These easy wood bead ornaments were so simple and fun to put together. With just two items, you can create and customize some of these beautiful ornaments for your own home.
Wood bead ornaments are quite the popular item this year. I keep seeing them pop up all over the internet this season. And I have to say, I’m not mad about it.
I absolutely love the wood bead garlands that rose in popularity a number of years ago. So much so, that I actually made some for myself a few years back. You can see how easy that was here. After I made the garlands, I snagged a few containers of wooden beads on sale at Michael’s. Sadly, though, they were shoved into a drawer in my craft closet and never put to good use…
When these wood bead ornaments started showing up everywhere, I knew I just had to jump on the trend.
And let me tell you friends, this is one of the easiest DIYs I’ve ever done, and I am loving the way they turned out!
I was feeling a very strong pull towards simplicity this holiday season. I think the year 2020 has done that to a lot of us. Even though there has been a lot of struggle and ugliness this past year, there has also been beauty and goodness. And it has provided new perspective on so many things.
Personally, I have been relishing the slower pace, fewer demands, and simpler schedule. Maybe that’s why I felt drawn towards simplicity this Christmas.
I purposely tried to decorate in a simplistic, more minimal style this season, and I am really enjoying it. And these wood beads fit right in to this simple decor.
Let me show you how easy they are to make.
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Easy Wood Bead Ornaments
Step 1 – Determine arrangement
I had a couple of containers of wood beads on hand. They contained various different sizes, colors, and even shapes of beads.
I also had this hemp cording on hand, leftover from when I created the bead garlands.
So, the first thing I did was figure out how I wanted to arrange the beads before actually threading them. I just laid them out on the table and moved beads around until I came up with something that I liked.
Step 2 – String the beads
Once you have determined your arrangement, simply thread the beads onto your string or cord.
Step 3 – Tie off at Bottom
Be sure to leave plenty of string at the bottom and put a simple knot under the bottom-most bead.
Step 4 – Tie off the Top Loop
Make sure you leave enough string at the top to create a loop that will slide easily over a Christmas tree branch.
Then, put an overhand loop knot as close to the top-most bead as possible.
For an overhand loop knot, create your loop in the string and pinch both ends together near the top-most bead. Then, take the entire loop, and create a simple knot as close to the top-most bead as you can. Don’t sweat it if there’s a bit of room between the top bead and the knot. It won’t be a problem at all.
Step 5 – Cut off Excess String
The last step is to cut off any excess string.
I cut off as much excess as possible at the top knot, but I left a bit of string hanging at the bottom.
(The first one I made, I cut off all excess string at the bottom, and it just didn’t look quite right to me. So, I chose to leave a bit hanging at the bottom.)
Step 6 – Hang Them Up
All that’s left now is to hang them up, and enjoy!
I love the way the light colors of the beads pop against the dark branches of the tree.
The great thing about these easy wood bead ornaments is that they are totally customizable. Create your own pattern, use whatever color string you want, add ribbon, add tassels, etc. etc. Just have fun with them!
These would also make a lovely, and easy, DIY gift for someone.
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