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Project

Red Beaded Wreath

Unlike the fresh cranberry version it resembles, this beaded wreath will never lose its vibrancy. Hang it from a window, a wall, or even a mirror.

Introduction

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Resources: The 10-inch tubular Styrofoam wreath form used in this segment is available at crafts stores and garden-supply centers.

Materials

  • Flat-head straight pins
  • Red nail polish
  • Piece of paper or Styrofoam (optional)
  • 10-inch tubular Styrofoam wreath form
  • Red seam binding
  • Ruby druk beads (approximately 800 beads, 200 of each size) in 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, and 12 mm sizes
  • White craft glue
  • Double-sided wide satin ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint the heads of the pins with red nail polish, so the silver tips will not show on the wreath; to complete this step quickly, stick the pins into a piece of paper or Styrofoam, and brush the polish along the pin tops. Let dry completely.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap the Styrofoam wreath form with the red seam binding, securing with straight pins at the beginning and end. Be sure the seam binding overlaps slightly to cover the Styrofoam completely.

  3. Step 3

    To cover the wreath with beads, slip a bead onto a polish-painted pin, dab the sharp tip of the pin in a dish of craft glue, and push the pin into the wrapped Styrofoam form. Pin the larger beads onto the wreath first, then fill in any gaps with the smaller beads. Cluster the beads so they do not appear to be too evenly spaced. Continue until the front and sides of the wreath are covered with beads. Leave the back of the wreath plain.

  4. Step 4

    To make a bow for the wreath, loop an extra-long piece of the satin ribbon around the bottom of the wreath, and tie it in a loose bow, leaving the ends long so they drape naturally. To finish, cut the ends in a V. To hang it, attach a piece of double-sided wide satin ribbon in a coordinating color to the back of the wreath with the flat-head pins.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (8)

  • 21 Sep, 2010

    I have searched and searched the internet. After hours for comparing prices, the best prices I Found were ShipwreckBeads.com. I had a wreath left over from other projects purchased from Oriental Trading; it has a flat back so it works perfect!

  • 14 Jul, 2010

    (continued from below)...also i used some of the other beads (the large bags of beads came in all colors) and made pretty door knob bells..just use a small styro wreath and add narrow ribbons at the bottom with jingle bells tied to the tails..Im an avid beader and jewelry designer and love any chance to do something beady.Ps-the local dollar store had the styro forms..;)

  • 14 Jul, 2010

    Ive made 2 of those wreaths and I love them..for those who would like to make a wreath that is a bit less costly, I went to the craft store and purchased a huge bag of faceted plastic beads in red then purchased a couple of smaller packs of smaller beads for fill in. I made the wreath the same as in the instructions and it turned out relly gorgous..the sun makes the faceted beads sparkle..

  • 23 Dec, 2008

    To Kinderhook-Did you find the beads you were looking for at Ornabead.com?I hope you did and have lots of luck with your project.I ,myself,have found a different way of making the exact wreath for alot less.I've started the project and will gradually get it done.Please do let me know if you found the beads there.Thank you.Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  • 20 Dec, 2008

    Thank you sammyleestow. I did check back to see if anyone had come to my aid! I'm going to ornabead.com now. You're a lifesaver!

  • 17 Dec, 2008

    To Kinderhook- go to ornabead.com to find the ruby druk beads for the Cranberry Beaded Wreath.There they have a list of all the beads and different colors.They also have 14mm beads as well. The beads come in 3mm,4mm,6,mm,8mm,10mm,12mm,and 14mm.Check the website out.Pretty nice beads even though they're a little on the expensive side.I hope you see this comment and will let me know if you find the beads you were looking for.

  • 15 Dec, 2008

    Where did you find your beads? I have been searching the web but can't find the 12mm beads anywhere. Thanks.

  • 28 Jul, 2008

    This was a very easy project and looks beautiful when it's done (although my fingers got very sore from pushing in the pins). The beads are expensive but it was worth every penny. I am going to make another one for this year!