- 8mm, 6mm and 4mm round colored pearl beads (plus a few very tiny ones)
- textured ‘foil’ like beads, same sizes (Hobby Lobby brand “In Bloom")
- gold beads oval shaped about the size of a grain of rice (I cut these off an old necklace but they are sold in craft stores)
- 34 gauge brass wire and tiny gold seed beads for ornament caps and rings
- ULTRAFINE glitter, gold, silver and various colors to match the beads and cover the bead holes
- Crafter’s Pick ‘Ultimate’ glue (my favorite) put in a bottle with a tiny dispensing hole
I think it looks best when you use a variety of sizes and shapes (oval ‘rice’ beads, fluted beads). I didn’t start with finished ornaments – I made the basic wreath of plain beads then added the bead caps and rings to some of the beads after the wreath was done. This way I only put them in a few places and didn’t waste the work of making the wreath from all finished ornaments.
Place beads around to get colors where you want them.
Glue them down. This is your first layer.
Use a few very tiny pearls to fill in some of the bigger spaces when you're done (you'll see what I mean)
Before all the glue is dry, make a few ornament rings from the wire and beads (see my Shiny Brite Tutorial, Sept. 2012). Fill in some of the bead holes with these rings.
Here is a photo of some other ornament wreaths I made in other color combinations:
Have fun making wreaths! Great way to use up your bead stash.