Christmas 2012: Glass Bead Ornament

Earlier this week I participated in a Secret Santa Cyber Ornament Swap.  Using the website Elfster we were assigned a name and spending limit ($20) and given a few days to make an ornament.  Our deadline was today so I haven’t received mine yet but I am looking forward to getting it in the mail.

Today, I thought I would share with you the glass bead ornament I made as my gift.  The end result is really very pretty but the best part is that it takes around ten minutes to make.


  • shatterproof ornaments
  • glass jewelry beads (or plastic if you want to cut costs), I used various sizes
  • hot glue

I used red ornaments in case any of the background happened to be peeping through after I glued on the beads.  To start with I applied a line of glue around the ornament.  Then I started placing beads around.

For this particular ornament I worked in rows and alternating colors.  You could use any pattern though.  I think it would look pretty one solid color with beads of random size glued all over.  It’s your ornament decorate it how you want to!I continued the banding around the ornament starting at the top and working my way down.  Once I made it to the center, I reversed the pattern and worked my way to the bottom of the ornament.  At this point the ornament was beginning to get a bit top heavy.  The weight of those beads really start to add up!

You can see in the picture above that a tiny bit of the background does show through.  So make sure whatever color ornament you use you don’t mind showing through.  Might not look so hot if an orange background was peeking through.

I took a small strip of yarn and tied it on as a hanger and then gave it a test drive hang on the tree.


Quick.  Easy. Beautiful.

Thats the way we roll around here.

I used the left over beads to decorate a few of the ornaments for the mantel.  I like this look too and think I might have to make some more like this for next year!

So there you have it.  A simple DIY glass bead ornament in under ten minutes (two if you use my simpler design above)!

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13 thoughts on “Christmas 2012: Glass Bead Ornament

  1. Grey

    I really like this. The pattern and different sizes of beads are very attractive. I found this on Centsational Girl.

    1. Krystle Post author

      Tracy, I am so glad you like it and that you received it. I really did have a fun time making it and will definitely stop by to visit your blog.

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