3 Handmade Holiday Decoration Ideas
Whether we’re playing our favourite Christmas songs or looking for the perfect gifts, it’s safe to say most of us are starting to feel that festive cheer. If you want to properly immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, why not create your own holiday decorations this year too?
Dig out your crafting toolkit and stock up on jewellery making equipment – it works just as well when creating decorations as it does when you’re making bracelets. If you’re in need of some inspiration, here are just a few creative ideas to help you get started:
If you’re completely new to the world of bead weaving, these Christmas trees made from super duo beads and craft wire may look a little challenging. But in reality they’re actually incredibly easy to do with the help of our step-by-step photos below.
If you’re the type of person who treasures your beading equipment and you feel like a kid in a candy shop as soon as you walk into your favourite bead shop, you’ll probably be shocked by what we’re about to say. Melt your pony beads!
Melting your precious pony beads sounds like a crazy thing to do, but by doing so you can make some really gorgeous Christmas decorations.Aside from the pony beads, you’ll also need the following:
- Stringing material
- A cake tin with a removable bottom
- Cookie cutters – we recommend star or heart shaped cutters
- An oven
- A drill (optional)
After pre-heating your oven, line the base of your cake tin with pony beads in colours of your choice. Obsessed with Frozen? You want blue and white. Prefer traditional Christmas colours? Red and green. Make sure the beads are all placed with the holes pointing up and none of them are overlapping or covering others. If you want a star-shaped hole in the centre, place a cookie cutter in the tin. If you don’t have a drill, be sure to leave a gap in the pony beads so you can string something through it later.
Next, fill your cookie cutters full of beads and leave as few gaps as possible. Place everything in the oven for 10-15 minutes, but be sure to open some windows and doors in your home – melting plastic is not a nice smell.
Once everything’s melted and has cooled down substantially, it’s time to remove your beautiful melted creations from the tin and cake cutters before stringing them together to look like the image above!
Three: Beaded Snowflakes
If you’re not overly enthusiastic about melting pony beads, you may be glad to see our next suggestion.
These beaded snowflake decorations will look perfect on your tree, and if the one in the picture above looks too simplistic for your beading tastes, why not tie several together at different angles to create a more complex snowflake with more stems? You could also join different stems together to create a beautiful webbed effect.
To make these, all you need is craft wire and a collection of your favourite beads. It’s completely up to you which beads you go for, but we recommend seed beads as they’re small, delicate and versatile.
This post was created by Molly Benson on behalf of The Bead Shop, a family run business in the UK that supplies beaders and craft lovers with a wide variety of tools and equipment.