Personalizing projects is one of my absolute favorite things to do. What’s not to love about customizing something, making it entirely your own? This tutorial shows you how to make handmade beaded letter DIY ornaments for your tree, for a garland, or maybe to hang with a gift tag.
This DIY ornaments post focuses on several different ways to build a letter, which should provide enough guidance to create the whole alphabet. However, if you’re stuck on a letter and need some help, feel free to ask in the comments below!
Beaded Letter DIY Ornaments Supplies:
- Darice 3 in 1 Jewelry Pliers with Cutter
- Darice 4 x 6mm Glass Bead Strand AB Mix (I used 2 strands for 6 letters)
- 3/8 inch Double Faced Polyester Satin Ribbon
- Darice 18 Gauge Silver Aluminum Jewelry Wire (I used 4 1/2 yards for 6 letters)
- Hot Glue Gun & Ruler (optional)
Step 1. For each letter, use a strand measuring double the desired finished length. The “C” is an easy one to start off with; I wanted mine to be about 6 inches long when straightened out, so I cut a 12 inch strand of wire.
Step 17. Here’s another way to make a more complex letter, such as a letter “E”. The three lines of an E are technically floating off of the main segment, so a slightly different technique can be used. Cut a strand of wire measuring double the the desired final length.
Step 18. Fold in half, with the main segment directly placed in the fold.
Step 19. Begin twisting.
Step 21. Repeat with the remaining parts.
Step 22. If necessary, you can add a dot of hot glue behind each connection. This is especially useful for parts that are more likely to move around, if the opposite end isn’t attached to something. Be sure to flip over the letter, then add the hot glue.
The awesome thing about these letter DIY ornaments is that you can personalize them as much as you need to. Create a loved one’s initials, or spell out a festive phrase. The possibilities of these DIY ornaments are more than endless. Enjoy!
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.