I think buckeyes are really pretty, and I got an idea to make them into a garland for my fireplace mantel. I got 50 jumbo buckeyes from a gentleman selling them on eBay, used mono filament for string (it’s in the jewelry section at the crafts store), and in between each of the buckeyes, I strung on four 4mm silver beads. In the picture below, I also show some tiny blue beads, but they were too small to be threaded on with the needle (regular sewing needle) I used.
This project was so easy! Av took the buckeyes, and with a very small drill bit, just drilled a hole right through each of them. I threaded a line of mono filament onto a regular sewing needle, slipped it through a buckeye, then four silver beads went on, then another buckeye, etc. until they were all on! To make the garland look ‘finished’, I just secured each end of the garland with ribbon, and tied each of those ends into a bow. The whole project was was super-simple and took maybe 45 minutes to complete.