Monday, September 5, 2011

Yes We Cane!

The latest Craft Hope project is making stockings for Christmas in Dixie.  Since I can't sew, I emailed someone at Christmas in Dixie and have volunteered to cross stitch some ornaments.

But cross stitching takes time and can't be easily outsourced.  So, I've acquired an ornament kit, a bag of tri beads, and some wire.

For those of you playing along at home, you need: scissors, wire, a ruler, maybe ribbon or yarn, and 40 tri beads for every ornament you want to make.  If you have lots of beads (and why wouldn't you), it's easier if you count your beads (20 of each color) before you start.

Measure and cut a 6.5" piece of wire.  Make the smallest loop you can at the end of the wire, then alternate bead colors until you run out.  Make another loop at the other end (you may need to fold it over) and shape the ornament.  You've just made a delicious, inedible candy cane!

After making one crude wire hanger, I remembered something--no wire hangers!  And most people just use the curve of the candy cane to hold it on the tree, right?  That's what my special helper told me anyway.  It also meant more wire for the clear beads.

27 pieces of Christmas cheer!  Now I just need to figure out what to do with the leftover green and red beads.  Also, if you buy the Christmas multipack for this project, you will run out of clear beads well before you run out of green and/or red.

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