12 Crafty Days of Christmas {Day 4}: Beaded Ornaments

Welcome to {Day 4} of the 12 Crafty Days of Christmas here at Happily Mother After!

Happily Mother After

If you missed any of the previous crafts, you can catch up with the rest of us 
by taking a look {over here}.

Today, I am excited to introduce you to Amy from One Artsy Mama.  I have been following Amy for quite some time now.  On her blog she shares cute little crafts she does with her "Little Crafter," and she has given me some great ideas for crafts to do with Brody. She also has weekly link parties where you can show off anything crafty you have been working on, which is where you can find me linked-up most weeks!

{I also think she is great because she featured one of Brody's crafts on her blog not too long ago!}


Hi!  I'm Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I'm excited to be here today to share a holiday craft with you.  I've been married to my best friend and dance partner for almost 10 years now, and we have an adorable 3-year-old son I like to call my "Little Crafter."
I'm passionate about my family, ballroom and latin dance, and Jesus.  I'm addicted to Starbucks.  Peppermint mocha, anyone?
I love doing artsy-craftsy things of all kinds and am happiest when I'm creating something.
I especially enjoy making things with Little Crafter. 

Today, I'm going to share with you a holiday project that can be done with or without a partner in crime.  I made the first few as a "big girl craft," then let the little man help with one.
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

BEADED ORNAMENTS {or pendants or pins}

I was inspired to try these by my bloggy budy Kate over at Cheap Crafty Mama.  Later this month, I'm having a birthday celebration complete with a massive ornament giveaway, which Kate is participating in.  She wrote up a post about the beaded cross she's putting up for grabs and I loved it so much I wanted to try and make a few myself!  I made a few crosses, including a small one I turned into a pendant, and we also tried a star.  Here's how we did it:

Materials: assorted beads in various sizes, shapes and colors {this is a great way to use up spare beads!}
thin wire {24-26 gauge}
thick wire {12 gauge, I think}
needlenose pliers
wire cutters

STEP 1: Gather your beads.  We used approximately 50-55 for the star and large cross.

STEP 2: Bend thick wire into your desired shape.  It doesn't have to be perfect; the beads will cover it.  Kate has a great pic for how to bend the wire for a cross.

STEP 3: String beads onto your thin wire.  Try to vary the colors, shapes, and sizes for a fun effect.  This is the part Little Crafter helped with.  I just gave him the wire and a pile of beads and he went to town.  He did a great job!

STEP 4: Begin wrapping beaded wire around your shape.  Keep the beads on the top side.

 STEP 5: Once all your beads are on, do a bit of wire wrapping over top to finish up.

STEP 6: Attach ribbon or cord to make it an ornament or wall hanging.  Or, add a magnet, a pin back...whatever you like.  You can make a miniature version and turn it into a pendant with a jump ring. 

Here's a look at the full size cross.

This is the mini necklace version...and a size comparison.  I used mostly seed beads for the pendant, while the larger ornaments had more 4-6mm beads.

It was pretty simple, and I love the fun effect of all the colors.  I think the ornaments will look great on the tree when they catch the light.  I'm also glad to have a good way to use up spare beads that haven't gotten used in other projects.  If you try something similar, I'd love to see how yours turn out!

Special thanks and bloggy hugs to Lauren for the opportunity to share this with you today!
I would love to have you visit One Artsy Mama sometime; I typically post about all kinds of things from kids' crafts to jewelry to parenting to home decor and graphic design.  I also have an ongoing {Our} Home for the Holidays party full of great seasonal inspiration that I'd be thrilled for you to visit and join. 
Stop by and say hi, after all,

Have a wonderful holiday season filled with blessings, joy, and of course, crafting!

Thank you, Amy, for sharing this darling ornament tutorial with us.  What a great fine motor skill to practice with the kiddos!

{And, Amy, I'd be more than happy to share a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha with you!}

Be sure to check back tomorrow for {Day 5} of the 12 Crafty Days of Christmas series.  
Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane Boutique will be here to show off their DIY skills!


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