Since recently moving to the south, I am enjoying all the fun that goes along with Mardi Gras. And, of course, I needed some type of decoration for my house! So, I took a hour or two the other day and made this Mardi Gras bead wreath.
It’s Easy as 1-2-3! You only need a wire wreath base, beads and wire for a hanger. I did not have to buy a thing – love that part! I took the dry greenery off of a wire frame that I had left from Christmas to use for my base. Then I made a big pile of the beads we caught the night before at a parade and starting wrapping my wreath.
Tie one strand of beads onto the frame. Then connection on more strands.
To connect them, just lay one strand over the other, then pull one strand under and through the end of the other.
Pull through to connect 2 strands. I used smaller beads for the base because those were the size that I had the most of. You could use larger beads, but I would reccomend that you use all similar size so the thickness will be the same all the way around. Continue on wrapping at an angle until you get close to the finish size you would like.
At this point I added in my larger beads to provide more interest and texture. I also added more of the small beads, but after I connected them together, I knotted them a seccond to create clusters to scatter about.
Just play around and see what you come up with – that’s part of the fun! I ran a piece of wire from the back to create my hanger and then put it up on my front door – 3 days before Fat Tuesday! Now that I have made this one, next year I’ll be able to put it up lots earlier!
My front door is not decorated as elaborately as some others around town -but I like it simple!