December 21, 2011
Make It : Our Handmade Holiday Crafts Book
Posted by Blake Ramsey
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.
1 Start with strands of rocaille and tri-cut beads (buy them in hanks), 24-gauge wire, wire cutters, and round-nose pliers.
2 Cut 4 pieces of wire, 7-1/2" long. Twist the end of each into a tiny loop using the pliers.
3 Carefully pull one end of a strand of beads out of the hank.
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.
5 Once you've finished beading 4 beaded wires, align at one end and begin twisting together.
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.
7 Now bend one end into a hook shape, and Ta-da! You've got a very special candy cane.
And for a little sneak peak into the making of a book cover, check out our first round of cover-trys-
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?
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