I love it when Christmas comes creeping in. Doing a little bit now means I don’t have to do a whole lot later on. There is gift making and ornament making going on right now
These little ornaments will add some sparkle to your Christmas tree. They are quick and easy to make and would also make nice gifts. You need the plain coloured ornaments, some beads and a glue gun … and a fair bit of patience as it can be a challenge getting the tiny beads onto the ornament with sticky fingers
My stash of beads seems never ending and these ornaments are a great way to use them up, especially the tiny, fiddly ones that don’t seem to thread on anything. I chose a silver and a gold ornament to match the colour of the beads I wanted to use up. You could choose whatever colour you wish or match them to the beads.
At first I tried using Crafters Goop glue but it took longer to dry and the beads started slipping, so I switched to my cool touch glue gun.
Only add the glue a small section at a time and then press in the beads as it dries quickly. For this ornament I used some blue beads, some clear white ones, and some silver (well, it is wanna be silver) to add a bit of extra sparkle when the lights from the tree shine on them.
The patience comes into play when you start adding the beads and end up with glue on your fingers and then you can’t pick up the tiny beads. So it was do a section, clean fingers, do another section, clean fingers etc. I also used a toothpick to push the beads up close to the ones already on the ornament. A pair of tweezers works well for picking up the beads as well.
I used yellows and pale green beads to do the next gold looking ornament. I’m hoping the colour base will reflect through when they are on the Christmas tree. Next came a pearly ball. I purchased a bag full of faux pearls from the thrift store.
I added some ribbon and beads to the top and they are ready to hang on the tree.
B for beads. Did it make a dent in my stash of beads? … it doesn’t seem so appear so but I’ve still got lots of time to make some more.
Hm-m-m now I’m thinking B for buttons … do you think an ornament covered in buttons would look good? I’m going to make one next along with yarn project.