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Craft: Beaded Candy Cane Kit

I bought this kit last year, really cheap:

And then I forgot to take a picture of the pieces in progress. Oops.
The kit came with a bunch of red and clear glass beads, a long piece of wire and some silver thread, I suppose for making ornament loops. 

The instructions were slightly confusing, but boiled down to:  Cut two long pieces of wire.Thread one with red beads and one with clear.Fold them in half and twist together at the half-way point.Twist all the way along so it looks pretty.Use pliers to bend the ends of the wire under.Bend into cane shape.
So I made a bunch of canes:

And they were fun to make, but they actually look kind of tiny and lame on the tree:

And then I thought, I have all these beads and wire left over. So I cut two really long pieces of wire, and added beads and twisted them together as though I were making a giant, ill-proportioned candy cane. Only this time I left some wire on each side and added jump rings to one side and a clasp to the other:
Which means now I …

Make Your Own Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

Okay, I think we can all agree that Hallmark makes some cool Christmas ornaments. If you don't agree with this statement, then you probably haven't been to a Hallmark store in a while, which really isn't something you need to be embarrassed about (in fact, it's a sign of good character).

But, like it or not, Hallmark produces some extremely awesome pop-culture ornaments. Unfortunately, they charge a crap load of money for the things. We're talking $17 for the "cheap" ones and $35 if you want something with lights and music.

Or you could make your own, in just three easy steps.

1. Go to Toys R Us (or Walmart, Target, or any other large, corporate owned superstore) and buy some toys. It doesn't really matter what you buy, so long as it's small, from a recognizable property, and isn't too expensive.

Here are several examples I found lying around my apartment.

You don't have to worry about being consistent in terms of style, size, or anything …