Making Christmas Ornaments

Making Christmas ornaments for your tree is easy with our step by step instructions and photo's.

Homemade Christmas crafts make great presents. Make a set of 4 or 6 ornaments for an unusual gift. They are quite fragile so will need to be wrapped and stored carefully just like traditional glass baubles.

These pretty Christmas stars will look great on any tree. They can be a bit fiddly to start with but once you have made one and seen how it is done they become much easier.

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.

Materials and Equipment

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire 1mm diameter - 1 x 30cm (12") length
  • Thin beading wire
  • Beads
  • Large wooden dowel - broom handle is ideal

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Making Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Bend the wire 2cm (1") from one end.

Continue bending the wire 2cm (1") from the last bend along the length of the wire.

Continue until you have 11 bends.

You should end up with a zig zag pattern. 

One end of the wire should be longer than the other as in the photo.

Hold the wire at the first and last bend and gently work them towards each other.

Keep your wire flat on the table as you do this to keep your star flat.

Bend the short end around the longer end of the wire a couple of times to secure.

Cut off the short end of the wire with wire cutters as close to the longer piece of wire as possible.

Use the pliers to squeeze the end closed so no sharp bits are exposed.

Bend the longer piece of wire around a large dowel rod.

Make a small loop in the end of the wire, grip the end of the wire in the round nose plies near to the bottom (the widest part of the plier).

Gently mold the wire around the pliers until a loop has formed.

Use the flat nose pliers to grip the loop flat between the jaws and gently bend the wire around the loop creating a tight spiral.

Position your hook so it is central to the star.

Mia's Top Tip

We haven't given the length for the thin beading wire as it depends on how closely you wrap it around the star.

You will need to cut off a length to use so you can thread on the beads.

If you have a short length you will be forever joining on new pieces.

If you have a too long a piece it will keep getting tangled.

When making these Christmas ornaments I personally like to work with 50cm (20") lengths of wire so it doesn't get all tangled up. I used approx 2 of these lengths to complete the star in the tutorial. Experiment until you get a good length to work with.

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