I first saw the idea of using bead garland to make a Valentine wreath over at Restyled Junk.
Like Cyndee, I also had picked up a whole box of wooden bead garland at a garage sale a few years ago. More than enough to decorate a tree. I remembered I also had in my stash a wire heart form. I have had this for a very long time. I was originally going to make a dried apple wreath. That never happened. I know I always say things come from my stash, but seriously, they do. I have a really BIG stash. I decided to go a step further and frame it to hang on our front door. Let's get started.
Using a pair of needle nose pliers I straightened the looped ends of the form so that I could get the beads on. I just slide the beads on. Some of mine didn't fit. The holes were too small, but it worked out fine. I had enough that did fit. Once all the beads were on I bent the ends again to make loops since this is need to hook the ends together so the beads won't fall off.
Like I said I had to take it a step further so I took an old frame, which isn't really a frame. It was an old cupboard door. I had picked up two of these at a garage sale. They've been hanging out waiting to be used. Except for washing them I left them as I found them.
I need a backing so I cut a piece of cardboard to fit, then mod podged some torn book pages on both sides. I did both sides because it will be hanging on our front door that has a large window. Even though I have sheers hanging I didn't want to be looking at ugly cardboard from the back.
A pretty gingham ribbon was added. I glued the heart to the inside of the frame and called it a day. Oops, almost forgot. In order to hang it I used two screw in eyelets and added some wire so it would hang on my over the door wreath hanger.
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