded wires, align at one end and begin twisting together.

5 Once you've finished beading 4 beaded wires, align at one end and begin twisting together.

If you have uneven ends when you've finished twisting, snip the loop off with your wire cutters, remove a few beads, and re-twist shut.

6 If you have uneven ends when you've finished twisting, snip the loop off with your wire cutters, remove a few beads, and re-twist shut.

Now bend one end into a hook shape, and Ta-da!  You've got a very special candy cane.

7 Now bend one end into a hook shape, and Ta-da! You've got a very special candy cane.

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And for a little sneak peak into the making of a book cover, check out our first round of cover-trys-

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A lot of options, right?  And they don't look anything like the cover we finally decided on!  I think they're all beautiful- which is your favorite?

Comments (2)

  • Great candy cane project, I am going to try it next year.

    Thanks for the demo.

    Diane

  • Just bought the book today! Can't wait to try the bubble favors this weekend! And that doily wreath - I'm going to try that with red doily and a heart shaped form for Valentines Day! Love-Love-Love your craft ideas! Have you ever thought about doing an annual book made from the craft ideas in the magazine? We buy annual books that some cooking magazines publish, would love to see MS do an annual hardcover book with the crafting projects provided in the magzine over the year. Thanks!

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