Year after year, the holiday season does an excellent job at creeping up on everyone. It seems to go from 0 to 100 in just a few days. This is probably why stores (and crafters) start rolling out the holiday projects well before Halloween. No one ever seems to be prepared.
In celebration of the Winter Solstice (and the holidays in general), I whipped up this beaded peace wreath using just a few supplies. I love that it can be used well past December, too; it’s pretty versatile, to be honest. Stone beads, peace signs, and felt leaves… what’s not to love? I’m definitely hanging this up come spring (with a few added floral details, of course.)
- Green felt
- Metal hoop
- Stone chip beads (or any other beads you’d like)
- Jewelry pliers
- Jewelry wire (22 or 24 gauge works perfectly)
- Hot glue gun
1. Cut a strand of wire and tightly wrap it around the metal hoop. You can use the pliers to push down any raw ends.
Here’s a close up!
2. This strand of wire will run from one (lower) side of the hoop to the other. It shouldn’t be long enough to pass into the top half of the hoop. Add enough beads so that it can reach that other side.
3. Tightly wrap the other end of the wire around the hoop. Trim the excess with the pliers or scissors.
4. Wrap another strand of wire around the middle of the beaded strand. This should be done in between the actual beads. Add more beads to this new strand.
5. Add beads until your reach the top of the hoop. Wrap the wire and trim the excess.
6. Cut the felt in to pointed ovals (AKA leaves!)
7. Hot glue onto the metal hoop. Don’t be afraid to randomly layer them for depth and dimension.
Love, love, LOVE. And since it’s so lightweight and simple, it’ll be super easy to hang and pack up.
Don’t forget to browse the website for more last-minute holiday projects!