19 Nov 2014

DIY Wood Bead Ornaments: I Made Some Too!

Today is my first Christmas DIY that I'm sharing here this year.  It's not technically the first project I've done, but the first one to get some photos taken.  These wood bead ornaments must be the easiest Christmas ornaments to make.  They seem to be quite popular in Scandinavian Christmas decor recently and I've seen some really lovely DIY ornaments with beads as well.  I was inspired by these ornaments by Bloomingville.  I used mint, grey and natural wood as the colours.  I've been thinking about adding a little mint green to our mostly neutral Christmas decor.
I displayed the ornaments in a couple of spots in our house for this post.  We like to keep our Finnish tradition of getting our Christmas tree much closer to Christmas (so no tree to hang these on yet).  They may end up on the boys' wooden dowel advent tree though.  The natural wood of the beads would go well with the wooden dowels of the tree.

The first spot I tried displaying the beads was on a dowel that I hung from a rhino head.  I've had this guy up above our fireplace for some time.  I tired of the mirror that was there before and because we have an outlet there for a picture light, I needed something to cover it up.  The boys really like it.  The littlest likes to point it out and growl.   You may notice the black tree garlands from last year.  I was going to hang them up across the fireplace, but kind of like the couple strings off to one side.  The stockings were hung by my oldest.  He found them in the Christmas decoration box and insisted they be hung.  He also looks every morning in them to see if the new Planes Fire and Rescue DVD is inside.  You can see the second spot where I hung the ornaments after the DIY.

Wooden Bead Ornament How To:

1.  Materials:  Wooden Craft Beads
Craft Paint & Brush
Twine
2.  Paint your beads and then select a combination of a few to use for your ornament.  Cut a piece of twine that is double the length of the beads + the height of your loop + extra for tying.  Fold the piece of twine in half and tie a loop at the top that will be for hanging the ornament.
3.  String the beads onto the doubled string below the knot you made in step 2.  Then tie another knot at the base of the beads.
4.  Trim off any excess twine at the bottom.
5.  Your ornament is ready to be hung!

I love using pine boughs to add greenery during Christmas time and these ornaments added a fun touch to a simple arrangement.

So there's a super simple Christmas ornament you can make in just a few minutes.

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26 comments:

  1. the way you have them displayed is beautiful! i just love coming to your blog anu- you have such great photos and style and you are like a breath of fresh air!

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    1. Aww, thank you Cassie! You're to sweet! <3

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  2. I just can't believe Christmas is already so close. I need to start wrapping my head around that one. Love your ornaments. They are so pretty. those vases are awesome too. Love the greenery!!

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    1. Thanks Katja! Christmas always comes up much too quickly for me. I've only just begun to think about it.

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  3. So lovely! I can't wait to get a few Christmas DIY things going.

    Can I ask what colour white you've painted the walls? Constantly on the lookout for one that's not too harsh and not too dull.

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    1. The white in the living room is Benjamin Moore Cloud White. It looks great now that the leaves have fallen, but in the spring/summer it does take on a more yellow/green tone. We painted the kitchen and entry (both have been worked on more recently) Farrow and Ball All White and I think that's the colour will go with for the rest of the house too (eventually). It's a little less yellow, but still warm for a pure white. I hope that helps!

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  4. I love the colors you picked. They are so clean and simple. You have great taste in holiday decor!

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    1. Thanks Mekenzie. We'll see if the mint green will pop up elsewhere for our Christmas decor. I haven't completely decided or perhaps these will be enough mint for me. ;)

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  5. cute! They'd look great on the advent calendar!

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    1. It would be nice to have something on the tree while we wait to fill it up with the advent star ornaments. Thanks Gretchen!

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  6. Aghh! Your style is so distinctive and spot on. I love these.

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    1. Thanks so much Heather. You're too nice! I'm glad you like them.

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  7. Just love these strung above your fireplace! So simple and lovely.

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    1. Thanks Amy! I had actually taken them down after taking the photos, but then my oldest saw the pictures and asked me to put them back above the fireplace. :)

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  8. I always look forward to see what you will do for Christmas. So simple and beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Julia! I'm happy with how this little project turned out.

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  9. Grandiose. I love it.So simple and gorgeous.

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  10. These are CRAZY beautiful!!! You Christmas decor is always my favorite <3

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  11. These are so beautiful! I would be so honored if you would share them at our Found & Foraged Linky party tonight at 8PM CST www.thebigrevealblog.com. In any event, I am pinning this right now:)

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  12. Gorgeous!! I love the entire mantel!! Simple, modern, and stunning just like everything you do!

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  13. Simple yet beautiful! Well done! I love it.

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