I was putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…
Okay, that’s a lie…Let me rephrase that.
I was thinking about putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…(Better?)…when the wood bead garland distracted me.
The red beads kick-started my imagination since I have been brainstorming Valentine’s Day ideas for quite a while.
The red beads looked so enticing. I decided to transform them into little country valentine hearts.
No, I didn’t use the ones that were on display. They are still up. No, I used a stash of bead garland I already had in my craft supplies. They seem to be available at every auction and yard sale I visit, and I can’t pass up a bargain.
I cut the garland apart and had a pile of pretty red beads.
After a bit of experimenting, I figured out how much wire and how many beads I would need for each heart. Here’s my little tip: I used 18-inch wire floral stems when figuring out how much wire was needed. After stringing the beads and forming the heart shape, I cut off the excess wire. I then subtracted the leftover inches from the beginning length to determine how much wire was needed for each heart. After that I was able to craft several hearts in an assembly line.
Those little loops on the ends are the “knots“.
I started with the valley at the top of the heart.
The little twist doesn’t look very attractive, but it isn’t noticeable when the heart is finished.
The bottom point was made with one bead. I finished off the heart with a raffia bow over the twist.
I had two different size beads from two different red garlands.
The smaller hearts were done the same way, I just adjusted the wire and bead amounts.
I think these are decorations that may remain on display long after the Valentine’s Day holiday. Uh hum…that is if I get Christmas put away by then.
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I WAS FEATURED!!
Places I’m partying this week:
Valentine’s Day Party