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. Making Christmas ornaments is a great way to spend some quality time with older children, as they will love making these pretty stars.

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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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.

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.

Fix the thin beading wire to the top of the star.

We wrapped it around the join several times until it stayed in place.

Thread the beading wire between the two wires that make the point of the star below the hook.

Thread it under, then over the wire on the right. bring it over the gap then wrap it once around the wire on the left.

Thread it under the gap then wrap it around the wire on the right.

Thread on a bead making sure it sits nicely in the gap between the points of the star.

Continue to wrap the wire adding beads occasionally.

We alternate between adding the beads to the wire going over the gap then to wire going under the gap.

For this size star we used approx 5 beads per point.

If you have a short length of wire fasten it off be wrapping it around the wire to one side several times.

If you stil have a long piece of wire wrap it around the wire leading up to the top of the next point and continue wrapping from there.

Attach a new length of wire if necessary to the top of the next point, wrap as before and continue adding beads.

Once you have done all five points you are ready to start the center if you want or you can leave the center as it is.

If you have only a little length of beading wire left attach some more as in the photo.

Thread on a bead and pull the thread across the center of the star as in the photo.

Wrap as you did for the points adding beads as you go.

If you run out of beading wire just add some more as you did when making the points.

Work around the center three or four times.

Each central point should have the wire coming from it in two different directions creating a star pattern in the center.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

When making Christmas ornaments of different sizes it's easy to work out how much wire is required.

Each star has 10 sides in our example we made each side 2cm (1") long, we made an extra side for ease of joining the points at the top.

We then added an extra 8cm (3") for the hook, which gave us a total of 30cm (12") of wire.

You can adjust these measurements to make a variation of different sized stars, always allow extra if you are unsure as it's easier to trim it down than to make do with not enough wire.

Try using two different colored beading wires at the same time for a two-tone effect.

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