Beaded Christmas Ornaments
Turn a satin ornament into an heirloom.
Last year I bought a bunch of vintage beaded satin ornaments from Etsy. Some needed repair and I just fell in love with them as I was working with them. I already had some beads from the copper wire hummingbird feeders that I make, so I purchased some more beads new and then I found a great vintage lot on Etsy to add to the authenticity of the ornaments. I decided to make a bunch as gifts and of course a few more for myself.
What you will need
- Satin ornaments with a Styrofoam core
- trim and/or lace
- variety of beads
- pins in varying lengths
- tacky glue that dries clear
There really is no right or wrong way to make one of these ornaments. Here are some guidelines to get you started. Be as simple or as elaborate as you would like to be.
- Get a basic idea in your head on the pattern you would like to follow on your ornament. I generally work in quadrants of four; dividing the ornament into four equal sections and designing the same pattern within each section. You can certainly work with a random pattern as well.
- Then I glue down any trim, lace or other notions that I want to be in the background. Gluing the entire piece down depends on if you will have any pins stuck in the trim later on. Generally, I will add a little glue along the ends to keep the trim from fraying and a drop of glue every inch or so along the trim to secure it even more than with pins alone. Also, don't be afraid to layer different trims to create a more elaborate trim design.
- Now it's time to start building your ornaments with sequins, beads, pearls, etc. The more beads you will have on the pin, the longer the pin needs to be. Depending on the foam core that your ornament has, you may only need about a half an inch of pin actually inside the ornament to hold the pin securely. If any pin does not feel snug, then put a drop of glue on the end of the pin as you insert it into the ornament to help hold it securely. Try to only insert the pin into the same hole only once to keep the hole snug.
- Add a ribbon or some other hanger to the ornament when you are done.
Here are some more photos to give you ideas. And don't forget to visit the other ornament pages for more Christmas ornament ideas. They make great inexpensive gifts for teachers, co-workers or even as hostess gifts.
These next two ornaments were made by my Grandmother, probably back in the 60s or 70s.