beaded wire christmas ornament hooks

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?


  1. Carol Malone on November 5, 2012 at 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 on November 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

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

  2. Kathy Schipperijn on April 23, 2013 at 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 on June 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

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

    • ornamentgirl on November 8, 2013 at 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 on January 27, 2014 at 7:11 am

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

  3. Melody on October 11, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Looking forward to more tutorials and tips ….Love it

  4. KAREN CHRONISTER on November 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

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

    • ornamentgirl on November 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

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

  5. SUSAN GARDNER on April 22, 2017 at 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

  6. Anonymous on November 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

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

  7. Catherine Harper on November 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Sorry the anonymous , forgot my name

  8. Sandt on November 21, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    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!!!

  9. Emilia Carvalho on December 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm


  10. Cheri on August 14, 2019 at 11:06 pm

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

    • Staci Ann Lowry on August 15, 2019 at 8:10 am

      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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