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Della Robbia Glass Bead Fruit Garland with Leaves and Tendrils


Supplies: Large Fancy and Round Glass Beads, 1/8" wide Velvet Ribbon, Mixed Small Millinery Leaves, Skewer or Narrow Paint Brush, Ruler, Scissors, 6" Piece of Fine Wire (26 or 28 Gauge)

Step 1: Prepare your supplies: separate leaves, cut length of velvet ribbon (for a 6 ft. garland we used 10 ft. of ribbon), choose a pattern for your beads (we arranged our beads fancy--round--fancy--round...).  Decide on your bead spacing (we placed ours 3-1/2" apart).

Step 2: Use the 6" piece of wire to make a "needle" by folding the ribbon in half about 3" from the end and looping the wire through.  Make sure the ribbon is as flat as possible and twist the wire close to the fold of ribbon to secure.  The goal is to make the ribbon and wire as small and streamlined as possible so it will pass through bead holes.  You will remove the wire later.

Step 3: At the end opposite your needle, tie a knot 8" to 9" from the end of the ribbon.  Add your first bead.  Tie a knot to secure the bead in place.

Step 4: Measure 3-1/2" and tie another knot.  Add another bead and tie another knot.  Repeat until desired beads are added to ribbon, leaving 8" to 9" free at ribbon end.  Remove wire "needle."

Step 5: Add leaves by wrapping wired stem around velvet ribbon two or three times between knot and bead.

Step 6: Create tendril by wrapping wire around skewer or tip of narrow paint brush.  Continue adding leaves and making tendrils for all beads.

Step 7: Tie a slip knot at ribbon ends to make loops for hanging your garland.

Tips:  Not all glass beads are suitable for stringing on velvet ribbon.  Smaller beads have smaller holes and the ribbon will not pass through.  Beads linked below are suitable choices. Please note that due the the handmade nature of the beads, each is slightly different with a slightly different hole.

For round beads, we used 18 mm.  Holes on 14 mm may allow the ribbon through, but without the needle, and it's possible not every bead will fit.

Velvet leaves look especially beautiful paired with the velvet ribbon.  We used a mix of both velvet and fabric.

If bead hole is large, tie two knots -- one on top of the other -- so the knot is thicker and won't pull through.

A green ribbon imitates a green vine, but unexpected colors look fantastic paired together -- let your imagination guide you!



24 Tiniest Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1/2" Long (2 bundles of 12)

24 Tiniest Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1/2" Long (2 bundles of 12)

$3.95

Bundle of 12 Petite Green Fabric Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1" Long

Bundle of 12 Petite Green Fabric Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1" Long

$4.95

Bundle of 12 Petite Green Fabric Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1" Long

Bundle of 12 Petite Green Fabric Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1" Long

$4.95

Bundle of 12 Petite Light Green Fabric Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1" Long

Bundle of 12 Petite Light Green Fabric Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1" Long

$4.95

Bundle of 12 Small Green Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1-1/8" Long

Bundle of 12 Small Green Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 1-1/8" Long

$4.95

Spray of Petite Multi Color Velvet Ivy Leaves ~ Vintage Japan

Spray of Petite Multi Color Velvet Ivy Leaves ~ Vintage Japan

$8.95

Spray of Petite Multi Colored Ombre Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Japan

Spray of Petite Multi Colored Ombre Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Japan

$8.95

Spray of Petite Navy Velvet Ivy Leaves ~ Vintage Japan

Spray of Petite Navy Velvet Ivy Leaves ~ Vintage Japan

$8.95

Spray of Petite Red Wine Ombre Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany

Spray of Petite Red Wine Ombre Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany

$5.95

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Burgundy ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Burgundy ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Butter Cream ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Butter Cream ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Chocolate Brown ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Chocolate Brown ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Mermaid Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Mermaid Green ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Aquamarine ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Aquamarine ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Azalea Pink ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Azalea Pink ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Brown ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Brown ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Darkest Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Darkest Green ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Emerald ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Emerald ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in French Vanilla ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in French Vanilla ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Fuchsia Pink ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Fuchsia Pink ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Grass Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Grass Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Ivory ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Ivory ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Light Blue ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Light Blue ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Light Brown ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Light Brown ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Midnight Blue ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Midnight Blue ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Minty Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Minty Green ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Navy ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Navy ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Pale Pink ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Pale Pink ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Poppy Red ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Poppy Red ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Raspberry ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Raspberry ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Ruby Red ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Ruby Red ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Sage Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Sage Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Silver Grey ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Silver Grey ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Smoke Grey ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Smoke Grey ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Spruce Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Spruce Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Teal Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Teal Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in White ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in White ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

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8 Matte Burgundy Round Glass Beads 18 mm ~ Czech Republic

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8 Matte Green Round Glass Beads 18 mm ~ Czech Republic

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8 Matte Hot Pink Round Glass Beads 18 mm ~ Czech Republic

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8 Matte Light Blue Round Glass Beads 18 mm ~ Czech Republic

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