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[from Better Homes and Gardens]
The light will dance on these wintertime snowflakes, made from a variety of crystal-like beads.
For each snowflake:
- 10 corsage pins with pearl ends (available in fabric and craft stores)
- Crystal-like beads in desired shapes and sizes
- 1 small cork
- Iridescent white glitter paint pen (usually used for fabric, available in craft and discount stores)
- Monofilament thread
1. Add beads to 4 pins. Place beads on 1 corsage pin in desired order, leaving the last 1/4 inch without beads. Make 3 more beaded pins using the same arrangement.
2. Make another set of 4 beaded pins, using a different arrangement. Make an additional set of 2 beaded pins. (You should have a total of 10 beaded pins.)
3. Add 4 matching pins to cork. Cut the cork, if necessary, so it is about 1/4 inch long. With the round side of the cork laying on the work surface, poke one beaded pin into the cork (close to work surface) like a spoke of a wheel. Place a matching beaded pin opposite the first. Place the remaining two opposite each other, between the first set.
4. Add remaining pins. Using the remaining set of 4 matching pins, poke each into the cork, slightly closer to the top of the cork and alternating with the first set of four. Place the remaining 2 beaded pins into each round end of the cork.
5. Cover the cork using glitter paint pen. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary, and let dry.
6. To hang, cut a desired length of monofilament and tie to one spoke of the snowflake.
[From Better Homes and Gardens]
Jazz up the classic snowflake in an unexpected way using jingle bells.
- 16-gauge crafts wire
- Needle-nose pliers
- Fine crafts wire
- Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
- Assorted 9-mm- to 1-inch-diameter jingle bells
1. Cut three 6- to 8-inch lengths of 16-gauge crafts wire.
2. Using needle-nose pliers, bend one of the wires to make a hook for hanging.
3. Cross the wire pieces in the center, wrap with fine crafts wire to secure in a spoke shape, and reinforce the wire with hot glue.
4. Hot-glue one bell over the center intersection of the wire assembly.
5. Slide bells onto each wire spoke, securing them on the back side with hot glue.