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Hello Friends! Are you ready to make some adorable farmhouse round ornaments? This post will tell you everything you need to know to make these for your tree!
The things you will need for this project are:
- Wooden Beads. I prefer the 16mm wooden beads and 20mm wooden beads.
- Twine or Jute.
- Ultra Dye and/or acrylic paint.
- Plastic Baggies or plastic containers.
- Paper Towels
- Plastic gloves
- Project Mat to protect your workspace.
- If you have a glowforge pick up the svg designs used here.
- If you do not have a glowforge you can buy the blanks for the charms here.
1. You will string the beads onto the twine. I do between 5-10 per string. It'll make the dying steps a bit easier. Make sure when you do this you leave extra string in order for the beads to freely move back and forth. Also, tie multiple knots so the beads will not fall off the string during the next steps.
*I use about 40 beads total (alternating 16mm and 20mm)
2. Place the beads in a plastic baggie or plastic container (I have used both and they both work well.) Add dye or paint, start small and add more if needed. Then close it tight and shake all the dye or paint around, to cover the beads completely.
*I have also used paint. (for the black and gold). It dries a bit faster and is a bit thicker, so you need more and need to work quicker.
3. Pull the string of beads on to the paper towel. Start rolling the beads in the paper towel to remove any extra dye. Do this all while keeping the beads on the string. This helps make sure none roll away from you and helps keep globs of dye out of the holes.
*At this point you may like the coloring or you may think it needs more. If it is not as dark or bright as you would like, throw it back in the baggie and add a bit more dye (after letting it dry for a bit.) Note: Paint will have better coverage.
4. Now it is time to remove the string and roll the beads in all directions making sure to get all the extra dye off. Then let them dry completely.
5. String the beads on the twine. Place a piece of tape at either end with extra twine (6" or so on either end) for the tassel and charms.
Note: The tape is not necessary if you are only working on one at a time, it is purely to make sure the beads don't fall off as you make the tassel.
6. Make the Tassel by wrapping the twine around the tassel jig. Once it is wrapped cut a string about 12" long and wrap it around the top of your tassel, knot it, wrap it around again 1 or two times and finish it off by double knotting it.
Then, pull the tassel off the jig and cut the longer side.
7. String the Tassel onto the beaded string. Double knot it.
8. Take the hanging string and string it through the first bead or two. Then cut the extra string off.
*Repeat step 7 and 8 for the charm, making sure there is no gaps between the beads.
1. Glue Greenery to the stop for the stem.
2. Glue the twine on the bottom back.
3. Begin on the top and wrap the twine down adding hot glue as needed.
Tags with Vinyl Lettering
1. Cut out your word of choice in HTV.
2. Place it in place.
3. Use a Cricut Mini Press on medium temp for 3-4 seconds to adhere the word.
4. Peel the carrier sheet off.
You did it! You made your very own farmhouse beads!
Tag me on IG with your creations @kitaleigh.made and/or use hashtag #makeitwithKitaleigh! I just cannot wait to see what you create!