Greetings from Australia guys!
I’ve arrived back down under for the holidays, and have been having a lovely time finishing off the last of the work we have to do for 2018 before a little bit of downtime in Byron Bay – swimming, eating, lounging and generally taking a load off. Are you guys excited for a little bit of holiday relaxation? I hope you can have some! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a last minute decorating idea because I know that chances are a lot of you are decorating your spaces this week for Christmas. I bring you, the beaded snowflake. Perfect whether you’ve got a foot of snow on the ground outside or the hot sun blazing down on your back. Enjoy!
As a reference, the wooden beads we used for creating this ornament were 5mm, 7mm and 9mm in size. And the wire we used is 0.5mm thick.
Avoid using stiff and thick wire for this because you’re going to find it difficult creating the loops around the beads.
Begin by creating the base ring for the snowflake. We used 12 of the 7mm beads for this. Close off and trim the ends of the wire when you're done. We're going to be using a new piece of wire for each ring of the snowflake.
Bead the next ring by looping 3 smaller 5mm beads around a 7mm bead. Skip one bead before doing the second loop.
After you've done the second ring of beading, move on to creating the third ring. Thread in three 5mm beads, one 7mm bead, and two 5mm beads with a new piece of wire, then thread the head of the wire through the first 5mm bead on the first ring to close the loop.
This is what your ornament should look like at this point after you've finished beading the third ring. You can actually leave it like this if you want, but below we're going to show you how to make it even more pretty!
Next, we're going to thread five 5mm beads on each side starting from the beads on the second row and using the 9mm bead from the previous row as an anchor point for looping.
For the final row, we're going to do an alternating set of loops and pointy tips to complete the snowflake. Take a new piece of wire and thread it through the 9mm bead from the previous row to create a new loop. And to make the pointy tip, we've used a combination of the 3 sizes of beads, threading through the largest 9mm bead in the middle to hold the shape.
When you're done with all the beading, add a loop or wire or if you prefer, string or ribbon on your snowflake for hanging .And your custom beaded ornament is done!
This is perfect for hanging on your tree, on a doorway or on the wall. Enjoy!