Learn how to make this and three other “crystal” ornaments from the Beadery Craft Kit Ornament Christmas Crystal Collection.
This is my fourth in a series of postings about making and decorating an 18″ Christmas tree from the Legacy Patterns Wooly Trees December Christmas Pattern. To read about its construction and decoration, please read Mini Christmas Tree fun – Making the Tree and Tree Skirt and Button Ornaments. I wanted a few more ornaments that could be scaled to a smaller tree.
I chose to make four styles of ornaments from the Beadery Craft Kit Ornament Christmas Crystal Collection.
The kit contained a huge number of plastic crystal beads for each ornament style! I made about four to six of each style and had beads and chenille stems leftover to make many more. Other supplies were wire cutters, needle nose pliers, scissors, glue, ruler (or seam gauge), and something to hang the ornaments with.
I started with the simplest – an icicle ornament. The one on the left is made per the pattern instructions; the others were made smaller for my miniature tree. Alleene’s Always Ready Turbo Tacky Glue worked well to adhere the beads to the chenille stem. Needle nose pliers help bend the top stem into a loop for hanging. Wire cutters trim the end.
The ornaments can be hung with thin cord, pearl cotton, floss, beading cord – in this case Stretch Magic because that is what I had handy. I wrapped the monofilament around the glue stick to facilitate tying a knot and applied a dot of bead adhesive to secure the knot.
I made four crystal icicle ornaments for the miniature tree and a couple for gifts.
The second ornament was star-shaped and combined round beads with flower shaped beads that interlocked with each other. Again, glue was applied on the chenille stems before the beads were added. Extra stems were snipped off – except one point needed to have a loop for hanging!
These star-shaped ornaments turned out well and were easy to make!
The third type of ornament was another star shape made entirely of five sizes of the interlocking beads – otherwise the construction was similar to the last star ornament.
The design appears complicated but was simple to construct.
I made four of these for the miniature tree but only used two due their size – and because I was running out of branches.
The fourth wreath-shaped ornament was lovely and one of the easiest!
The opaque white flower-shaped beads alternated with round beads on a chenille stem. Pulling the ends together and making a bow completed the wreath shape. I looped the clear bead cord around the front base of the bow and added a dot of bead glue on the front and back and the knot to secure the loop.
So pretty! These crystal wreath ornaments were my favorite.
The Beadery Craft Kit Ornament Christmas Crystal Collection had hundreds of beads and lots of chenille stems left when I finished making four or more of each ornament. The remaining may be used for ornaments on a larger tree, as gifts, tied to packages as decorations, or part of family or group craft activity.