How to Make a Christmas Wreath Ornament from Wooden Beads

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No one does the festive season better than they do in Northern Europe. The Scandinavian Christmas is natural, warm and full of simple decorative traditions. Get your own taste of a Nordic holiday with these mini beaded wreath tree ornaments. They are both super easy and very quick to make. Team up with bright white fairy lights and you’ll have mastered the minimalist decorative style before you know it!

(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)

Things You'll Need

  • Natural wooden beads (1/2 inch diameter)
  • Bracelet memory wire
  • Memory wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Cotton cord
(Image: Francesca Stone)

Tip

  • It's preferable to use memory wire cutters on this material. If you can't, use an old pair of scissors you don't mind denting.

Step 1: Create the Wreath Shape

Memory wire is a thin wire that keeps it's shape and is less malleable than regular jewelry wire. This means that it's perfect for this project and will take quite some effort to bend out of shape. First, you will need to cut a circle out of your wire. The wire comes in a coil. Cut it where it makes a complete circle with about half an inch overlap.

(Image: Francesca Stone)

Using the round nose pliers, grip one end of the wire and twist into a loop.

(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)

Step 2: Build the Wreath

Thread the beads onto the wire. I've used half-inch beads and can fit nine beads onto the circle of wire, but if you have a different size, experiment until you get a look that you like. Just make sure you leave enough wire at the non looped end to loop with your round nose pliers. About half an inch is perfect!

(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)

Loop the other side into a hook and twist it so it lays horizontal (whereas the other loop should be vertical). This way you can hook this onto the loop on the other end of the wire.

(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)

Step 3: Thread on the Cotton to Hang

Cut off a length of cotton cord and thread one end through the loop in the wire. Tie the two ends of the cord together and cut off the excess.

(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)
(Image: Francesca Stone)

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