Six different diy ornaments to create with wood beads

Wood Bead Ornaments DIY

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.

Six wood bead Christmas ornaments perfect for gifting to friends and family.

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.

Supplies including wood beads, twine, brown floral wire, tape, scissors and ribbon.

#1 Simple Wood Bead Ornament

Five wood beads and jute twine string

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.

End of jute twine string taped at end

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.

Wood beads on jute twine with knot at top to make loop

Tie a double knot at the top of your string, leaving enough jute twine for easy hanging on your Christmas tree.

Tie twine in double knot at bottom of last wood bead

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! πŸ˜‰

Trim excess twine and finish ornament

Trim the excess and you’re all done with this simple and natural wood bead ornament.

#2 Homemade Wood Bead Christmas Ornament

Seven wood beads and jute twine string

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.

String wood beads in pattern onto jute twine

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 a double knot at the top and bottom of the beads, leaving a loop for hanging

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 excess twine and finish wood bead ornament

Trim the end of the jute twine and you’re all done with this easy Christmas wooden bead ornament.

#3 Wood Bead Icicle Ornament

Eight wood beads, jute twine and scissors

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.

String wood beads onto jute twine in pattern described in text

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 a double knot at the top and bottom of the string of wood beads

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 excess twine and your ornament is finished

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. πŸ˜‰

#4 Small Wood Bead Snowman Ornament

Three wood beads, twine, ribbon and ultra-fine sharpie

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.

Place three 20 mm wood beads on string and secure with double knots

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.

Draw snowman face on with the ultra-fine sharpie.

Trim the excess jute twine and then draw a cute little snowman face using your ultra-fine sharpie!

Tie a ribbon between the first and second wood beads to make a scarf.

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!

Snowman with thinner 9 mm ribbon

For just one more option, here he is styling the thinner 9 mm ribbon. πŸ™‚

#5 Wreath Wood Bead Christmas Ornament

Jute twine, brown wire, and fifteen wood beads

You will need fifteen 12 mm beads for this Christmas ornament.

First cut 26 inches of your brown wire and fold it in half.

Fold wire in half, and string wood beads onto wire

String your fifteen 12 mm wood beads onto your doubled brown wire as shown.

Shape wire into a circle and place ends of wire through loop at other end

Shape the beads into a circle.

Stick the loose wire ends through the loop in the wire at the other end.

Wrap your wire ends around and around to secure your wood beads

Then wrap the wire around and around to secure the wood beads.

Circular wood bead ornament secured by brown wire

The wood bead ornament so far should look something like this.

Now wrap jute twine around the wire to hide it and tie the twine in a knot.

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 the ends of the jute twine to make your loop for hanging

Tie another knot to make a hanging loop for your circle wood bead ornament and you’re all done!

Tie the ribbon around the wire part of the ornament

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.

Tie the ribbon into a bow.

Next, make a bow with the farmhouse-style ribbon.

Trim the excess ribbon from the bow on your circle ornament

Then simply trim the ends of the ribbon and this wood bead wreath ornament is complete with a ribbon at the top!

Circular ornament styled with the thinner 9 mm ribbon

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

Twenty-four wood beads, brown wire, jute twine and scissors

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.

Place ten beads onto the wire and then form into a circle. Twist the wire twice to secure the circle.

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 4 wood beads on each end of the wire (a total of 8 for the middle part of the snowman)

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.

Twist the wire at the top to complete 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.

Place three wood beads on each end of the wire. A total of six for the snowman head.

Next place three 10 mm wood beads on each side of the wire and twist to secure. This will create the snowman head.

Now the head, middle and bottom of the snowman are completed.

Now your snowman should have three parts, the head, middle, and bottom.

Now use excess wire to make a hat. Fold the wire over to make the hat brim

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.

Twist the wire around and around to stabilize the hat brim.

Then twist the wire around and around to make the brim more stable.

Now twist the wire to create the top portion of the snowman hat.

Next, fold the remaining ends of the wire to create the top portion of your hat.

Tie a piece of jute twine to the top of the hat. Then tie another knot to make a loop for hanging.

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.

Larger snowman ornament styled with the thinner ribbon as a scarf

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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