Using nothing more than simple wire and dime-store beads, dress up your home in valentine jewelry by threading the beads and tying the wires into sparkling garlands. Use them one at a time or twist them end to end. They'll keep their shape whichever way you form them.
Encircle simple votive candleholders or candlesticks for a festive family dinner; loop napkins with rings of sparkling beads; and toast those special memories with fanciful champagne flutes. Here are the instructions on how to make your glittering garlands.
What you'll need:
- 36 inches (1 yard) 26-gauge gold beading wire
- 8 to 12 transparent red heart-shaped beads, 10 mm
- 8 to 12 clear starflake beads, 10 mm
- 8 to 12 red faceted beads, 4 mm
Lay the wire on a flat, clean surface. Thread a heart-shaped bead onto the wire, positioning it in the middle. Secure the bead by tying it in place with a half-knot. Add a starflake bead to the wire, tying it 1 1/2 inches from the heart. String a faceted bead next, tying it 1 1/2 inches from the clear one. Continue to add beads in this order, leaving 1 to 1 1/2 inches between each bead and 2 inches of open wire at each end.
For longer garlands, connect two or more finished garland lengths by threading the wire tip from one finished garland through the end bead of another completed strand, using the end wire from each. Tie these wires with a secure half-knot, snipping any excess wire. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to create the desired garland length.