During the holidays Krafty Kath and I hosted a craft party where we made wood bead snowflakes. It was a blast and I enjoyed the snowflakes for weeks to come as they hung on the Christmas tree. Always one to prefer too much rather than risk not enough, I ordered far more beads that we ended up using. Ever since then they’ve been nagging me to use them again. Thus, the impetus for today’s DIY project—Valentine’s hearts. Not a huge leap from the original snowflakes but cute just the same.
Shall we craft?!
DIY Valentine’s Wood Bead Hearts
Approximate time: 30 minutes including drying time
Materials and Supplies
- Florist wire
- 12 mm natural wood beads (27 beads makes one ornament)
- Wire cutters
- Bamboo skewers
- Foam brush
- Acrylic paints (red, pink or white)
- Instructions (PDF)
Paint your beads using the foam brush and acrylic paint.
TIP: I like using bamboo skewers to hold the beads both while I paint and while they dry. You can place the skewer horizontally over the opening of a glass or bowl to prevent paint from getting everywhere.
Once dry, thread a length of wire through bead A (see diagram below and instructions). Continue with 14 additional beads. Continue by threading the wire back through bead B. Add 12 additional beads.
Complete the shape by threading the wire back through bead A. Create a second loop through bead A with both ends of the wire.
Trim excess wire.
Shape into a heart.
Swoon! You just made a DIY Valentine’s Wood Bead Heart.
Use it as a decoration for your sweetie’s gift, as a tabletop decoration or as an ornament.