Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lisa's Beaded Snowflakes

Sorry this is late today.  My sister came in town last night, so we made these this morning.  My mom, Lisa, and her sister, Lori, designed these a few years ago.  Try different colors, styles, etc.  With a little adult supervision, and help, these are fun (mess-free) decorations that are fun for the whole family to make.  These make great ornaments, garland, or garnish on gifts!

Supplies
  • Variety of beads
  • 20 gage wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Measuring tape/ruler
  • Maybe a hot glue gun
Instructions
  1. For each snowflake cut: one 5" wire, one 4" wire, two 3" wires
  2. Take the needle-nose pliers and bend one end of each wire into a small circle
  3. Thread the beads onto one wire.  I think that it looks nice when the beads mirror each other from the center.  The small wires look nice when they are similar to each other as well.
  4. Leaving about 1/2 inch of bare space in the middle of the wire, bend the straight edge of the wire into another small circle
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each wire
  6. Take the largest two wires (bend the largest wire around the other wire matching centers)
  7. You should now have a "t"
  8. Set one of the smaller wires at a diagonal to the "t"
  9. Take the last wire, place it at the opposite diagonal and twist it all the way around the center of the other wires
  10. If your snowflake is loose in the center, you can twist the two straight wires so that there is less room to wiggle
  11. If the snowflake is still loose in the center, use a small dab of hot glue to secure all wires

1 comment:

  1. Cute! I'm gonna try it. I have beading stuff out on my table because I've been making beaded ornaments for the past few weeks. I couldn't figure out how to make the snowflake shape though, so this is great. Thanks.

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