How to make a beaded wire ornament hook | DIY


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?

17 Responses
  • Carol Malone
    November 5, 2012

    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

      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

    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

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

    • ornamentgirl
      November 8, 2013

      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

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

  • Melody
    October 11, 2013

    Looking forward to more tutorials and tips ….Love it

    November 7, 2013

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

    • ornamentgirl
      November 8, 2013

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

    April 22, 2017

    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

  • Anonymous
    November 8, 2017

    Where can you find boxes that the ornaments will fit in for gift giving ? I just love this club.

  • Catherine Harper
    November 8, 2017

    Sorry the anonymous , forgot my name

  • Sandt
    November 21, 2017

    On the hanger with only one bead how did you keep the bead in place? Looks like it would slide on the wire. Your hangers are beautiful and I am going to try to make some. Thanks for the instructions with photos!!!

  • Emilia Carvalho
    December 6, 2017


  • Cheri
    August 14, 2019

    How do you attach the wire hanger to the ornament to hang?

    • Staci Ann Lowry
      August 15, 2019

      Hi Cheri… Just loop the ornament onto one end of this hanger. You’ll just have to loop it around the swirled end a couple of times.

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