I love making homemade presents and decorations - it's the Martha Stewart in me. That is not to say I am particularly good at it... I have no patience, I cannot write or cut in a straight line so my predispositions aren't great but I thought coming up to Christmas I will show you a few little and easy DIY projects. It's a great way of making lovely, thoughtful presents and decorations on a budget. There is lots of different beaded decorations on Pinterest but this one I found in a magazine. It's pretty and practical too - gotta love that!
You will need only a few things: thin silver or gold wire, a ribbon of your choice and small beads. The colour choices are up to you (I also made some golden ones). I went for a gold wire and silver beads as our Christmas tree and table will be themed around these colours. Other than that you will need scissors and depending on the flexibility of your wire you may also need pliers.The first step is measuring out around 20 - 30 cm of your wire (depending on how big you want the heart to be) and bending it in half so it makes a V shape, like on the photo below.And now for the slightly fiddly part - getting the beads onto the wire. I just tip the beads into the lid and spike them onto the wire, it really doesn't take long. Make sure you make a little loop on the end when you are finished one side, so the beads don't slide off while you are studding the other side of the heart (I learned that the hard way - beads everywhere!!!!). Once you are finished and both sides look equal to you, tie the two ends together and shape your heart by pushing down where you tied the two ends together. Once you are happy with the shape make another little loop so you can slide the heart onto the ribbon.And that is pretty much it. It takes no time at all to make and looks absolutely stunning. I will be using these as napkin rings on my table this year but they would make a fabulous present as well. You could get some linen napkins and tie each one with one of these gorgeous napkin rings. They would also look gorgeous as Christmas tree decorations or tied over the neck of a nice bottle of wine you are presenting someone. I find that these would also make beautiful and inexpensive decorations for wedding tables, hen nights, etc. The possibilities are endless! Let me know if you enjoy making your own presents : )