Thursday, 30 January 2014
Hama bead heart hanging decoration
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so it's time for some more heart crafting! I bought some Hama bead heart pegboards especially for Valentine's Day, but instead of just making lots of hearts to stick around I thought I'd come up with a craft which displays the lovely Hama bead creations that we've made.
I used the small Hama bead heart pegboard to make five small hearts. I used just pink and white beads and came up with a few different designs, but of course the possibilities are endless. I never buy ribbon as I seem to acquire loads of it anyway, this dark pink ribbon was round some pajamas that I received for Christmas!
I ironed the hearts on both sides to make them nice and sturdy, but it's a matter of personal preference as to how much they are ironed. I tried to iron slightly less on the side that will be on display, as I personally like to show the definition in the beads. It also makes it easier when it comes to sewing the hearts onto the ribbon if you have clearly marked holes to sew through.
I sewed the hearts firmly on to the ribbon at the top and the bottom, with about a 5cm gap in between them. If the holes have fused up it should be easy enough to push a large needle through to reopen them. Thicker ribbon is best as it will need to bear the weight of the hearts.
To hang up the decoration I folded a small amount of the ribbon at the top back on over itself (about a centimetre) and sewed firmly down each side, to create a little pocket. I found a matching button which I glued over at the front to hide the stitching (glued because sewing it would sew up the hole), then the pocket can be hooked over a picture hook for hanging on the wall. Just be careful not to use too much glue so that it fills up the pocket and glues it together, and make sure that the glue has dried completely before hanging up the decoration.
Another way to display your Hama bead hearts would be to create Hama bead heart bunting, perhaps similar to this Hama bead snowflake bunting which we made before Christmas.