Got crafty with some friends recently, with some brunch for me and beads for the tree. Since I can't work on empty, we started off with classic mimosas, apple cider, and this fantastic recipe from Bran Appetit:
It can be layered the night before, making it perfect for early events. Just make sure the dish is wide and shallow for even cooking- I've made that mistake, and cereal is downright depressing if you were waiting on this. Even Fruit Loops.
Then we got to work and made three unique charms, with each of us putting our own flair into the piece. Just like in group painting classes, it's so neat to see the different styles that emerge from the same materials and instruction.
We used 24 gauge wire, like this tutorial from Busy Creating Memories:
I was surprised that the beads were placed together at the beginning the first time I made this craft, years ago when I was making Mother's Day necklaces for my mother and mother-in-law. I like my necklace nests messy and twisty, and I used the pliers to gently pull and turn the wire as I folded lengths into the piece.
When our fun was over and the males were allowed back in, I kept at it, since the beads were out and organized. And since the finished charm looks made to go on a tree!
From here, after pulling and knotting and adding wire, I got this lovely little nest.
(And this one!)
(And another, to put with a gift card for a cousin on my list.)
It's another really satisfying craft that can be put down and picked up again, and the finished product is greater than the sum of its parts.