How to Make Your Own Beaded Ornaments In The House Of Sylvestermouse


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Beaded Christmas ornaments are not only beautiful decorations but they make excellent Christmas gifts which will be cherished for a lifetime and can be passed down to future generations.

In this lens, I will use a kit to show you how to make your own beaded Christmas ornaments. I prefer the kits simply because everything I need to make the ornament is included except the craft glue.

Once you see for yourself just how easy it is to make a beaded ornament, no doubt you will want to get started on your own beautiful decoration.

Supplies to get started
Supplies to get started | Source

What You Need To Get Started on Your Beaded Ornament

There are so many different kits available on the market today, that you really can choose one that appeals to you in color, shape, and difficulty level.

Kits should include:

Ornament Forms, Beads, Pearls, Sequins, Embellishments, Straight Pins, Decorative Threads for Hangers

In addition to the Kit, you will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Measuring Tape
  • High Intensity Lamp/Desk Light
  • Magnifying/Reading Glasses (optional)

The Kit Used for this Presentation/Instruction: Snowflake Carousel from Sunrise Craft & Holiday Co.



Quote from: George C. Scott in Patton

Organize Beads
Organize Beads | Source

Get Started on Your Beaded Ornaments

I know you want to get started immediately, but If you start your project by separating the beads, the actual assembly will progress much faster. In the end, organization is excellent time management.

Set up an organized work area and separate your beads by color. Truly, I have never used a bead separating organizer, but they are definitely available to purchase. I actually use baby food jars and cool whip containers to hold my beads and pins.

Why throw away those great glass jars and plastic containers when they can be used to separate and store your craft items?


Simple Instructions for Beaded Ornaments

Each kit includes instructions and usually a diagram or chart. I read the instructions first, look over the diagrams and examine the photo of the finished ornament.

Personally, I can duplicate what I see in the photo easier than I can follow the written instructions, but I use them all to complete my project.


Additional Suggested Supplies to Help Make Beaded Christmas Ornaments

Begin Beading Your Ornament

I assemble my beaded pins in groups and stick them into a Styrofoam block until I am ready to place them on the ornament.

When I am ready to set the first pin in place on the ornament, I squeeze a little craft glue onto a plastic lid. I poke the tip of each pin into the dab of craft glue right before I position the ornament for final placement.


Add Beaded Pins Row by Row

Add Beaded Pins Row by Row
Add Beaded Pins Row by Row | Source

Time to do the Bottom ~ I have no idea where I got this Styrofoam, but I have used it for years

Time to do the Bottom ~ I have no idea where I got this Styrofoam, but I have used it for years
Time to do the Bottom ~ I have no idea where I got this Styrofoam, but I have used it for years | Source

Rows of Beaded Pins for Bottom

Rows of Beaded Pins for Bottom
Rows of Beaded Pins for Bottom | Source

Almost Done With the Beaded Ornament

Almost Done With the Beaded Ornament
Almost Done With the Beaded Ornament | Source

In a Few Hours You Are Finished! Now You Have a Beautiful Memory, a Lovely Treasure, a Precious Gift and a Lasting Tradition

In a Few Hours You Are Finished!  Now You Have a Beautiful Memory, a Lovely Treasure, a Precious Gift and a Lasting Tradition
In a Few Hours You Are Finished! Now You Have a Beautiful Memory, a Lovely Treasure, a Precious Gift and a Lasting Tradition | Source

How to Order this Beaded Ornament Kit

The Snowflake Carousel kit has all of the supplies needed to make 12 ornaments.



© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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Have You Made Your Beaded Ornaments Yet? 104 comments

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Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

Absolutely beautiful. I love the step by step photos and instructions they make it so much easier to follow the directions and to see the progress as the craft project develops. Lovely handmade ornament for the holidays.

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Ibidii 2 years ago

Great idea to use the Styrofoam as a base etc. I have used that also for my other projects to dry painted items like my shish kabab sticks.

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favored 2 years ago from USA

Yes - don't you just love tacky glue? Your styrofoam base is a great idea, especially for the pins and laying out the project. Gotta share this one :)

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Grasmere Sue 3 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

No, but this lens is inspirational Have I still got time this year?

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DANCING COWGIRL 3 years ago from Texas

Gosh, so many crafts, so little time. I love doing all sorts of things. I would love to give these beaded ornaments a try. Best Wishes

Joan4 3 years ago

I think this spring and summer I will make beaded ornaments again. I have not done this in many years but I loved making them!

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Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

You've been hit by Cupid!

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Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

I think I made some of these years ago. I don't know what ever happened to them though. LOL

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Nightcat 4 years ago

Yes I made them but didn't know about theglue! Explains what happened to mine, LOL! Great lens, Blessed! :)

anonymous 4 years ago

This is exactly what I needed to know. Thank you! btw, you are very organized. I think I will try to find a styrofoam block like that to use when I make my own beaded ornaments.

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mrdata 4 years ago

Very nice beaded ornaments! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

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delia-delia 4 years ago

Yes, years ago...I still have a great deal of beads and things for the making of I just paint the ornaments, but I'm inspired to try these again.

~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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Ladymoss111 4 years ago

Not yet, will try later.

jvcronje 4 years ago

Showed this one to my creative wife and looks like she will find an opportunity to do it ! Best wishes for 2013!

AnnaleeBlysse 4 years ago

No, but I think about making my own. My grandmother did when I was younger, and it would be a nice tradition to revive in the family.

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Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

I haven't but this is a great idea!

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one SquidAddict 4 years ago

These look beautiful! I have made my own Christmas decorations and ornaments before but never beaded ornaments - definitely one to try. Blessed!

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opatoday 4 years ago

Great lens Perfect Pictures

happynutritionist 4 years ago

I am looking for an ornament to make for an ornament exchange, these are beautiful! It must be fun to live in the house of Sylvestermouse:-) *blessed*

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KarenTBTEN 4 years ago

I have never made any like that -- just dollhouse scale ornaments from beads. A Sunday School teacher gave my brother and me each a beaded ornament years ago. The arrangement of beads was kind of similar to work you were making there, but it was on plain white styrofoam (with flocked red ribbon circling it and forming the loop).

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Lorri123 4 years ago

Very pretty. I love beaded things.

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shewins 4 years ago

That came out nice, I bet it takes a lot of patience. I'm taking a break from working on some home made ornaments now, they're not nearly as fancy as that one though.

anonymous 4 years ago

I love the idea of making your own beaded ornaments. This would be a great craft for kids that are old enough to handle the beads. They could make their very own, or make some to give away as gifts.

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Rangoon House 4 years ago from Australia

I have seen similar beaded ornaments and they are so beautiful and effective. Blessings.

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Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I've been making beaded holiday ornaments for more than 40 years, and I still have some that I created decades ago! We used to tease my mom that she would embellish anything that didn't move, and she's the one who taught my sister and me how to glue sequins, pearls, rhinestones, ribbons, and other trimming materials onto the ornaments. I've also given hand-embellished ornaments as gifts, and people love them. Your example is just beautiful! Blessed. :)

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mbgphoto 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Love this lens...stopping by with a blessing.

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Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Stopping back by to review this wonderful tutorial for making beaded ornaments. Time to get busy -- Christmas will be here before you know it.

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BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

Just had to stop back by with a little angel dust for this great page.

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DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

This is such a wonderful how-to for beaded ornaments! Anyone could follow and make gorgeous ornaments for their tree or as home décor!

Ruthi 4 years ago

I haven't made beaded ornaments in years but your how-to article for making them has me wanting to make a few ornaments for this holiday season.

miaponzo 4 years ago

I have made a few in my day :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your beautiful ornaments!!! Blessed!

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Craftypicks 4 years ago from Las Vegas

I didn't realize you had a blog... WTG on this lens Blessed. I love the styrofoam idea not to mention the beads. Excellent.

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Grasmere Sue 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

I don't think I have the patience! Lovely ideas, and I've added it to my "Best Christmas Stockings" lens. Hope that's OK!

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bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

My family made beaded ornaments for decades but they were never as organized and tidy as you are! I love your tips and tricks for making this a joyful project instead of a chore!

aishu19 4 years ago

You are so talented and this tutorial on how to make beaded ornaments is quite clear

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Dianne Loomos 4 years ago

I've never made beaded ornaments but it looks like a fun project. Pretty!

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ideadesigns 4 years ago from Central USA

Use to love these when I was little, thanks for the great tutorial!

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hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

What a cool Christmas craft! I haven't started on the ornaments for this year's Christmas tree yet, and these look like a great candidate and a fun project :)

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Essentially Ind 4 years ago

Hand made stuffs are always fascinating...........because you made it with your creative heart. Great Lens.......

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bushaex 4 years ago from Ohio

But your lovely creations don't look like they were inspired by George Patton! SquidAngel blessings.

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nightbear lm 4 years ago

A wonderful tutorial. Love the photos

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Dianne Loomos 4 years ago

The beaded ornaments are very pretty!

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CoolFool83 4 years ago

Wow! These ornaments look amazing! I got to try making these for Christmas.

anonymous 4 years ago

Returning to smile at your beaded ornament DIY. It makes me nostalgic about the ones I inherited from Mom that our adopted Grandma made for our family for years...and each one a treasured delight. Time to get going on making those beaded ornaments, Christmas is only 166 days away and time does fly when you're having fun!

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Darla Dixon 4 years ago

My mom used to make ornaments like these. Looks like a lot of fun.

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goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

great idea for christmas. no need to buy those expensive ornaments. thanks sylvestermouse and congratulations for winning the purple star. angel blessings.

i am in pinterest too.

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CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

Thhis would be a great summer project. That way, you would be ahead of the game when Christmas rolls around.

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dahlia369 4 years ago

You sure know how to use beads. Not that I have any patience to do a project like that myself but I very much admire your creations! :)

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mobileboutique lm 4 years ago

Wow! You make it look so easy! I'm going to have to try this with our beads and see what happens..thinking some sewing will be involved! lol..thanks for the great lens!

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curious0927 5 years ago

Awesome, inspiring, and great lens. I'm glad I saw it now, time to make some for Xmas 2012! Liked and Blessed.

klaird 5 years ago

Great idea for a DIY Christmas ornament. Great lens ~ I've featured this lens on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults". Great job!

ladykida 5 years ago

Something I can do with my child.......? Priceless!

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KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

I used to make them with my grandmother. I wish I'd kept some of hers. You are so organized ... you definitely make this look fun and easy.

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ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

I love to make ornaments but I haven't had a lot of time this year.

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kathysart 5 years ago

How FUN.. I must try this. I have glued feathers but not beads.. what was I thinking? I could have been having a LOT more fun. THUMBS UP lens

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debnet 5 years ago from England

Oh you talented person! I haven't made any as I'd end up knocking stuff all over the floor and gluing my fingers together!! The one you made here looks just lovely! Blessed by a clumsy Squid Angel ;)

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WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

Your lens is especially cool. As a kid I remember helping my sisters decorate oranges with cloves as gifts, makes me want to go get a couple oranges and a thing of cloves.

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norma-holt 5 years ago

Another first class lens with fabulous tips and suggestions.

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DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

As always -- excellent, easy to follow directions for your beaded ornaments. Lovin' the mouse!

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sockii 5 years ago from New Jersey

I really want to get back to making beaded ornaments - maybe with some of my leftover odds and ends from beading jewelry. I used to love making them when I was a child. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful holiday craft idea!

Joan4 5 years ago

I made beaded ornaments back in the 1960s - thank you for inspiring me to try it again! Blessed.

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lbrummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

Nice ornament and great step-by-step directions.

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Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States Author

@sukkran trichy: Thank you so much for your blessing! Your visits are always greatly appreciated.

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sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

not yet. but going to try. beautiful presentation. ~blessed~

purpleslug 5 years ago

Great lens! I love doing Christmas crafts.

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phoenix arizona f 5 years ago

I am intrigued to make these this Christmas. Thanks for the directions!

KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

Pretty ornament.

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MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

Great craft lens, Angel Blessed

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Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

Great tutorial and gorgeous Christmas ornaments. I've lensrolled this to my unique Christmas ornments lens :D

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Rita-K 6 years ago

You make it look so easy! Thank you for the great tutorial...I have always wanted to do this! I have added your lens to my favorites on my glass ornaments lens!

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ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

I love beaded ornaments.

Lensrolled to Make a Beaded Star Ornament

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sheilamarie78 6 years ago

Not yet, but it's a great idea! Merry Christmas, Sylvestermouse!

Tempus 6 years ago

Cool lens and wonderful step by step photos -you make it look so easy. Thanks

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Lady Lorelei 6 years ago from Canada

I've been dashing around Squidoo visiting Christmas lenses and it is putting me in a very cheerful Christmas mood. Thank you for helping...Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

Nice project! But, no ... haven't made one yet.

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devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

Great step by step! Makes me want to give it a try.

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BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

OK, I may just have to breakdown and try making your version of beaded ornaments. Your instructions make it sound so easy. Maybe it's just my 14 thumbs that seem to get in the way all the time. Very well laid out lens with clear instructions, as usual!

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OhMe 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

I made a Beaded Ornament from a kit back in the 70's and still proudly hang it every year. I need to make more of them.

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imolaK 6 years ago

Very creative, and the ornament is very nice. Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us.

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hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

lovely. lensrolled to my homemade ornaments page.

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Kailua-KonaGirl 6 years ago from New York

You have got my creative juices flowing. I want to try a few of these myself. Great lens! Thumbs up and I have lensrolled you to my seashell ornament lens.

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aesta1 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I used to make some to give the women we were training models to copy. Now, my time is all squidoo.

anonymous 6 years ago

Beautiful instructions ...this is a very cool lens. ~ I love it.

I'm going to try making my own this year, I have the supplies.

Might as well go for it, they would make great gifts too!

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WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

Great step-by-step instructions. The Styrofoam is a great idea to keep the beads organized.

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retta719 6 years ago from United States

great step by step! I remember making ornaments like this with my mom when I was a kid.

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Holley Web 6 years ago

These are lovely! I may have to try this again! We used to make our ornaments to hang along with the store bought ones. Those are the ones that got handed down to me and mean the most :)

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WildFacesGallery 6 years ago from Iowa

Oh wow, when I was a kid my family made a bunch of these one year. I still have a couple. They look so great on the tree. I totally forgot about them. Now that I've run across this lens perhaps I'll make a few new ones. :) Fav'ing just in case.

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Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States Author

@RebeccaE: Oh, I am certain it is beautiful! I would love to see a picture. I am sure it will be a treasure for many, many years to come.

RebeccaE 6 years ago

I spent the last few hours doing this, since I read this lens a while back, and am happy to report, while it does not look like anything as wonderful as yours, it still in my mind looks awesome... thanks for the advice

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sheriangell 6 years ago

How pretty - we will have to do these this year. I love how you use the Styrofoam to hold the ornament. Me? I would fight with it while never thinking of such an clever solution!

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ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

We have several hand-made bead ornaments as well as some plaster cast ornaments painted by my husband. All are unique and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing,


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CastleRoyLisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

I think I might try making some this year I love this lens thank you.

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indigoj 6 years ago from UK

Oh I would love to try making my own beaded ornaments. I think soon people's thoughts will turn again to starting on early Christmas preparations and such a lovely step-by-step guide will be very useful.

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puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

These are beautiful. I have never seen these kits before. Just the type of craft I love - something that can be given as a gift.

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mbgphoto 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Beautiful ornament....excellent lens! I really like your step by step instructions. 5* and blessed.

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verymary 7 years ago from Chicago area

I loved making beaded ornaments as a youngster and had forgotten about that...until I saw your lens! 5*

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ZenandChic 7 years ago

These are beautiful. My stepdads mom used to make these when she was alive. I don't know if my mom has the ornaments anymore but I always thought they were pretty. Blessed by an angel! The pictures showing what you need and how to do it are a great addition here.

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Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Wonderful How to lens. I'm a crafter, so find this very appealing.

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GonnaFly 7 years ago from Australia

Lovely. Lensrolled to my Vintage Christmas Decorations lens.

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jptanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

Oh wow, those Beaded Ornaments are just gorgeous! Love them! You've shown me how to do it so perfectly, now all I need is the time and the patience.

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HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

I love this. We are going to make these. My daughter is so excited. Thanks for the great idea.

anonymous 7 years ago

Superb job on this how to lens! And the ornament is really pretty. Spreading my wings for an Angel Blessing for a job well done.

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aka-rms 7 years ago from USA

Great timely how to lens. I remember making something similar years ago. It's fun and creates memories. Nice work.

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Laniann 7 years ago

Yes, I love making my own ornaments. They are fun and enjoyable to make and you have something special.

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