I know Thanksgiving is just one week away, but I think it’s ok to start planning your Christmas decorations. And the mantel is a great place to start.
There really is nothing prettier then simple, and uncluttered, as far as I’m concerned. I’m trying to be all about the “less is more”. If you’ve read my blog for a while now, I can’t get enough of everything Scandinavian, no one does clean, minimal design better. Inspired by all the pretty blond wood tones that Scandinavian design uses, I created this simple Wooden Bead Icicle Garland.
This no-fuss wintery garland is easy to make and the eucalyptus smells so good. I kind of want to keep these wooden bead icicles up all year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Seeded Eucalyptus (available at the florist or just growing everywhere in my neighborhood)
- Pine or Spruce sprigs (I used branches that had a few baby pine cones on them)
- PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners, Fiskars Lopper (25″), and Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip
- 1/4″ thick color piping or rope (available at the craft or fabric store)
- 24 gauge Florist Wire
- Wooded beads in a variety of sizes and shapes (I used about 8 dozen beads, the largest being 2 inches and the smallest 1/4 inch in diameter)
- 3 push-pin tacks or 3 3M Command Strips Hooks
- A large needle
- White crochet thread
To start, you will want to measure your mantel for the length of the garland. Using the 1/4″ rope, decide how long you want it to hang on the sides and also account for the swags along the top of the mantel. I made my garland to dip just twice.Using the PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners and Fiskars Lopper (25″) trim a lot of branches of eucalyptus. I trimmed mine from a neighbors tree and the long handles of the Lopper made it easy to my to reach taller, thicker branches of foliage.I used the Pruners to trim away parts of the branches that didn’t have very many leaves. These Pruners are one of the best tools I own. They are easy to grip and the non-stick blade cuts through thick branches with ease.Starting at one end of the rope, I wired on a branch of eucalyptus with the foliage falling away from the end of the rope. Every couple inches, I added in another brand, laying them all the same direction, and wired them all tightly to the rope. I used enough foliage to be sure the rope was hidden and out of site.Working with pieces of florist wire that are about a yard or two in length is the easiest. You are less likely to get tangled in the leaves and branches. And when you need more length, simply twist the two ends of the wire together to secure.Next I trimmed about 8-10 sprigs of pine that had pine cones on it. These were not big pieces, most were about 6 inches in length. Then, before I wired in the pine sprigs, I hung the eucalyptus garland on the mantel with just 3 tacks to secure in the middle and the 2 ends. I wanted to get an idea of how the piece hung and then attach the pine sprigs where they would be visible.
Using short, 5 inch, pieces of wire, I attached the pine sprigs to the garland.Next I worked on my wooden bead icicles.Start by cutting a 3 foot length piece of crochet thread. I love the Pruning Snips for jobs like this. They are super versatile and can go from cutting branches to snipping thread with ease.Lay out your beads in the desired pattern. I worked from biggest to smallest to create an icicle effect. Using the large needle, thread the smallest bead on and place it in the center of the length of thread.Then re-thread the needle onto both ends of the thread and thread on a second bead.Continue threading on all the beads. I made 3 icicles for my mantel. I simply tied them onto the tack that was securing the garland to the mantel.
Then I created to more beaded strands to hang in between the icicles. And again, I tied them to the tacks I had placed in the top of the mantel.
And now the halls are decked!
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Hey, and if you like today’s post, be sure to also check out this gorgeous Summer Floral Arrangement I created in collaboration with Fiskars.