Sunday, April 14, 2013

Brad Berries

I have two posts of brads (including today's), and then I'm moving on to inspiration from a magazine. Lately, I've not been feeling very inspired by magazines, which isn't necessarily a commentary on magazines or the cards published therein so much as on my ability to be inspired. But I recently found three sources of inspiration in a single magazine, and I'll share those after tomorrow.

For today, we're looking at brads a little differently...not as card embellishments, but as berries on Christmas ornaments. You sure can use up a LOT of brads this way!!!!

These ornaments were made with the following supplies:

  • purple Marvy scallop circle punch
  • pink Marvy circle punch
  • dimensionals
  • craft thread
  • Memento Bahama blue and cottage ivy
  • brads, 12 each
  • Papertrey Ink's A Wreath for All Seasons stamp set

One thing I love about using brads here is the weight they add to the ornaments. Paper ornaments tend to be very light and fluttery, but these are slightly heavier and hang nicely.

While these are rather obvious to construct, I attached the thread loops between the dimensional and the scallop circle by knotting the two ends together and placing said knot below the dimensional for added stability. It will be hard to pull the knot between the paper and the dimensional, but it might be easy for the two loose ends to pull through.

These would make extra special gift tags or small gifts at Christmas. They are easy, quick, and like I said above, consume lots of brads!


  1. I never thought to add brads to that wreath. Thanks for the Christmas gift idea!!

  2. Great idea! Any ideas using eyelets - after your magazine inspiration feature. ;-)

  3. Simplicity itself!! Gosh, I wish I'd thought of this :) I think both wreaths look super - I can see them hanging on my tree - might "borrow" this idea!

  4. You've inspired so many of us with your creations that use brads in a new way. Could be that you've started a new trend! These ornaments are cool. I'm going to use your idea, if you don't mind, and make these with the little grandkids who love doing projects with grandma. You're the best! Bev

  5. Lovely with the 3 clusters each of 3 and 1.

  6. Very cool idea! I like this a lot :)

  7. Fabulous idea!! I'll be copying it to use up some of my brads! I use gemstones as berries, but would never have made the mental leap to use brads instead!

  8. What a brilliant idea, love how you get to use 12 brads per ornament by making them into a little bunch of berries! Thanks so much for your visit and kind words ... Anita :)

  9. I never thought to use brads for the berries with that stamp! Thank you for the idea to use up my brad stash!!

  10. Yay for brads! ;-) You may start a one-woman comeback. I will be there to support you all the way. I still like 'em, but I also like culottes, so what do I know....


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