I’ve been an avid crafter ever since I was a child, so I’ve been fortunate enough to try my hand at several different kinds of techniques, using several different kinds of medium or material. I’ve worked with hard things like wood, soft things like fabric, and moldable things like clay. One of my favourite techniques, however, has always been knitting because I really admire how such beautiful, intricate things an be made out of a mere string. From there, my curiosity was piqued by other yarn and string based crafters like crochet, corking, nail and string art, and basically anything string-based I could think of or come across. Now that I’m a parent, I’m also always on the lookout for simple projects that are easy enough to use to introduce my kids to string based crafts until they’re actually ready to learn how to knit, but preferably ideas that I also like as well. That’s how I came up with these cute little hanging jute string leaves! They’re decorative enough for me to want to scatter around my home, but fun and easy enough to make that my kids can help me.
I’ve always adored following other people’s crafting tutorials when I want to learn how to make something new so, in turn, I also really like making tutorials of my own for other people to follow and try out whenever I have a new idea. These little jute leaves were no exception. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Crafting wire
- Jute twine
- A straw
- Wire cutters
Gather your materials!
Use your straw as a template for making a jewelry link style wire ring that will hold your leaf to its hanging string and give it a little bit of movement. Hold the end of your wire against the side of the straw and wrap its length around the straw’s circumference until you meet back up with your end. Use your wire cutters to trim the excess and then use your fingers to mold the ring’s shape into a proper circle that you’re happy with. Pinch the ring entirely closed when you’re done.