Metal leaf is a fast and easy way to add shine to a project, and we love the way it looks on the natural wood of these beads. Use a foam wreath form, plain ribbon, and a collection of geometric wood beads to create a gorgeous modern centerpiece that's perfect for a holiday celebration.
What You'll Need
- Foam wreath form
- Geometric wood beads (large and small)
- Gold leafing
- Silver leafing
- Metal leaf adhesive
- Hot glue
- Faux pillar candles (assorted sizes)
Step 1: Wrap wreath form
Hot glue is the easiest method of attaching the wood beads to the wreath form. Since hot glue doesn't adhere to foam, we wrapped our wreath in ribbon before we started gluing. Choose a neutral color of ribbon in case any small areas peek through the beads.
Step 2: Metal leaf the beads
We used a combination of gold and silver leaf on half of our wood beads to give this centerpiece sparkle and shine. Start by separating the beads you aren't going to gold leaf; set aside. Take a small number of the remaining beads and lightly coat with metal leaf spray adhesive, following the instructions on the packaging. Press a small amount of gold or silver leaf onto the sticky surface and brush with a dry brush; let dry. This process works best in smaller batches of 10 or 15 beads at one time.
Step 3: Glue large beads
When all the metallic beads are dry, start gluing the large beads onto the wreath form; remember to alternate between the metallic beads and the plain beads. Glue the large beads all the way around the wreath form, covering as much surface area as you can. You'll fill in later with the small beads, so don't worry about filling in all the small gaps.
Step 4: Fill in with small beads
When the wreath form is completely covered with large beads, fill in any gaps with the small beads. Pay special attention to areas where the ribbon shows through. If you're filling the center completely full of candles, you don't have to glue beads all the way to the bottom on the inside of the form. If you're planning a candle arrangement that doesn't touch the sides of the wreath, you'll want to make sure the ribbon is covered from all angles. To avoid a risk of fire, use faux pillar candles in this arrangement.