Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the 6th Day of Christmas: Season's Greetings Card Display

One of my favorite memories of the holidays was visiting my grandparents in Northern California. My grandma and grandpa moved around quite a bit in their time and had gathered many friends, far and wide. As the family and their circle of friends grew so did the season's greetings they would receive each year. Grandma Betty would hang a wide silk ribbon on each doorway and pin each card up as it arrived. This Season's Greetings Card Garland is in remembrance of those lovely times together. All of the beads used were gathered from around the studio, which makes it great for orphans beads and left overs! This project can be as simple or elaborate as you like!

4 feet heavy stringing wire. (you could also use 22 gauge copper wire in a pinch!)
several hundred loose beads.
1 gingerbread ceramic snowflake
8 to 10 hanging clips (available at Michael's. OH! And checkout the fantastic Michael's coupon app for your smart phone! Coupons with out the clipping!)
15 to 20 art beads
crimp beads

Round nose  pliers
Wire cutters

1. Layout your beads in a pattern with the snowflake pendant in the middle.
2. Loop one end and close with a crimp bead.
3. String beads and add hanging clips at 5 to 6 inch lengths. Make sure to pinch closed the clips hanging ring.
4. Loop end and crimp.
5. Run to the mail box!
6. Hang and enjoy!

Book shelf.

 Table edge.


debb said...

Love it!

cindy said...

What a great idea for all my "left behind" beads. I love it!!

TesoriTrovati said...

How ding-dang cute is that? I love it! Such a great idea...Would be festive with some sort of faux popcorn bead (styrofoam?) and red wood beads like berries too!
Enjoy the day.

Frank Zweegers said...

Great idea! Own X-mass cards are much nicer then the once you buy!

Michael and Cherrie Fick said...

I'm late to all these cute ideas. I put up a box of some of my first beads from about 4 years ago that would work cute for this. Maybe an activity for my grandkids next year.