Friday, August 5, 2016

DIY Scandinavian heart ornaments

It's that time of year again! Time to start on the Christmas crafts. Normally by this time of year they are well underway at my house. Oops! I'm late! I have been so busy that they have had to wait.

 I love how easy these hearts are to make. And I think they scream Scandinavian Christmas! Gotta love that!! If Denmark had an official national symbol I'm pretty sure it would be the heart!! 

I bought a beaded garland at my local craft store with a 40% off coupon. They ended up costing me about $5.00. The galvanized wire was another $3.00 for the spool and I already had the jute. I was able to get 9 ornaments out of the garland and used about 1/4 of the roll of wire. They were super fun to make!!
Ahhhh, aren't they lovely!
Using a pair of wire cutters cut your wire about 10.5 inches long. 
 You will need 2 pieces per heart. 
 Put them together and twist about a 1/2 inch twist 
at the end of the wire. I like to leave about 1 1/2 inches 
of untwisted pieces at the very bottom
 Snip off one of the ends to about 1/8 of an inch.
 Fold it upwards so it's tucked under the bead once
the bead is slipped on. 
Slip the bead onto the tail. See how the twist is hidden?
 It's magic!
 Using either a pair of needle nose, or round nose pliers, 
roll up the end tail piece nice and tight to prevent that
bead from slipping off. If you cut your tail piece too short 
off your bead will go!

 Load 12 beads onto each side of your wire. I know- this is so hard!! 
Bare with me though!!
 Once you have 12 beads on each piece of wire twist it at the top. 
Make sure those beads are tight so that you don't have too much 
wire showing when your heart is finished. 
 Twist the wire about 1/2 inch here like you did at the 
bottom of the heart. I twisted a little bit more here but
that's okay. 
 Snip off one of the ends to about 1/8 of an inch
 and fold it upwards
Push the middle down to shape it into a heart.  
 Snip off the tail that is left leaving about 
 3/4' to 1" 
 Roll up the wire tail nice and tight.
Now you are ready for some jute or ribbon!
Wrap the jute around the center bead and tie
a cute bow. 

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