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Christmas tree pin

Create a classic holiday brooch

I added dimension to a holiday standard by creating individual boughs and adorning them with hanging ornaments, which add eye-catching interest. Change the look with your choice of colors.

Materials

Brooch 1 3⁄4 x 2 3⁄4 in. (4.4 x 7 cm)

  • 1–2 g 8/0 seed beads (silver-lined crystal)
  • 11/0 seed beads 
    • 15–25 g color A (green)
    • 1–2 g color B (silver-lined dark gold)
    • 1–2 g 15/0 seed beads in a single color (red) or assorted colors
  • 2 1⁄2 yd. (2.3 m) 26- or 28-gauge green craft or floral wire
  • pin-back finding
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • E6000 adhesive
  • 1 x 3⁄8-in. (2.5 x 1 cm) piece of green felt
  • chainnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Christmas tree pin fig 1
Figure 1
Ornaments

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up 11–15 15/0 seed beads and an 8/0 seed bead, leaving a 3-in. (7.6 cm) tail. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot.

2. Sew through all the beads again, and tie a square knot. Sew through a few beads, and trim the thread. Thread a needle on the tail, sew through a few beads, and trim the thread.

3. Using the remaining thread on your needle, repeat steps 1 and 2 24 times for a total of 25 ornaments.

Star

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, pick up five color B 11/0 seed beads, leaving a 3-in. (7.6 cm) tail. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the next B. 

2. Pick up six Bs, skip the sixth B, and sew back through the fifth B (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up four Bs, skip a B in the ring, and sew under the thread between the skipped B and the following B. Sew back up through the last B added (b–c).
Christmas tree pin fig 2
Figure 2
3. Pick up five Bs, skip the fifth B, and sew back through the fourth B. Pick up four Bs, skip a B in the ring, and sew under the thread between the skipped B and the following B. Sew back up through the last B added (FIGURE 2).

4. Repeat step 3 twice.
Christmas tree pin fig 3
Figure 3
5. Pick up five Bs, skip the fifth B, and sew back through the fourth B. Pick up three Bs, and sew through the first B added in step 2. Sew under the thread between the Bs in the ring, and sew back up through the B your thread exited (FIGURE 3). End the tail but not the working thread.
Christmas tree pin photo a
Photo a

Boughs

Nine outer boughs 

1. On 29 in. (74 cm) of wire, string 123⁄4 in. (32.4 cm) of color A 11/0 seed beads and five ornaments (PHOTO A). 

2. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, slide together 2 in. (5 cm) of As and an ornament. Bend the wire with the As and ornament in half, and twist the ends together about four turns to form a bough.

Christmas tree pin photo b
Photo b

3. Leaving about 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) from the end of the previous bough, slide 13⁄4 in. (4.4 cm) of As together, bend in half, and twist as before to form a bough (PHOTO  B).

4. Repeat step 3 to form a total of nine boughs, alternating between boughs with ornaments and those without, and use the following measurements for the remaining seven boughs: 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm), 1 in. (2.5 cm), 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm), 1 in. (2.5 cm), 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm), 1 3⁄4 in. (4.4 cm), and 2 in. (5 cm), making sure to leave the 3⁄4-in. (1.9 cm) bough without an ornament.

30 inner boughs

1. On 1 1⁄4 yd. (1.1 m) of wire, string 1 1⁄8 yd. (1 m) of A 11/0s and 20 ornaments.

2. Make 30 boughs as you did in steps 2–4 of “Nine outer boughs” with the following changes: Leave an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, evenly distribute the remaining 20 ornaments so there are two ornaments in each group of three boughs, leave 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) between each bough, repeat each measurement five times before beginning the next, and use the following measurements: 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm), 1 in. (2.5 cm), 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm), 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm), 1 3⁄4 in. (4.4 cm), and 2 in. (5 cm).

Christmas tree pin photo c
Photo c

Assembly

1. Bend the nine-bough section in half, and arrange the boughs to line both sides of the pin-back finding with the shortest loop at the top. Using the tails, weave in between the boughs, wrapping them to the pin-back finding (PHOTO C). Twist the tails together, and trim.

Christmas tree pin photo d
Photo d

2. Anchor the first 3⁄4-in. (1.9 cm) bough of the 30-bough section to the top by wrapping the tail around the pin-back finding. Using the tail, wrap the boughs in groups of three, as in step 1, to the front of the pin-back finding, zigzagging back and forth across the width. Stop when you have wrapped 15 boughs (PHOTO D).

3. Anchor the end 2-in. (5 cm) bough to the bottom end of the pin-back finding. Using the tail, wrap the boughs in groups of three, zigzagging back and forth across the width of the pin-back finding and spreading the boughs evenly to fill in the remaining area on the front of the pin-back finding. Secure the tails in the wirework, and trim.

Christmas tree pin photo e
Photo e

4. Bend the boughs to neaten the tree, and arrange the ornaments to the tips of the boughs. 

5. Place the star on the top bough, and tack it in place with the working thread, weaving between the beads in the bough and the star (PHOTO E). End the thread.

Christmas tree pin photo f
Photo f

6. Cut a small piece of green felt to cover the wire wraps on the back of the pin-back finding, and glue it in place (FIGURE F).

Tip!
  • Unroll more wire than you need, and warm it with your fingers to increase flexibility.
  • Use pliers to pull wire snug.
  • If a patch of tree ends up bare of ornaments, add more by sewing through a bough as you create each new additional ornament.
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