Learn how to make a beautiful beaded star ornament that will look awesome in your Christmas home! Hang on your tree, in a window, and more.
Skills Required: Beginner. This might look complicated, but it’s not at all. You’re going to be stringing beads follow the instructions. An older child could do it and definitely a teen or tween.
Wood beads are such a versatile craft supply! I’ve used them in a lot of projects, including Christmas ornaments. I made wood bead wreaths, gnome ornaments, and snowman ornaments – all with small beads.
And I couldn’t stop there!
Once I made the wreaths, I thought about doing some additional stringing of the ornaments to make shapes. I decided on a beaded star ornament, and I’m really happy with the results.
When I first saw this Christmas ornament I thought it would be pretty difficult to make . . . but it’s not.
Beaded Star Christmas Ornament
You’re going to make this beaded ornament in four simple steps. You’ll string the beads in three separate rows (your first three steps). Then finally, you’re going to add the baker’s twine loop so you can hang this bad boy on your Christmas tree!
For this project, I rooted around in my stash to see what beads I had. I found some stained ones from a jewelry project, and decided I wanted my star tips to be the five stained beads. I really like the way it turned out.
Do you want to learn how to make this below? Keep on reading!
Gather These Supplies
- Wood beads, unfinished (5/8″) – 20
- Wood beads, stained (5/8″) – 5
- Baker’s twine – several feet
- Tapestry needle (optional, but makes it easier)
Grab some baker’s twine or other thread. I chose to go with this Christmas-y patterned one! You don’t see much of it, but it’s cute anyway. Thread onto a tapestry needle for ease in stringing.
String the Beads
To establish the inner circle of your ornament, you’re going to string ten beads onto the middle of the thread.
This is how it’s going to look. Then you’re going to turn it into a circle.
String the right hanging thread through the very last bead. You will have thread coming out of this bead from both the left and the right.
This completes your first inner row. Now you’re going to put the second row of beads onto your ornament.
Add the Second Row
Take the string coming out of the left side and put it onto the needle. Add two beads onto that needle. Then you’re going to skip a bead, and insert the needle into the next bead.
You’re going to continue around the outside of your first row, stringing on two beads, skipping a bead, and then inserting the thread. You can see a diagram below.
Continue all the way around the base row. You will use ten beads for this step.
Once you get back to the original bead, you will thread the bead from right to left as shown below.
Bring the thread out through the first bead of the second row. The thread should come out to the left between those first two beads you put on.
Your beaded star ornament is coming together! One more row.
Add the Star Tips
For this third row, you’ll use five beads to make the points of the star. You’ll also thread around the entire ornament. The thread is already between two beads, so add the first stained bead.
Thread the twine through the next three beads on your ornament as shown in the diagram below.
Then you’re going to string on another bead!
Second bead added – now string the twine through the next three beads. Do you see the star starting to form?
Continue until you’ve strung on the five points of the star.
Put the twine down through the next bead, meeting the original twine. Tie a secure knot, pulling everything someone tight (but don’t go crazy).
You’re very close to the finish line and hanging this beautiful beaded baby on your tree.
Add the Ornament Hanger
Snip off any loose twine and admire your star shape. Wasn’t that easy? Well – the last step is about as simple as it gets.
Thread some of the twine through one of the stained beads and tie it into a not. That’s it!
Your beaded star ornament is finished and ready for hanging on your Christmas tree. It has such a Scandinavian feel – but I could also see it for farmhouse or rustic holiday decor. What do you think? Leave me a comment!
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