These Christmas tree ornaments are quick to make and require just a few materials. It is a project that could be easily done by older children as well.
You will need:
glass beads (one brand calls them “glass E beads” and another “seed beads 6/0”, I just bought the larger of the two sizes offered at Michael’s)
needle nose pliers
wire (20 gauge)
Cut off a length of wire that will be a bit longer than you need to make the coil of your finished Christmas tree plus a few twists at the beginning and the end.
Using the needle nose pliers make a little curlicue that will be both the decoration at the top of the tree and the hanger attachment.
Begin stringing the beads along the wire. You could do it in a repeating pattern of colors or randomly as I did.
You are now ready to begin coiling your tree shape when you have about 2/3 of the wire filled.
Just begin to twist it with your fingers in gradually larger circles. You don’t need to fiddle with it a lot at this point; just determine how much larger you are going to want to make your tree. You will adjust the coils to be more aesthetically pleasing at the end.
Once you’ve reached your ornaments desired size cut off the extra wire, leaving just a bit to bend into a curlicue to hold the beads on the wire.
Now begin adjusting your coils. Are you aiming for the perfect shape or a touch of whimsy?
Repeat the process to make as many trees in as many color combinations as you would like.
Add the style hanger of your choice. I chose to use candle wick yarn for a simple hanger as I felt my usual beaded hanger would detract from the tree ornament itself.
Hang up your ornaments! You may find that any photo sessions you may wish to have with your new ornaments are more easily had without inquisitive 2 year olds in the room.
It might get a bit misshapen but the ornament does hold up fairly well to toddler abuse.
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- Handmade Bird Ornament 2012 (folkhaven.wordpress.com)
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