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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jazz Up Your Ornament Hooks

You may have noticed my beaded ornament hangers in yesterday’s Christmas tree post

IMG_3685I was inspired to make these when the folks over at were kind enough to send me some of their beautiful glass beads free of charge*.  This is an easy and quick way to add extra sparkle to some of your special ornaments. So today I’ll share a little tutorial with you.

You’ll need:

~wire ornament hooks (or floral wire)

~glass beads

~needle-nose pliers (optional)


IMG_3723*Note, I tried using the fancy gold hooks, but the wire was too thick and the beads wouldn’t fit.  Plain old cheapie hooks work best. 

I found the longer hooks work best because obviously you can get more beads on there:

IMG_3726 I had these crimping beads leftover from another project, so I used one as a stopper at the end of my hook.  If you don’t have these, just put your hook on the ornament first so the beads don’t fall off the bottom.

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Straighten out your hook with the pliers or your fingers: IMG_3731

String on your beads of choice: IMG_3732

And re-shape the top of the hook: IMG_3733

Voila! All done! IMG_3734 IMG_3738 IMG_3740

I made another version using floral wire: IMG_3741

Twist one end around the top of your ornament with the pliers: IMG_3742

String on the glass beads.  I used a beautiful Christmas MixIMG_3744

Make a loop and twist the wire back around the base: IMG_3745 IMG_3746

Too cute! IMG_3749 IMG_3751

Here’s another version with the Christmas mix: IMG_3753  IMG_3754  

Artbeads has a wonderful selection of glass beads, as well as all other different types of beads so you can really get creative with this project.  It’s the perfect addition to my DIY Personalized Ornaments!

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This post brought to you by Gidget, the holiday elf!


*Disclosure: The glass beads used in this project  were kindly provided free-of-charge by, within the frames of blogging program. I have not received any compensation from The post above represents my honest personal opinion.


  1. These are absolutely beautiful and a wonderful idea!

  2. I love your beaded hangers, how clever you are. They really make such a difference.
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  3. These are really pretty! Such a great way to glam up the hooks!

  4. Love it! That is so pretty and creative. Thanks for the idea

  5. Those are fabulous!

    Ornament hangers are a necessary evil, but now you have made them a highlight:)

  6. I love this idea. I need to remember this for next year.

  7. Ooh I love how that turned out!

    Ahhhh artbeads - how do I love thee? More than the breadth and width of my checking account...heehee ;)

  8. Love the Saints stuff! I'm a bayou gal myself from Houma!

    Love your blog - I'm a stalker and I grabbed a button too!

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  9. Oh. my. gosh. these are SO cute, I NEVER would have thought of that! I just hate the plain hooks, but when I tried using ribbons, that was too much. Beads are beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

  10. What a great idea...those are so cute and a great way to use extra beads...thanks for sharing!

  11. Brilliant idea, they look so special. TFS! :)

  12. Very chic! I love the idea, (it's too late for me to do this year, but I will next!)

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Besides being prettier than plain wire, you can find the hangers easily when they drop on the carpet. I stopped using wire hangers after stepping one too many stuck in the carpet in July!

  14. very pretty! and it adds so much!


  15. What a great idea! It jazzes up a normal ornament & makes it look so beautiful! :)

  16. Thank you so much for sharing, I love this idea!
    Holiday hugs, Erika :)

  17. Dang, that's clever!

    Warm blessings,

  18. super cute. Love the fleurs.
    Thanks for posting another fabulous idea.

  19. Oh those are beautiful! Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

  20. You've been featured.

    Merry Christmas

  21. They are just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. I just love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. I started making some very elaborate beaded ornaments from kits many many years ago. Once my children were born I just couldn't take the roughly 25 hours necessary to make just one ornament. But I still wanted to make something, so I found a way to make simpler beaded ornaments.


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