This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in December 2014.
‘Tis the season to par-tay! Add some sparkle to your New Year’s Eve shin-digs with this crafty idea requiring only thread, a straw, a few beads, and all of that leftover tinsel. It’s an easy craft for any age, and you’ll love how it sparkles when you wave it over your head at midnight. (If you’re looking for another sparkly project, check out my sequined candlesticks!) Happy New Year!
Sort lengths of tinsel on a flat surface. For straws, I used stiff paper straws. Avoid flimsy or bendy straws!
Cut a 24″ length of embroidery thread.
Tie the embroidery thread and the tinsel together, knotted once in the middle.
Separate the embroidery string ends from the tinsel, and pull a wooden bead through the end of the string. If the ends of your thread are fraying – very possible – pinch a small piece of tape over the end to stiffen it and make it easier to maneuver.
Then thread the long ends of embroidery string through the straw too. Having the ends of the thread stiffened with tape that will help it slide through the straw easily.
Slide the second bead on the string towards end of the straw.
Tie the end of the string around the bead, securing it in place. Trim away the extra string ends.
You’ve created an easy, sparkly, fun party favor! Happy New Year!