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Handmade Holiday – DIY Beaded Star Ornament

Posted by Dani on November 24, 2014

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!
I have Christmas on my mind these days.

It’s a little early for me. Usually I don’t really start thinking about the holidays until either the snow hits or December 1st arrives – whichever comes last. But this year, I’m already in the holiday mood.

We’ve had our first snowstorm, and my Christmas-loving youngest is already playing the holiday tunes. She’s a die-hard Christmas fan, and her countdown phone app is telling us we only have 30 days left. She had a little school break recently, so we decided to spend some time hanging out and making some handmade presents. You may know that we have a tradition in our family of exchanging handmade gifts at Christmas. This started years ago as a way to cut back on the seasonal excess (didn’t work), and we’ve kept up with it just for fun. And some of our handmade gifts over the years have been the best.

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!

Isabel has been knitting away, and I decided to pull out my old beads and make a few ornaments. I have a bit of an ornament “thing,” and I’ve collected hundreds over the years. My collection started with 4 special ornaments that my sister Nadia gave me when I first moved out, and I’ve bought or made some each year since. I think a tree can never have too many ornaments, and the fact that we have to tie our tree to a door to keep it upright gives you an idea of how full it can get.

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!

I’ve made a few like this over the years. It’s an easy technique. Basically, you string some beads on a wire, and bend the wire into whatever shape you like. I’ve made daisy shapes and initial shapes, and I thought this time I would make a little star.

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!

I used beads I already had, and 20 gauge tinned copper wire. You can always string your beads randomly, but I like to create a pattern and repeat it. You can see the pattern here, where the 2 blue beads mark the center and each end of a point of the star. I repeated this pattern 5 times, bent it where the blue beads were, and my star was done. Easy!

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!

This is a great craft to do with kids. Just have them string their favourite beads, and bend into an ornament shape when they’re done. The wire is easy to work with, and very forgiving.

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!

This ornament will be a gift, because who doesn’t love receiving ornaments at Christmas? It’s part of the Canadian Handmade Holiday blog hop, where a talented group of bloggers are creating handmade gifts under $25. This is an awesome event, and you’ll want to make sure to check out all the other great posts. Just follow the hashtag #CDNHandmadeHoliday. I’ve seen a few sneak peeks, and I’ll be adding some of these projects to my gift list for sure.

Looking for other great Christmas projects? Have a look at our Easy Feather Boa Ornaments, our Gold Dipped Log Candle Holders, or maybe this favourite – The Easiest Christmas Craft – Maybe Ever!

DIY Beaded Star Ornament via http://lifeovereasy.com/ - an easy and inexpensive craft, perfect for holiday gift giving!

 

 

 

19 Responses to “Handmade Holiday – DIY Beaded Star Ornament”

  1. Jo-Anna says:

    LOVE this Dani! So simple and so pretty! We have so many beads around here and now I know what we will be making over the Christmas break! Even the kids can make some!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Jo-Anna! More “easy’ is just what we need this time of year, right? These are easy for the kids to make – even wonky beaded ornaments look adorable! I have some great ones from years past that I love.

  2. Thea says:

    I love working with beads! I also can’t believe how easy this craft is to make but how stunning the end result is! These would be so much fun to make and give as gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Tara says:

    Dani – this is GORGEOUS! I love the simplicity and the colours you chose. So lovely!

  4. Sweet ornament. I think Ruby would love to make some, they look like they were really pricy!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Virginia! The first one of these I ever made was when my girls were really young, and we used cheap plastic beads. It still looked really pretty!

  5. It’s my favourite kind of gift to get, a beautifully handmade ornament. This one would be a huge hit! I absolutely adore the colours! So soft and pretty! I love that this is so doable! I am going to try and make all of my gifts this year… I’ll have to give this one a go. Love it!

  6. You hit it out of the park, yet again! These are so pretty and easy to make. I used to make jewelery and have a ton of beads hanging around – I will have to get busy and make some of these myself! Great to put on gifts along with the tag! Pinned!

  7. Jen says:

    Love the colours you chose for the star. Beautiful.

  8. mama lola says:

    ooohhh…. so lovely. had to pin this, hoping to make some myself! thanks for sharing! xoxo

  9. That is so pretty Dani! I love the colors you used!

  10. Lovely! So simple and beautiful 🙂

  11. Love it. So simple and beautiful 🙂

  12. So sweet and even non-crafty me could do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Oh wow – so beautiful! LOVE its simplicity.

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