I have Christmas on my mind these days.
It’s a little early for me. Usually I don’t really start thinking about the holidays until either the snow hits or December 1st arrives – whichever comes last. But this year, I’m already in the holiday mood.
We’ve had our first snowstorm, and my Christmas-loving youngest is already playing the holiday tunes. She’s a die-hard Christmas fan, and her countdown phone app is telling us we only have 30 days left. She had a little school break recently, so we decided to spend some time hanging out and making some handmade presents. You may know that we have a tradition in our family of exchanging handmade gifts at Christmas. This started years ago as a way to cut back on the seasonal excess (didn’t work), and we’ve kept up with it just for fun. And some of our handmade gifts over the years have been the best.
Isabel has been knitting away, and I decided to pull out my old beads and make a few ornaments. I have a bit of an ornament “thing,” and I’ve collected hundreds over the years. My collection started with 4 special ornaments that my sister Nadia gave me when I first moved out, and I’ve bought or made some each year since. I think a tree can never have too many ornaments, and the fact that we have to tie our tree to a door to keep it upright gives you an idea of how full it can get.
I’ve made a few like this over the years. It’s an easy technique. Basically, you string some beads on a wire, and bend the wire into whatever shape you like. I’ve made daisy shapes and initial shapes, and I thought this time I would make a little star.
I used beads I already had, and 20 gauge tinned copper wire. You can always string your beads randomly, but I like to create a pattern and repeat it. You can see the pattern here, where the 2 blue beads mark the center and each end of a point of the star. I repeated this pattern 5 times, bent it where the blue beads were, and my star was done. Easy!
This is a great craft to do with kids. Just have them string their favourite beads, and bend into an ornament shape when they’re done. The wire is easy to work with, and very forgiving.
This ornament will be a gift, because who doesn’t love receiving ornaments at Christmas? It’s part of the Canadian Handmade Holiday blog hop, where a talented group of bloggers are creating handmade gifts under $25. This is an awesome event, and you’ll want to make sure to check out all the other great posts. Just follow the hashtag #CDNHandmadeHoliday. I’ve seen a few sneak peeks, and I’ll be adding some of these projects to my gift list for sure.