Today let’s talk about DIY Christmas ornaments to make with wood beads. They make great homemade gifts for Christmas and look cute tied onto packages too!
Wood beads on a Christmas tree give it a natural look that complements any decor. Perfect for your farmhouse Christmas style.
So today we’re going to look at six different designs you can make with the same set of wood beads. And really all you’ll need is a few other supplies including wire, twine, and scissors.
Have you ever wondered if you could make natural wood beads yourself? I’ve always been a fan of the show “How Things Are Made” so this was a question that popped into my head while writing out this post.
I always order mine from Amazon, however, if you’re up for making some by hand, here wikihow.com explains how to do it.
A pretty simple but time-consuming process. But they’d definitely be one of a kind!
However, it’s much easier to order them in bulk especially if you’re making a bunch of ornaments to gift to family and friends. Or to decorate your own Christmas tree.
Now let’s get to it and DIY these wood bead Christmas ornaments.
Supplies for DIY Wood Bead Ornaments
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I have a few different wood bead sets that I found on Amazon linked below, just to give you a few different options for how many beads you may want to order.
#1 Simple Wood Bead Ornament #1
You’ll need one 20 mm bead, two 16 mm beads, and two 14 mm beads for this ornament.
First cut 20 inches of jute twine and fold it in half as in the picture. The 20 inches gives you a little more room to tie the knots more easily.
Use a tiny piece of scotch tape to tape the ends together.
Then begin stringing your beads starting with the 14 mm wood bead, then 16 mm, 20 mm, 16 mm, and 14 mm again.
Tie a double knot at the top of your string, leaving enough jute twine for easy hanging on your Christmas tree.
Then tie another double knot toward the bottom of the string right below your last wood bead.
This keeps your beads from falling off your string! 😉
Trim the excess and you’re all done with this simple and natural wood bead ornament.
#2 Homemade Wood Bead Christmas Ornament
You will need four 10 mm beads, two 16 mm beads, and one 20 mm bead for this ornament.
First cut 20 inches of your jute twine and fold it in half, just like the previous ornament.
Next, use the tape to secure the end and begin stringing your beads.
String your beads from bottom to top in the following pattern.
10 mm, 10 mm, 16 mm, 20 mm, 16 mm, 10 mm and 10 mm.
Tie your double knot at the top first to make your loop for hanging.
Then tie your bottom double knot to secure the beads from falling off the twine.
Trim the end of the jute twine and you’re all done with this easy Christmas wooden bead ornament.
#3 Wood Bead Icicle Ornament
You will need two 8 mm beads, two 10 mm beads, one 12 mm, one 14 mm, one 16 mm, and one 20 mm bead for this ornament.
Cut 20 inches of your jute twine and fold it in half.
Next, tape the ends together and begin stringing your beads in this pattern.
10 mm, 20 mm, 16 mm, 14 mm, 12 mm, 10 mm, 8 mm, 8 mm.
Tie your double knot at the top for the hanging piece (alternatively you can do this first and then string your beads).
And then tie your double knot at the bottom where your last bead is.
Trim your excess twine and you are finished with this cute wood bead icicle ornament.
I thought this one also looked somewhat like a caterpillar. 😉
#4 Small Wood Bead Snowman Ornament
You will need three 20 mm wood beads for this snowman Christmas ornament. You’ll also need the ultra-fine sharpie and ribbon (optional).
Cut 20 inches of jute twine and fold it in half.
Tape the end of your string. Then string your three 20 mm wood beads.
Tie a triple knot at the top and bottom to keep them on the string.
I used a triple knot for this ornament as the 20 mm beads have a bigger hole.
Trim the excess jute twine and then draw a cute little snowman face using your ultra-fine sharpie!
Alternatively, you can tie a piece of ribbon (this is the thicker 16 mm ribbon) around the neck of your snowman to add a little more detail.
You will need about 5 inches of the farmhouse-style ribbon for your snowman scarf!
For just one more option, here he is styling the thinner 9 mm ribbon. 🙂
#5 Wreath Wood Bead Christmas Ornament
You will need fifteen 12 mm beads for this Christmas ornament.
First cut 26 inches of your brown wire and fold it in half.
String your fifteen 12 mm wood beads onto your doubled brown wire as shown.
Shape the beads into a circle.
Stick the loose wire ends through the loop in the wire at the other end.
Then wrap the wire around and around to secure the wood beads.
The wood bead ornament so far should look something like this.
Now cut about 20 inches of jute twine and wrap it around and around the wire to hide it.
Tie the ends in a knot to secure the jute twine to the ornament.
Tie another knot to make a hanging loop for your circle wood bead ornament and you’re all done!
Optionally, you can add some ribbon to the top of this circular ornament. This is the thicker 16 mm ribbon.
First, measure out about 15 inches of ribbon. Then tie the ribbon around the place where we had previously wrapped the wire.
Next, make a bow with the farmhouse-style ribbon.
Then simply trim the ends of the ribbon and this wood bead wreath ornament is complete with a ribbon at the top!
For one more different option, here is a picture of the thinner 9 mm ribbon on the circle wood bead ornament.
#6 Large Snowman Wood Bead Ornament
You will need twenty-four 10 mm wood bead ornaments for this snowman.
Cut 54 inches of your brown wire and fold it in half.
First, place ten 10 mm beads on the brown floral wire and form them into a circle.
Make sure the wire ends are even and twist the wire twice to secure the beads. This will be the base of the snowman ornament.
Next place four 10 mm wood beads on each side of the wire.
A total of eight wood beads are needed for the middle portion of the snowman.
Form it into a circle and twist the wire a few times to secure it.
This is the middle of the snowman.
Next place three 10 mm wood beads on each side of the wire and twist to secure. This will create the snowman head.
Now your snowman should have three parts, the head, middle, and bottom.
Fold the wire over (as shown in the picture) to create a base for the brim of the hat.
We’re going to have to get a little creative to make this snowman hat.
Then twist the wire around and around to make the brim more stable.
Next, fold the remaining ends of the wire to create the top portion of your hat.
Next, take your jute twine and cut 8 inches in length.
Knot it at the top of your hat.
Then tie another knot at the top to secure your loop for hanging on the Christmas tree.
You can also add a scarf to this snowman ornament. I used about 6 inches of the thinner 9 mm ribbon and tied it twice around this fella’s neck. It adds a nice touch to complete your ornament!
Final Thoughts on Wood Bead Homemade Ornament Ideas
Now, which of the 6 wood bead ornaments was your favorite? The first few are very simple, and the last few are a little more complex to create.
But the absolute best part is that you can make a variety of ornaments by using just one set of wood beads!
They don’t take long to make and really you only need a few other supplies such as jute twine, wire, ribbon, and scissors.
They can be crafted with or without the ribbons. But if you want to style them up a bit more, you can pick which ribbon (the thinner or thicker option) suits you best for these simple wood bead ornaments.
They make great homemade ornaments for family and friends and will look cute tied to the top of your Christmas gifts!
So, grab yourself a set of wood beads in a variety of sizes and get your DIY on making these homemade Christmas ornaments!
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