A beaded Christmas tree is a great choice if you love anything that sparkles and shines..
A Tree That Sparkles and Shines
Whether you're an avid jewelry maker, or simply someone who enjoys looking at colorful beads, it's easy to decorate your Christmas tree with beaded ornaments and beaded garland.
Beaded ornaments are a lovely addition to your Christmas tree, but you don't need to be a master crafter to create your own one-of-a-kind decorations. Here are a few simple projects that even a beginner can complete:
- Make a dangling beaded ornament by stringing the beads of your choice onto a headpin. Use pliers to make a loop at the top. Tie a ribbon bow onto the ornament for hanging.
- Fill clear glass ball ornaments with an assortment of beads and charms. Simply unscrew the top of the ornament, then dump in the items. If you don't have enough beads to fill the entire ornament, try using glitter and rolled strips of pretty wrapping paper to help round out the design.
- Make beaded snowflakes by stringing clear, white, and silver beads of various sizes onto a wire star form. Christmas Projects has a great illustration of how to make this pretty ornament for your tree.
- If you have children who are eager to help decorate the tree, put them to work stringing red and white beads onto chenille stems. Bend the stems at the top to make simple candy cane ornaments.
If you don't want to go through the trouble of making new ornaments, try making beaded ornament hooks to hang some of your current Christmas decorations. With 18 gauge wire and a small assortment of beads, you can make all the hooks you need in just one afternoon.
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To make a beaded garland for your tree, simply string beads onto a long piece of craft wire. Since this project will require a large amount of beads, it's a good idea to look for sales or coupons at your local craft store before making your purchase. Generally, beads made from wood or plastic will be cheaper than glass beads. Pony beads or beads purchased in the children's craft section are quite affordable as well. You can use these inexpensive beads to make your entire garland, or alternate them with more ornate beads to help keep the overall cost of the project under control.
Make a Beaded Christmas Tree
If you live in a small apartment, or simply don't have the space for a full-size Christmas tree, try making a small beaded Christmas tree to add a touch of holiday cheer to your surroundings. Tiny beaded trees also make great centerpieces for a Christmas party or thoughtful handmade gifts for family and friends.
All Crafts has a great tutorial that describes how to make a small beaded Christmas tree using safety pins and assorted faceted beads. You can make the tree in traditional green and red, or go for silver and white for a more contemporary look.
Buying Beaded Christmas Decorations
Although making your own beaded Christmas decorations isn't difficult, those who wish to purchase their holiday décor may want to check out the following resources;
- Etsy has a fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments.
- The Literacy Site offers unique Christmas ornaments, plus the chance to make sure your purchase helps those who are less fortunate. Every ornament you buy helps to provide funding for efforts to bring books to children in low-income families.
- One World Projects, a store dedicated to providing socially and environmental responsible gifts, sells beaded ornaments made by artisans from Guatemala.
Many communities also have holiday craft shows in October and November that provide a wonderful resource for those in search of special handmade Christmas decorations.