Thursday, July 28, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Wooden Bead Summer Wreath

Summer’s already half over and I still have my Spring Wreath on my front door! I’m long overdue for a summer wreath. I wanted something cheerful with pretty colors. And something about stringing wooden beads together makes me think of summer as well.

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So here’s how I made my Wooden Bead Summer Wreath!


Materials:

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  • Wood beads with fairly large holes. These came in packs of 30, and I used 5-6 packs.
  • Kitchen twine
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Newspaper (not shown)
  • Masking tape or painters tape
  • Cardboard
  • Round template about the size you want for the wreath, like an embroidery hoop
  • Glue gun

Directions

First we’ll string the beads and make the weaved pattern. Determine how large you want the wreath to be. I thought this 9-inch embroidery hoop was a good guide. We're going to use both ends of the string so we have to estimate how much we need...I thought 3 times around the hoop was good. summerwreath2

Thread one end of the twine through the tapestry needle and string some beads. Form a loop as you go and determine if that's the size you want. Here, I decided 15 was good. Tie a knot to secure. Remove the needle.

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If you look at the finished picture, you'll see that there are 7 beads in each blue section and 8 beads in each yellow section (so 15 per loop). So first, string a bunch of beads on the other end of the string. It will be a multiple of 8. As you string, lay it out in a weave pattern to determine when to stop stringing. Each weave has 8 beads. When you've met the other side, stop stringing. For me, I made 11 weaves, or used 88 beads. I know that sounds like a lot!

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Now we'll join the two ends i.e. the end of your long strand of beads to the original loop you made. Thread the long strand through the 8th bead in the original loop and pull until the beads meet.

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Now we’ll start the weaving pattern. String on 7 beads (the pink numbered beads in the pic below) and then count 8 beads on the other strand (the black numbered beads). You’ll thread the string through the 8th bead. Repeat the serpentine pattern til you get to the end. summerwreath6

To finish, thread your needle through the 8th bead of the original loop, and then tie a knot. For me, the final knot was in the same spot as the very first knot I tied to make the original loop. You can add a dab of glue to all the knots for extra security but it should be ok.

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Note: Be sure to pull the string taught but not so much that the loops look warped. And try to pull them all equally taught or some might be bigger or floppier than others.

Before painting the beads, start creating the wreath form. You can always purchase a wreath form and base the size of the wreath on that, but cardboard is perfectly adequate. I took the 9-inch embroidery hoop and laid that on top of the beads. Then I took a bigger hoop and laid that on top as well. As long as the beads overlap the hoops it should be fine.

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Then lay the two hoops onto the cardboard and trace around. Set aside for now…you can finish this part while the paint is drying.

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Ok, time to paint! First I painted the blue section, so I took strips of newspaper and wrapped the other beads (that I would later paint yellow) and taped them down. The 8th bead through which you weaved the twine to make the pattern will be yellow, to be the “point” of the sun rays. So make sure you cover that one well to avoid color overlap

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Note: you can always paint the beads first. Since this was my first time making this wreath, I didn’t know how many beads I wanted to use, or how many would be yellow or blue. But if you follow this tutorial exactly, or if you want to make it all one color, random colors, etc, you can definitely paint the beads ahead of time and you won’t have to worry about covering sections and overlapping paint.


I sprayed 2-3 coats on one side. This particular paint dries in 10 minutes so I waited that long in between coats.

After the last coat, I waited about an hour and turned it over to paint the other side.

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After a few hours to make sure it was completely dry, I repeated the process with the yellow paint. Cover up the blue sections and apply 2-3 coats, then flip over and paint the other side.

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I noticed when everything was dry that I missed a lot of spots, and some of the yellow did overlap on the neighboring blue beads. So I went outside and sprayed some paint into a bowl and used a paintbrush to do some touching up. Just a thin coat should be fine. Allow to dry for an hour or so.

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So during all that paint drying time, you can work on the wreath form that you traced out. Use scissors or an X-acto knife to cut out the cardboard form. Then start covering it up. You can use yarn, ribbon, strips of fabric, or paper. Since my front door is white and I wanted a neutral and clean background, I chose the same white twine. So tie a knot and leave a little tail. Wrap wrap wrap and wrap some more, then tie a knot to the tail you left.

summerwreath16 When you're done wrapping, Tie another length of twine at the top. This will be for hanging the wreath. summerwreath17

We’re almost there! Lay the beads on top of the wreath form. The blue beads just barely drape over the outside edge of the wreath form, and the yellow beads will stick out towards the inside edge.

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Take one of the 8th beads and center it on the twine you just tied to make the wreath hanger. Apply hot glue on that bead and press down. Making sure the beads are evenly spread out and positioned well, glue the 8th beads towards the bottom, then on the sides, until all the 8th beads are glued down. Then glue down the blue beads to the side edge of the wreath form (just the 3 middle beads should be fine). If any of the loops sag, or if you notice beads that still didn’t get quite covered up with paint (argh!) you can glue those down too.

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Hang it up, and you’re done!

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Yay for Summer!

This was originally a guest post on Lolly Jane Boutique. Thanks again Kelli and Kristi for having me!

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25 comments:

  1. This is so fun! And can I just tell you that you must have the patience of a saint because that's alot of beads!
    Thanks for sharing and using yellow & turqoiuse! Love that combo :)

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  2. Cute wreath! It is very summery! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Really darling! Love the simple and funky look! Come on over and see my son's vintage room and some of my wreaths.

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  4. I love this idea! I'll definitely be adding it to my DIY to-do list!

    tweetnovember.blogspot.com

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  5. I love the way this turned out. The tutorial is wonderful too! Great joB!

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  6. This is so adorable! Love the color palette too. Found you from petite hermine. I hope you will stop by and link up for social saturdays going on now!

    Jamie
    day-and-age-design.com

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  7. I love this wreath!! I wanted to let you know I am featuring it on my site on Monday!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2011/07/whats-in-gunny-sack-wreaths.html

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  8. I love it Steph. You are so awesome.

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  9. Steph, this is awesome. How creative you are! The coolest wreath in town, no doubt. Thanks for sharing, this gives me tons of inspiration.

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  10. I love this! I would totally hang this in my home. :)

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  11. I really like this! It reminds me of a dream catcher! I'm your newest follower from "Made with Love" Blog Hop. Hope you can stop by sometime! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  12. That is sooo pretty! I think it would look great on top of a mirror for some home decor. Definitely pinning this for inspiration :)

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  13. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  14. Cute! wonderful tutorial! thanks for sharing

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  15. I love it when I see a new take on a wreath!

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  16. Hi, I pinned this on Pinterest and featured here. Please feel free to grab the Feature button. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at CBPH :)

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  17. This is so cute! I love everything - down to the colors you chose for the beads! I just love all the materials and the way you put them together... looks awesome! : )

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  18. That is adorable! A sun on a blue sky - perfect for summer :)

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  19. Steph I LOVE this! I Stumbled it and I'm going to feature it on Decor Hacks. :D

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  20. What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/wooden-bead-wreath/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  21. I love this simple but stunning style to more elaborate wreaths. Different colors will make the wreath appropriate for other seasons and holidays! Will definitely feature and link in a future post so others can come visit! Pearl

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  22. Oh my goodness: what a creative wreath. Love this!

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