Welcome to what is only my second ever tutorial. Here’s the first one, which is also beading. This time I’ll be showing you how to make simple but beautiful ornaments using beads and some ribbon.
You’ll need some beads, some ribbon, some thread that is thin enough to go through your beads, and a needle that is big enough for your thread but small enough to go through your beads.
First you need to thread the needle and tie a knot in the end. You might need to make two or three in the same spot to make it big enough to stop a bead.
Thread your first bead on until it sits on the knot.
Now you add the start of the ribbon. You might have a ribbon that frays and there are a couple of ways of stopping this. You can either paint it with clear nail polish and wait for it to dry, or do what I do and melt it ever so slightly.
Now thread the ribbon, a little in from the end, onto the needle.
When you pull the thread through, the ribbon should sit nicely on top of your first bead.
Now you can add more beads. You can add as many as you like, but I’ve added two here.
To create the fold, you need to curve the ribbon around and work out how wide a curve you want.
Then thread the needle through and pull until the ribbon rests on the beads.
If you find your curve isn’t quite wide enough…
…you can always unthread it and try again.
Repeat until you have as tall a piece as you’d like.
Cut your ribbon.
Thread on a final bead.
And finally, tie another knot or two, and finish off the thread with a loop for hanging.
This is a very versatile project. You can use any width of ribbon you’d like, any size of bead. And they’re so simple they’re almost addictive.
If you make some, please let me see 🙂