24 Nov 2014

DIY Beaded Advent Candle Holder

Advent is quickly approaching. One of my favourite memories of the weeks prior to Christmas was the advent candles that were lit each Sunday before Christmas.  I really wanted to make a candle holder for advent last year, but ran out of time.  I had even purchased some copper fittings and dowels to make a candle holder.  This year I made it a priority to make an advent candle holder.  Since I've used a lot of wood beads in my Christmas decor (like my ornaments from last week), it seamed fitting to make one out of beads. 

This advent candle holder was inspired by the one from Ferm Living.  With a not nearly finished basement, I couldn't justify spending the money to purchase the candle holder.  Making it myself (with the help of my hubby) was surprisingly easy as well.  I really like how simple it is and that the string of beads allows you to shape the candle holder whichever way you would like.  I had thought initially to paint some of the beads, but ended up leaving it as is and using some grey candles for a bit of "colour". I may go ahead and paint some additional beads that I can swap out to change things up.  This candle holder could really be used any time of year and would look lovely down the centre of a dining table for any holiday/celebration.

DIY Beaded Candle Holder

Four, 2 1/4" wooden doll heads (these are large round wooden balls with a flat bottom)
Four, 1" wooden beads
Nine, 3/4" wooden beads
Six, 1/2" wooden beads
leather cord (or desired string)
Drill or Drill Press with 5/8" flat top drill bit (or whatever size is right for your candles) and 3/8" regular drill bit - we used a drill press and used a clamp to hold the doll head steady)

How To:
1.  Drill a 1" deep hole with the 5/8" bit at the top of each doll head (to accommodate your candle)
2.  Drill another hole through the side of the doll head (slightly below the middle) all the way to the other side (this is where the cord will go through)
3.  Thread your beads and candle holders (doll heads) onto the leather cord in a pattern you like.  Tie the knots on each end to keep your string together.
4.  Insert your candles and you're done!

This is how it will look next Sunday.  I can't wait!

19 Nov 2014

DIY Wood Bead Ornaments: I Made Some Too!

Today is my first Christmas DIY that I'm sharing here this year.  It's not technically the first project I've done, but the first one to get some photos taken.  These wood bead ornaments must be the easiest Christmas ornaments to make.  They seem to be quite popular in Scandinavian Christmas decor recently and I've seen some really lovely DIY ornaments with beads as well.  I was inspired by these ornaments by Bloomingville.  I used mint, grey and natural wood as the colours.  I've been thinking about adding a little mint green to our mostly neutral Christmas decor.
I displayed the ornaments in a couple of spots in our house for this post.  We like to keep our Finnish tradition of getting our Christmas tree much closer to Christmas (so no tree to hang these on yet).  They may end up on the boys' wooden dowel advent tree though.  The natural wood of the beads would go well with the wooden dowels of the tree.

The first spot I tried displaying the beads was on a dowel that I hung from a rhino head.  I've had this guy up above our fireplace for some time.  I tired of the mirror that was there before and because we have an outlet there for a picture light, I needed something to cover it up.  The boys really like it.  The littlest likes to point it out and growl.   You may notice the black tree garlands from last year.  I was going to hang them up across the fireplace, but kind of like the couple strings off to one side.  The stockings were hung by my oldest.  He found them in the Christmas decoration box and insisted they be hung.  He also looks every morning in them to see if the new Planes Fire and Rescue DVD is inside.  You can see the second spot where I hung the ornaments after the DIY.

Wooden Bead Ornament How To:

1.  Materials:  Wooden Craft Beads
Craft Paint & Brush
2.  Paint your beads and then select a combination of a few to use for your ornament.  Cut a piece of twine that is double the length of the beads + the height of your loop + extra for tying.  Fold the piece of twine in half and tie a loop at the top that will be for hanging the ornament.
3.  String the beads onto the doubled string below the knot you made in step 2.  Then tie another knot at the base of the beads.
4.  Trim off any excess twine at the bottom.
5.  Your ornament is ready to be hung!

I love using pine boughs to add greenery during Christmas time and these ornaments added a fun touch to a simple arrangement.

So there's a super simple Christmas ornament you can make in just a few minutes.

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18 Nov 2014

The Makers No. 44

Welcome to The Makers!  I love seeing all of your beautiful projects each week.  I also want to remind you (if you haven't already) to enter the Marimekko giveaway happening right now.  Now, onto the lovely features and party.

17 Nov 2014

Marimekko Giveaway with FinnStyle

 I've shared quite a few projects that I made with Marimekko fabrics over the last few months including my wall hanging, pouf and teepee.  I clearly love my Marimekko.  Lucky for you, today I've teamed up with FinnStyle to give you a chance to win some Marimekko for your kitchen!

I was also fortunate enough to receive a few Iittala Purnukka jars to use in my kitchen.  They are really lovely and simple jars that also stack.  I chose grey, white and black colours to go with my kitchen.  There's a hint of Christmas in my styling below with the pine boughs, garland and peppermints.  Iittala is another brand I love.  The gold Nappula candle stick is one of my favourite pieces in my home.  FinnStyle is having an Iittala sale from November 20 - December 2 where all Iittala is 20% off.

Now here's what we're giving away:  a Marimekko apron and oven mitt in the Kompotti pattern.  I love this pattern and actually have the pillow in my living room.  The colours are really pretty in pale pink, grey, black and white.  They go quite nicely with the simple Christmas touches that I added to our kitchen chalkboard.  These will make a great Christmas gift for you or a friend.  

To enter to win the oven mitt and apron, simply leave a comment below.  Please include your email so that I can contact the winner directly.  

*The giveaway is open to North America and will end on November 28, 2014 at midnight EST.*

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