I love to create unique decorations for Christmas, and since I had a ton of wood beads and bells, I decided to create blue Christmas ornaments using them.
Most of my tree ornaments are traditional colors, so I decided to break from tradition and make some DIY ornaments in pretty shades of blue to make my ribbons. My new color scheme of blue and silver is perfect for cozy winter wonderland tree ornaments.
I can just imagine how these ornaments will look in a white Christmas tree.
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How to Make Blue Christmas Ornaments
My inspiration for these DIY blue Christmas ornaments was this blue gingham ribbon. Last year I decorated a tree with red and white gingham ribbons and decorations, but this year I wanted to break from my traditional Christmas decorating style.
Blue Christmas Ornaments DIY Supplies
- Wood beads
- Gingham ribbon
- Baker’s twine
- Wire threading tool
- Jingle bells
- Paint to match the ribbon
Note: I highly recommend watching my how-to-make wood bead ornaments video before you begin.
First Step: Paint Wood Beads
To begin making these tree ornaments, I paint the wood beads to match my ribbon.
The paint I used was easy to find acrylic paint. However, the blue in the ribbon was impossible to match to any color, so I mixed cobalt blue with a little dark gray to achieve the “match.”
The easiest way to paint the wood beads is to skewer them on toothpicks.
Note: You can omit this step if you use unpainted natural beads for these wood bead ornaments.
After my blue painted wood beads were dry, I painted the white dots using the end of my paintbrush.
To dry my painted beads, I used a cardboard shipping box. The corrugated structure is perfect for holding the toothpicks.
Second Step: Treading Beads
After all the painted beads are dry, I remove them from the box and place them on a paper plate to keep them from rolling off my work surface. Trust me; I learned this the hard way.
I use the threading tool made with floral wire to thread all my wood bead projects.
To make a threading tool, cut the wire, then fold it in half, and twist it together, leaving a loop at the folded end.
Before threading the beads, I double-check that I have all the beads on my paper plate since it is difficult to change the bead arrangement after they are threaded. Therefore I arrange the beads on my plate before threading them.
Thread the baker’s twine through the wire loop, then pull the baker’s twine through the beads.
Add Jingle Bells to Blue and White Beads
After adding the jingle bell, pull the baker’s twine back through the wood beads by pushing the empty wire threading tool from the top of the ornament to the bottom.
Next, thread the baker’s twine through the wire loop and pull it back through the beads to the top of the ornament.
Cut off the baker’s twine longer than needed.
Next, I make a double knot to secure the beads and bell in place.
Third Step: Make Gingham Ribbon Bow
Add a simple one-loop ribbon bow to the ornament using the baker’s twine ties.
Then make a double knot and a hanging loop with the baker’s twine.
Next, trim the twine and the cut ends of the ribbons.
I like to cut the ribbons at an angle.
Finishing DIY Blue Christmas Ornaments
To protect the cut ends of the ribbons and baker’s twine I apply a thin bead of Fray Check to the cut edges on a paper plate.
These handmade ornaments make a thoughtful budget-friendly gift. I like to give them as an ornament set.
They are also a gorgeous gift box topper (see how I wrap a gift like a pro in this earlier post).
More Blue Christmas Decor Ideas:
These cozy DIY sweater ornaments have the same blue and white baker’s twine as the blue and white beaded ornaments.
You could also paint some blue and white Chinoiserie ornaments. Learn how with these easy step-by-step directions at Simple Nature Decor.
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