Easy Christmas Crafts: Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament
This Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament uses inexpensive beads, simple wire and a short piece of ribbon to add a bit of sparkle to the Christmas decorations.
Take a look at these four similar yet different Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornaments.
The spiral beaded Christmas ornament easily changes depending on the colors, shapes and types of beads used.
The variety is almost endless.
Easy Christmas Crafts: Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament Materials and Tools:
Beads - different sizes and colors with an accent bead for the top end
Wire - 22 gauge 12 inches long (a chenille wire works too)
Ribbon - 1/4 inch wide by 8 to 9 inches long
Needle nose pliers
Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here. I like to buy the inexpensive bulk beads and separate them by colors in small plastic zipper bags.
For this spiral beaded Christmas ornament, I will be using green, red, blue, gold and silver beads repeating along the wire and a pearlescent white bead as the top accent.
The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament:
Measure and cut a 12-inch length of the 22 gauge wire. (Or, use a chenille wire that is 12 inches long.)
With the tip end of the needle nose pliers, make a small loop in one end of the wire.
Crimp the loop closed and twist it to be perpendicular to the rest of the wire.
Select the beads for the wire and line them up in the order to be added to the wire.
The pattern, working from right to left is two green, one red, one gold, one silver, one gold, one blue.
This pattern repeats until the end which has two green and one pearlescent white bead.
The pearlescent bead will be the top of the spiral beaded Christmas ornament.
Thread the first bead on the wire to make sure the end loop in the wire will stop the beads from falling off.
Some beads, such as tri-beads, require a larger loop on the end of the wire.
Add the remaining beads to the wire in the order determined earlier.
Using the tip of the needle nose pliers, make a loop in the wire to hold the beads.
Trim any excess wire.
The Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament is close to being finished.
Measure and cut the 1/4 inch wide ribbon from 8 to 9 inches long.
Thread one end of the ribbon through the loop in the wire.
Pull until the ends are even.
Tie a knot in the ribbon ends to form a loop.
Trim the ends of the ribbon at an angle.
Fold the accent bead up, away from the other beads.
Wrap the remaining beads on the wire into a tight spiral.
Pulling up on the ribbon and accent bead, separate the spirals.
The Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament is finished and hanging on an ornament holder.
The next version of the Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament is made with green, blue, silver, red and gold tri-beads with a clear faceted bead for the top accent.
The pattern in the beads is three green, red, gold, red, three green, blue, silver and blue before repeating.
Focusing on white for the next Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament, the beads included various sizes of white, clear and pearlescent beads.
The next version goes back to reds, greens, blues and silver.
In this Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament, the repeat pattern is two green, red, silver and blue.
The accent is a clear faceted bead at the top.
Using the same steps but different beads, colors, sizes and ribbons, these four finished Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornaments provide different sparkles on the tree.
Inexpensive beads can be found by quantity or by weight in craft shops, discount stores and flea markets.
These small Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornaments can be made quickly and easily using just a few materials and tools.
Both children and adults can enjoy this project.
Young children can help select the beads and the design for ornament while the adults work with the wire and tools.
The Easy Christmas Crafts Spiral Beaded Christmas Ornament can be a tree decoration, added to a wrapped gift or even used at place settings on the dinner table.