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How to Create Stunning Beaded Snowflake Ornaments for Christmas

Image: A beautiful beaded snowflake ornament As Christmas approaches, we find ourselves immersed in the joyous task of decorating our homes. If you're searching for a small, versatile, and breathtakingly beautiful decorative item, look no...

beaded snowflake ornament Image: A beautiful beaded snowflake ornament

As Christmas approaches, we find ourselves immersed in the joyous task of decorating our homes. If you're searching for a small, versatile, and breathtakingly beautiful decorative item, look no further than these beaded snowflakes.

Not only can these beaded snowflakes be used to adorn your Christmas tree, but they can also be transformed into pendants, bracelets, or brooches. The possibilities are endless, and the time and effort invested in crafting these ornaments will undoubtedly be worthwhile.

With a bundle of 26-gauge craft wire costing approximately $9, you can create up to 22 beaded snowflakes. A set of 600 crystal beads will set you back around $12, and a set of 100 faux pearl beads costs no more than $2. For a total of $25, you can create 22 snowflakes and still have plenty of beads left for future projects.

beaded snowflake ornament for Christmas Image: Beaded snowflake ornament for Christmas

How to Make Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

Let's dive into the step-by-step process of creating these stunning beaded snowflake ornaments.

Things You Will Need to Make Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

Materials:

  • Faux pearl beads (2 different sizes)
  • Crystal beads
  • Craft Wire - 26 Gauge

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Pliers (optional)

Beaded Snowflake Ornament making supplies Image: Beaded Snowflake Ornament making supplies

Beaded Snowflake Ornament Instructions

Step 1: Threading the Base Beads

Start by measuring and cutting out 24 inches of wire. Thread 6 large beads onto the wire, placing them 3 or 4 inches near one end of the wire.

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Step 2: Forming the Center Ring

Thread one of the end beads from both sides and pull both ends of the wire to form a bead ring. Thread the 3-inch side of the wire through the bead ring and bring both strands of wire together. Twist both strands tightly.

Step 2: Forming the Center Ring Image: Step 2: Forming the Center Ring

Step 3: Threading the 1st Arm Beads

Thread 1 large bead and 3 small beads onto the wire and push them near the bead ring.

Step 3: Threading the 1st Arm Beads Image: Step 3: Threading the 1st Arm Beads

Step 4: Forming the 1st Arm of the Snowflake

Thread the open end of the wire through the large bead and draw it out from the adjacent ring bead. Pull the wire tightly, ensuring the first arm of the beaded snowflake is crafted nicely.

Step 4: Forming the 1st Arm of the Snowflake Image: Step 4: Forming the 1st Arm of the Snowflake

Step 5: Forming the Rest of Snowflake Arms

Continue to craft the remaining 5 arms of the snowflake. Once all 6 snowflake arms are formed, thread and draw the wire through the next large bead of the arm.

Step 5: Forming the Rest of Snowflake Arms Image: Step 5: Forming the Rest of Snowflake Arms

Step 6: Threading the Crystal Bead

Insert a crystal bead onto the wire.

Step 6: Threading the Crystal Bead Image: Step 6: Threading the Crystal Bead

Step 7: Securing the Crystal Bead

After threading the crystal bead, draw the wire out of any adjacent large bead of an arm (left or right, as you prefer).

Step 7: Securing the Crystal Bead Image: Step 7: Securing the Crystal Bead

Step 8: Adding the Rest of the Crystal Beads

Continue to add a crystal bead between two snowflake arms until all six gaps have been filled.

Step 8: Adding the Rest of the Crystal Beads Image: Step 8: Adding the Rest of the Crystal Beads

Step 9: Securing the Beading and Adding Jump Ring

After threading the last crystal bead, pull the wire tightly and coil it around any part of the beaded snowflake pattern. After coiling the wire three or four times, cut off the excess wire using scissors. Attach a jump ring to one of the outer beads of the beaded snowflake pattern.

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Video Tutorial: How to Make a Beaded Snowflake Ornament for Christmas

If you're finding it challenging to create a beaded snowflake ornament for the first time, we have a video tutorial just for you. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn on the notification bell to stay updated with all our new craft tutorials.

Ideas for Using the Beaded Ornament in Other Crafts

Once Christmas is over and it's time to put away the decorations, these beaded snowflakes can be repurposed in various ways. Use them as pendants, keychains, or even join multiple snowflakes together to create a stunning choker. Let your creativity run wild and reuse them however you wish.

beaded snowflake Image: Beaded snowflake

Beaded Snowflake Crafting: Tips for Beginners

If you're a beginner and finding it challenging to craft a beaded snowflake, here are some helpful tips:

  • Use round beads for better shaping of the snowflake.
  • Select two different sizes of beads, one large and another two sizes smaller than the large one.
  • Choose a crystal bead size that fills the gap between every two snowflake arms.
  • Consider using clear plastic thread for threading, but 18 to 20-gauge memory wires are ideal for this project.

If you're seeking more snowflake-inspired crafts, be sure to check out two other snowflake tutorials on our blog:

  • Papercraft 3D Snowflake
  • Snowflake Paper Bag

We hope you enjoy crafting these magnificent beaded snowflakes. Don't forget to share a picture with us too!

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