Make your own Christmas decorations page 2 is the last page in a series of instructions on how to make tree ornaments from wire and beads.
This project is a great way to spend some quality time with older children, as they will love making these pretty ornaments. They are a bit fiddly but are definitely worth the effort.
A set of 4 or 6 of these ornaments would make a lovely gift for someone special.
When making Christmas ornaments for family or friends think about the color schemes they use at Christmas. Traditional colours are red, green or gold but some people prefer whites or purples.
This is the second page in the series. If you would like to start from the beginning, you can find the first page of instructions at make your own Christmas decorations.
Slide on one bead.
Slide the wire through the central loop of one end of the spiral cage.
Poke the wire out of the cage about halfway through.
Thread on the beads you chose for center.
Pull the central wire out just enough to be able to thread it through the central loop at the other end of the cage.
Slide the central wire back through until the loop is tight against the cage.
Bend the central wire over at a 900angle.
Using a large dowel, we use an old broom handle.
Bend the wire to form a nice curve.
Position the curve so it sits in the center above the cage.
Make a loop at the end of the curved wire.
Adjust the spiral and the beads on the cage.
You can use a small drop of super glue to hold the beads in place if you prefer.
You can make these ornaments in a range of different sizes and colors.
Try hanging a few brightly coloured ones from a lampshade for an instant chandelier.
The light will catch any silver and gold beads adding a sparkle to your living room.
Try using different shaped beads for the center to produce different shapes.
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