I was just starting to feel crafty after making all those Easter eggs and Easter decorations. Next year the Easter bunny is going to have to pay me for helping him out so much this year - OK I confess I had a great time I could have made more. So now that I am in a crafty mood I thought it would be fun to have a little party centered around a craft...like beading!!!
So I have decided to invite the girls over for an afternoon or evening of wine, beading and bonding. Not only will it be a day to remember but we will have something to show for it other than the dinner bill....A handmade bracelet or other fun options!
(Fun option: Don't want to make a bracelet for yourself then how about a bracelet or a little bling for those ordinary glass votives you have at home or why don't you make a few fun Spring napkin rings for your table)
Give yourself a 2 hour window for this shindig. Try to keep it small - 4 to 8 guests is perfect. Feel free to include the older kids (8+).
Head out to your local bead shop or craft store to pick-up your supplies. You will need the following items:
- Beads - You will save money by buying assorted beads in bulk. Don't forget to get a bag that includes charms or letter beads. I would plan on spending about $5 - $6 if you stick with the simple beads. If you decide to go fancier then the cost will depend on the bead. Try to choose a simple color palette when selecting your beads so everyone can find something they like. (wood beads are fun for the summer)
- Wire - beadalon stringing wire is the crafting favorite. It's nylon coated and easy to use. You should be able to get away with one spool for the party (between $2 - $6).
- Clasps - Get a variety of clasps (1 per guest as a rule of thumb) and a few extras (around $1).
- Tools - wire cutter and a pair of chain nose pliers - both can be shared by the group.
- Crimp Beads - these tube shaped beads are the finishing touches to the ends of the bracelet and also will create a loop for the clasp to be attached to (about $3 per package).
On the day of the party set-up your work stations! You can set these up on your kitchen or dining room table. Cut an 8" x 10" piece of fabric to define each guest's space (the fabric will also grip the beads better than your table) or you can buy Vellux mats just for this reason.
Cut the stringing wire in advance for each guest (about 8" length). Put the beads in seperate bowls so guests can easily choose.
Helpful Hints: cover one end of your precut wire with a piece of tape so your beads don't slide off then thread wire through the beads in whatever style you desire. When you're finished beading, slip a crimp bead onto the end of the wire. Loop the end of the wire back through the crimp bead. creating a loop and leaving a small end as a tail. Use pliers to compress and secure the crimp bead. Trim any excess wire. Do this on both ends.
Don't forget the snacks - a variety of finger foods are your best option for this event.
Let the beading begin!