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Holiday Garland by Jamie Hogsett

11:57 AM

Tomorrow is the first day of December, which is a fact I find really difficult to believe. It seems like Halloween was just last week, not Thanksgiving. Regardless, holiday season is in full swing, which means it's time for holiday decorations, and that makes me happy. My mom always made our house look beautiful for Christmas and it's a tradition I'm hoping to carry on, though on a much smaller scale. I have a little tree that my grandma passed down to me, and I've been slowly collecting items for it. 

Of course, what I truly enjoy is making holiday decor, for my place and for gifts as well. So, here's a quick and easy garland I finished up this morning, using materials donated by Rings & Things. This garland mixes basic wire wrapping and stringing skills and would look gorgeous with an infinite number of different beads and findings. I was worried that it would blend in too much with the tree, but the gold wire ball beads sparkle and shine a lot! 

Please enjoy project instructions for the Holiday Garland below: 

Materials:
Soft Flex Craft Wire 22-gauge Gold
Econoflex Wire .019 diameter Cinnamon Red
2mm x 2mm Gold Filled Crimp Tubes - 18 crimps
2" Gold Filled Head Pins - 2 head pins
Gold Plated 20mm Wire Balls - 10 wire balls
Red Nylon-Covered 12mm Stretchy Rings - 20 rings
Red/Blue/Green/White 7x12mm Chevron Trade Beads - 39 trade beads
Clear Matte Size 6 Seed Beads - 70 seed beads

Tools:
Wire Cutters
2 pairs of Chain- or Flat-nose Pliers
Round-nose Pliers
Crimping Pliers

Finished Size: 28" (I made this pretty short so that I could wrap it around candles and evergreen boughs on my table. Simply add beads to make it long enough for a tree.)




Step 1: Use 4" of Gold Craft Wire to form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to 1 red ring. String 1 seed bead, 1 wire ball, and 1 seed bead. Form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to 1 red ring. Repeat entire step nine times, for a total of ten wire ball links.
Step 2: Use 7" of Cinnamon Red Econoflex Wire to string 1 crimp tube and one ring of 1 wire ball link. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String {1 seed bead and 1 trade bead} five times. String 1 seed bead, 1 crimp tube, and one ring of 1 wire ball link. Pass back through the tube and crimp.
Step 3: Use 5" of Cinnamon Red wire to string 1 crimp tube and the other ring of the previous wire ball link. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String {1 seed bead and 1 trade bead} three times. String 1 seed bead, 1 crimp tube, and one ring of 1 wire ball link. Pass back through the tube and crimp.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 three times, attaching each new wire to the other ring of the previous wire ball link. Repeat Step 2, attaching the wire to the other ring of the previous wire ball link. 
Step 5: Use 1 head pin to string 1 seed bead, 1 trade bead, and 1 seed bead. Form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to the open ring of the first wire ball link used. Repeat to attach a dangle to the remaining open ring on the last wire ball link.


Look for new holiday project ideas every week in December! If you have any requests, please leave them in the comments.





Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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  1. Nice garland, Jamie! I'm always on the lookout for handmade holiday designs (just got done making jingly tree ornaments with my kids), and this is a great addition.

    Happy holidays from

    - - Dave at Rings & Things

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