Jeweled Cone Tree

From JOANN

 

Three trees, thee designs…all beautiful additions to your Christmas decor. Pick your favorite – or make all three to create your very own Christmas Tree farm display.

GREEN BEADED CHRISTMAS TREE

YOU’LL NEED

White foam tree, approximately 8″ tall

Green seed beads

Red glass bicone beads

Gold pendants

Gold head pins

Gold double pins

Gold wire 16 gauges

Green paint

White tread

Hot glue

Beading needle

Flat pliers

Cutters

 

DIRECTIONS

1.Paint the tree green and allow to dry.

2.Create the starburst top. Cut 1 segment of gold wire, 10″ long. String 2 pendants back to back, bring to the center of the wire and twist the wire, leaving a tail. Set aside.

3.Make a very long green strand: Take a needle and string several feet of green seed beads. The ultimate length will depend on the size of the tree and how many loops are made.

4.Starting from the bottom of the tree, pin the end of the green bead strand into the tree. Skip 2″ down the strand and pin this point into the tree 1″ from the starting pin, creating a little swag of beads. Continue around the tree in this manner, until the tree has been covered.

5.Attach the red bicone beads to the tree using gold head pins “pinned” directly into the tree.

6.To finish off; attach the gold pendant to the top of the tree. Use hot glue to secure.

 

GARLAND CHRISTMAS TREE

YOU’LL NEED

White foam tree

Green seed beads

Green glass roundel beads

Red glass hexagonal beads

Red glass round & bicone beads

Red round beads 4 mm

Gold roundel beads

Gold pendant leaves

Gold round beads 4 mm

Gold wire, 28-gauge

White paper

Red satin ribbon

Corsage pins

Permanent glue

Hot glue

Flat pliers

Cutters

 

DIRECTIONS

1.Cover the white foam with white paper, using permanent glue.

2.Cut segment a one-yard segment of 28-gauge gold wire.

3.Take one segment of wire and start making small wired flowers and leaves using red, green, and gold beads.

4.Make a garland: use the flowers and leaves from the step # 3 and gold pendants leaves, attaching each with gold wire into aa long strand.

5.Attach the garland, ribbon, and beads to the tree following the pattern in the picture, using hot glue.

6.Create a tree topper using a wired flower technique. *see below

7.Decide which beads you would like to make up a petal of the flower. It helps to have a small or teardrop shaped bead at the center of your flower to create the right shape.

8.Cut a length of 24-gauge wire between 36″ and 72″, depending on how long each of the petals are – the longer the petals and the more numerous the petals, the more wire you will need for the finished flower.

9.String on the beads that make up one full petal, starting with the bead you intend to be at the center, and bring all beads to the center of the wire. Take one free end of the wire and go back through all beads, except the last one you strung. For example, if using 3 beads per petal, string on beads 1/2 and 3, then go back through beads 2 and 1 only. This will trap bead 3.

10.String the next “petal” in the same way, trapping the last bead and bringing the wire back to what will be the center of the flower. You can continue adding petals in this way, and then adding shorter petals in the middle to create a flower center. The design possibilities are endless with this one simple technique.

11.To strengthen the flower and lock the petals in place, take both free ends of wire and start wrapping them around the petals to hold everything in place. Secure the wire and trim the excess in the back.

 

SILVER COIL CHRISTMAS TREE

YOU’LL NEED

White foam tree, approx. 12″ tall

Assorted red, green, & gold beads

Gold wire 26 & 28 gauges

Corsage pins

Clear fishing line

Permanent glue

Hot glue

Flat pliers

Cutters

 

DIRECTIONS

1.Cover the white foam tree with permanent glue. Attach the snake chain around the tree, starting at the bottom and swirling up. Temporarily hold the snake chain with 2 corsage pins in each row, until the glue dries. Remove the pins.

2.Cut segments of gold wire, both 26 and 28 gauges.

3.Create flower “ornaments” using red, gold, and green beads and the techniques below.

  • FLOWER TECHNIQUE #1 (Small 6-petal flowers)
  • Cut a length of 26-gauge wire, about a yard long. String one bead and bring to the center of the wire. Fold the bead over the wire so the two wires meet at the small end of the teardrop. Twist the wire together about three times to “trap” the bead on the wire and hold it in place.
  • Repeat this procedure 5 more times, adding “petals” to both free ends of the wire, each time stringing a bead on, folding it over, and twisting to create a total of 6 petals.
  • To create the center, use the same wire you’ve been using and string on the center bead. Using the same technique as above, slide it to the center and twist it on itself to trap it in place.
  • To strengthen the flower and lock the petals in place, take both free ends of wire and start wrapping them around the petals. Trim the excess wire in the back.
  • FLOWER TECHNIQUE #2 (Larger, more elaborate flowers)
  • Decide which beads will be used to make up a petal of the flower. It helps to have a small or teardrop-shaped bead at the center of the flower to create the right shape.
  • Cut a length of 24-gauge wire between 36″ and 72″ in length, depending on how long each of the petals are. The longer and more numerous the petals, the more wire will be required for the finished flower.
  • String on the beads that make up one full petal, starting with the bead you intend to be at the center, and bring all beads to the center of the wire. Take one free end of the wire and go back through all beads, except the last one you strung. For example, if using 3 beads per petal, string on beads 1/2 and 3, then go back through beads 2 and 1 only. This will trap bead 3. The first petal is finished.
  • String the next “petal” in the same way, trapping the last bead and bringing the wire back to what will be the center of the flower. Continue adding petals in this way, and then add shorter petals in the middle to create a flower center. The design possibilities are endless with this one simple technique.
  • To strengthen the flower and lock the petals in place, take both free ends of wire and wrap them around the petals to hold everything in place. Secure the wire and trim the excess in the back.
  • RED GLOBE TECHNIQUE #3 (for top of tree)
  • String five 10 mm red round beads to the center of 72″ of fishing line. Bring the fishing line back through the first bead, going in the opposite direction, forming a circle.
  • String 4 red beads onto the right end of the fishing line. Put the left end through the last bead in the opposite direction. Take that same left end and go through the next bead (the closest bead to the left). String 3 more beads on the right end. Take the left end and cross through the last bead. Take the left end going through the next bead, to the closest bead to the left, repeat the same steps two more times. Take the left end going through the next bead to the closest bead to the left, take the left end going through the next bead, then take the right end and string 2 more beads, take the left end and cross through the last bead, creating five circles with five beads.
  • Take the left end, going through the left bead, to the closest bead to the left. Take the right end and string 3 beads, crossing back through the last bead with the left end. Take the left end, going through two beads directly to the left. Take the right end, string 2 beads, and go back through last bead with the left end. Take the felt end going through the two beads directly to the left (repeat same step two more times with 2 beads), take the left end, going through the three beads to the left. Take the right end and string 1 bead. Take the left end crossing back through the last bead, and both left and right ends going in two different directions, to meet up so a knot can be tied.
  • Take a new piece of fishing line; string a gold bead in the middle of each circle from the snow globe.
  • To finish off; glue the flowers and snow globe to the tree following the pattern in the picture.

 

 

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