Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Hama bead snowflake bunting

I started making this Hama bead snowflake bunting ages ago, but I only got around to actually hanging it up this weekend! I love how Hama beads look, but the trouble is that you can easily end up with lots and lots of creations and nothing to do with them. Making Christmas decorations means that you can display and enjoy them, and Hama beads are so versatile that you can make all kinds of things.

Hama bead snowflake bunting


The Hama bead snowflakes on this bunting are made using the small hexagon and small circle pegboards. I loved coming up with the different designs, I do like making symmetrical patterns and the pegboards lend themselves perfectly to snowflakes. Here they are ironed and ready to go:

Hama bead snowflake patterns


I used a large needle to thread them onto some thin red cord, threading through the holes created by the melted beads. I threaded through two holes so that they would lie nicely flat. I always struggle to find somewhere to hang bunting, but Harry spotted the perfect place, across the front of our fire guard (just to confirm, we never use the fire, otherwise of course it's not the safest place to hang bunting!)

Hama bead snowflake bunting


I think it looks really festive, and the blue and white are a lovely contrast to the other Christmas colours that we have in our decorations.

If the pictures aren't clear enough to see the pattern, here are the designs that I used for my Hama bead snowflakes.




You could also take out the background and make these as standalone snowflakes. They would need to be well ironed so that they didn't fall apart, but then I think they would look lovely as hanging decorations for the tree. You can also buy sparkly Hama beads that would work really well for decorations.

30 comments:

  1. What a great idea! My children love hama beads but there is that issue of what happens once they've been made...this is a great way to get them making something which can actually be used and which they'd love to see up. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. It's a great way to display some of those melted plastic creations!

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  2. This looks so cool! Probably one of my fave hama bead creations that I've seen

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  3. oh I spotted these on Pinterest and wanted to pop over and say I loved them!

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  4. Those are so pretty!! And SNAP, just did some star ones for the tree!

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    1. Thank you! I have a star pegboard too which I'm hoping to make decorations with, although it's getting a bit close to Christmas now!

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  5. I love this idea!! I have bought A some Hama beads for Christmas and I am looking forward to having a go myself.

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    1. Enjoy, I think I play with them just as much as, if not more, than the children!

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  6. Brilliant idea! They're quite retro looking which I love. Just bought Hama beads for my daughter and looking forward to some post-Christmas creating! x

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  7. Oh those are so pretty! Pinning them now!

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  8. So lovely .... would be fab to do to match any colour scheme :-)

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    1. Thank you, I think that red and green ones would look nice, or sparkly ones...

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  9. They're so lovely! I'm always a fan of homemade decorations!

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    1. Thank you, we have lots of homemade decorations too!

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  10. Oh these are fabulous, I'm off to share on Twitter and Pin!

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  11. These are an amazing idea. Saw (this post) them on Facebook this morning and shared them in a craft group. Never knew they were ironed and have heard about them loads. You have made such a great decoration.

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing! We do love Hama beads in this house!

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  12. i have been keeping away from the hama beads because i just know that once i try them i will be so adddicted!

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  13. That is lovely Jennifer! you must be very patient!

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  14. Gosh those are really pretty! I'm afraid I'm all fingers and thumbs with Hama beads, but I might get the kids to have a go

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  15. Great craft idea. You're making me feel like I need more decorations in my house!

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  16. omg these look amazing! I really need to get into the hama bead thing. They look brilliant! x

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  17. wow, i havent made anything with hamma beads for years, thank you for the templates they look great. Do they still make the glittery ones> these would look great with these.

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    1. Yes they do still do the glittery ones and you're right, they would look really good!

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