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DIY Unique Christmas Ornament: Beaded Ball Pattern

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Unique, beautiful, simple handmade Christmas ornaments.

Unique, beautiful, simple handmade Christmas ornaments.

The basic round Christmas ornament is one of the most common-shaped ornaments you can find. But that doesn’t mean that they are in any way boring, especially if you make one of these unique variations.

Here is a bead-craft pattern for a homemade ball ornament that will glow as the lights from the Christmas tree shine through the beads. This pattern is inexpensive and simple to create, making it a fun family or group activity. These make nice gifts to give or to keep for your own collection.

First, select the colors you would like to use for your ornament. You will need to select a primary color, a secondary color, and then some clear beads for this ornament ball. For the one I’m making here, I have selected green as my primary color and yellow as my secondary color.

Gather your tools and materials

Gather your tools and materials

Necessary Materials:

  • 3 Pipe cleaner craft stems
  • 26–8mm Faceted Beads of one color that will be the main color of the ornament (mine are green)
  • 6–8mm Faceted Beads of another color that will be the middle accent color (mine are yellow)
  • 15–clear/crystal 18mm Starflake Beads (clear)
  • 13 clear/crystal 6mm Faceted Beads (clear)
  • Two 12” strands and one 7” strand of thread or clear nylon thread
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Multi-purpose glue

Note: These materials are enough to make one Christmas ball pattern.

Use the images provided as a guide to help with each step in creating this cute little ornament.

Instructions

1. Create Your Pipe-Cleaner Frame

To begin this bead craft pattern take the three craft stems and lay them side by side with the ends even with each other. Tie the three craft stems together in the center with one of the 12” strands of thread.

2. Secure Your Framework

Spread the craft stems to look like a six-pointed star and wrap the thread between each of the spaces; securing the stems with tight knots in order to keep this star formation.

Clip off the remaining thread ends.

Tie three pipe-cleaners together in the center.

Tie three pipe-cleaners together in the center.

3. Decorate With Beads

Feed beads onto each of the six stems of this Christmas ball pattern in this sequence:

  • One 6mm clear faceted bead
  • Two of the main colored 8mm faceted beads (mine will be green)
  • One clear starflake bead
  • One of the opposite-colored 8mm faceted beads (mine will be the yellow)
  • One clear starflake bead
  • Two of the main colored 8mm faceted beads (mine will be green)
  • One 6mm clear faceted bead
Using the instructions, place beads in order on each section.

Using the instructions, place beads in order on each section.

4. Secure the Beads

Once all six stems have been beaded, take the six stems and fold them downward to meet together.

With the other 12” strand of thread, tie the six stems together securely at the ends of the beads.

Wrap the thread around the stems again and tightly tie again.

Pull the ends of the stems in the opposite direction from the ornament in order to tighten the formation of the beaded ornament.

Clip off the remaining thread/wire ends.

Bring beaded strands together and tie them together near the beads.

Bring beaded strands together and tie them together near the beads.

5. Shape Your Ornament

Of the six stems, take five of them and bend them outward, leaving one remaining stem in the center. Squeeze and shape the ornament until it takes more of a round Christmas ornament form.

Using wire cutters or scissors cut the five stems closely to the knots, leaving the center stem in place. Keep these cut stems near by as you will use one later.

Cut off five of the strands. Leave one remaining.

Cut off five of the strands. Leave one remaining.

6. Place and Secure Last Beads

On the one remaining stem, feed on two clear starflake beads.

Add a bit of glue on the stem just above the starflakes then feed on one of the main colored 8mm faceted beads (mine being green).

Be sure that last bead is glued securely in place then clip off the remaining excess stem.

Follow the instructions for glue and bead placement on remaining strand.

Follow the instructions for glue and bead placement on remaining strand.

With the final glue and beads in place on the last strand, snip off the remaining portion of pipe cleaner.

With the final glue and beads in place on the last strand, snip off the remaining portion of pipe cleaner.

7. Secure Stem

Take one of the previously clipped stems and bend a hook shape about ½” from the end.

Feed the hook through the opposite end of the Christmas ball pattern so that it hooks through the stems on the rounded end.

Once the hook is in place, twist the shorter end of the hook tightly around the longer end of the stem to secure it in place.

Shape a hook from one of the scrap pipe cleaner portions.

Shape a hook from one of the scrap pipe cleaner portions.

Feed the hood through the rounded end of the ornament.

Feed the hood through the rounded end of the ornament.

8. Create a Hanging Loop for the Ornament

On the newly added strand, feed on one clear starflake bead and one of your main colored 8mm faceted bead (mine being green).

Tie a 7” strand of thread to form a loop and lay it onto the stem close to the last applied bead. Place a bit of glue onto the stem just above the last bead and onto the thread.

Feed one 6mm clear faceted bead through the thread and then onto the stem. The thread should now come out on the top of the ornament.

Be sure the end bead is glued securely in place. Now we complete our simple handmade Christmas ornaments by clipping off the remaining excess stem.

Following the instructions, add beads, a loop of string, and glue on the newly added strand.

Following the instructions, add beads, a loop of string, and glue on the newly added strand.

With the last items in place, snip the remaining portion of pipe cleaner.

With the last items in place, snip the remaining portion of pipe cleaner.

The beaded ornament ball is now complete!

The beaded ornament ball is now complete!

© 2012 Mary Roark

Comments

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on January 25, 2013:

Thank you unknown spy. I love beads. I probably have more than I'll ever need around here. But finding ways to get creative with them is so much fun!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on January 25, 2013:

amazing and very beautiful! i love the creativity in this hub. i used to buy lots of bead and nylon then form it into necklaces or bracelets then give it as gifts to friends.

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on December 26, 2012:

Hi Millionaire Tips. I'm pretty fond of how these bead ornaments look on my tree. Thank you so much for visiting!

Shasta Matova from USA on December 22, 2012:

These are really beautiful Christmas ornaments. I am sure they look fabulous with the twinkling lights on the tree. Voted up.

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on November 22, 2012:

Thank you very much Prasetio.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 21, 2012:

Beautiful Christmas ornament. You are very creative and thanks for share with us. It makes the Christmas celebration more colorful. Voted up!

Prasetio

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