Friday, December 17, 2010

Beaded Ornament Hooks Tutorial D.I.Y.Christmas Day Nine

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You know what’s better than making a handmade ornament?  Making a handmade ornament with a beaded ornament hook, that’s what.  Here’s a little tutorial on how you can snazz up your ornaments.
Beaded Ornament Hook Tutorial
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Supplies: IMG_3874
5-1/2 inches of bendable wire (I used 20 gauge)
Wire cutting & bending tools (shown here is a 3-in-1 tool)
Beads


Step 1 – Use your wire bender and make a little hook at the bottom of your wire, like so:
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Step 2 – Using your wire bender/wrapper, make a small loop about 1-inch up from your hook.  The measurement isn’t precise, I totally just eyeball it.
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Step 3 – Add your beads from the top.  Glass beads look really pretty, but these are just plastic ones I swiped from one of my daughter’s jewelry kits.  Still pretty.
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Step 4 – Make your hook at the top.  I use my finger as a guide, wrapping the wire over my index finger.  I totally have old lady hands in this picture.  Ignore that.
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Step 5 – Make a little hook up at the end of your wire.  I don’t know how to explain it, but it looks like this:
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Now go and hang your handmade ornament from your handmade hook and brag to all of your friends how cool you are because you did it yourself, you rockin’ DIY’er!
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Alternately, if you just want to jazz up some pre-made hooks, you can do that, too.
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Here are a couple more I made.  One with wood beads, which I have a particular fondness for, and the other made with the only glass beads I could find in my entire crafty stash, pathetically.
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Happy Holidays, DIY’ers!
~julee~

1 comment:

  1. These hooks are so pretty...thanks for sharing them:) Love your blog, so I’m going to follow along. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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