how to make a beaded wire ornament hook | DIY

beaded wire christmas ornament hooks

beaded wire ornament hangers

I stopped in at my parents’ house the other day and was looking at their Christmas ornaments, and noticed that some of them were hanging on some fancy schmancy beaded wire hangers.  And all I could think was, “WHY HAVEN’T I DONE THIS BEFORE?”

So now I’ve made a couple, and it literally took me 5 minutes. I know this isn’t exactly an ornament, but…it still kind of fits.  Here’s how to do it:

You need:

  • 18 Gauge Wire
  • Some pretty beads (make sure the holes are large enough to fit on the wire)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Something circular that you can use to curl the wire. I just used the cap of my glue bottle, which worked perfectly.
Thread the beads you’d like onto a length of wire…

thread beads onto wire

And then bend the wire right before and after the beads, in opposite directions from each other… (It’s very hard to straighten the wire back out once it’s bent, so be careful. I wasn’t…oops.)


bend the wire after beads

Now wrap the wire back around whatever circular object you are using, to curl it into the shape you want…

curl wire for ornament hook

For the top of the hanger, make just a simple hook shape, so that it will be easy to hang on the tree. (I also curled the very end of the wire using the tip of my pliers.) For the bottom though, you can get a little fancier.

make a beaded wire ornament hanger

Isn’t that easy? I made another hook in an S shape, which was even quicker:

beaded wire christmas ornament hooks

How cute is that?

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Carol Malone November 5, 2012, 4:31 pm

    I ‘m so excited to try your popcorn ornament while my grandsons are her to watch the popcorn pop inside the ornament! They both have autism and get so excited over crafts that I teach them. My oldest grandson LOVES popcorn! (Of course, I’ll try it without them first.)

    • ornamentgirl November 8, 2013, 6:04 am

      Awesome, Carol! I hope they turned out for you! :) (I’m so sorry I didn’t see this comment sooner!)

  • Kathy Schipperijn April 23, 2013, 4:45 am

    I am looking for clear glass ornaments for painting. The ones I am looking for are not balls, the only way I can describe them are as flattened balls-4″ in diameter, but only 1″ thick. They lay reasonably flat when painting one side, the you can do the other. Hobby Lobby and craft stores have them during the holidays, but off season I can only find balls. If you have any ideas I’d appreciate them-thanks.

    • Vicki June 9, 2013, 9:45 am

      I buy through Sunshine Crafts online. Also, do a search for coupon codes to save even more $$

    • ornamentgirl November 8, 2013, 6:03 am

      Thanks, Vicki, for the info…I’ll have to check them out. I’ve only found them at holiday time as well, but I’ll keep my eyes open, Kathy….

    • Virginia Garland January 27, 2014, 7:11 am

      I saw them at Walmart but it was during Christmas season.

  • Melody October 11, 2013, 1:14 am

    Looking forward to more tutorials and tips ….Love it

  • KAREN CHRONISTER November 7, 2013, 11:29 pm

    The ornament tutorials were great. Now this!!! Perfect for my needs! Thanks so much….AGAIN!!! :)
    Karen chronister

    • ornamentgirl November 8, 2013, 6:01 am

      I’m so glad you were happy with the ornament patterns, Karen! Thank you so much. :)

  • SUSAN GARDNER April 22, 2017, 6:39 pm

    What did you use at the top of the ornament to attach the beaded hanger to? I’m loving the idea but don’t know how to attache them to the ornament

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