.Add a little bit of flash and interest to your Christmas tree with these DIY beaded coils. They’re springy, unique and simple to make!
It looks like this year I’m not quite going to get to all of my DIY Christmas trees and that kind of stinks. But I’ve decided that it is what it is and I’m doing my darnedest to share with you the trees I DID get to make this Christmas. Each of the trees I have made have been made specifically for my family. I made a unicorn tree for my sister and a sunflower tree for my mother. And I hope to get photos to share with you the tree I put together for my nephews soon. It’s definitely out of the ordinary :)
I did put together a small tree for myself, too, and I wanted it to be rich with my favorite colors and full of DIY charm. And the tree that I finished up is one that I just LOVE. Made just for me without having to cater to anybody else’s preference, I think this is my most favorite tree I’ve done up for myself in quite a while :)
Placing all of the ornaments I made for it including these pompom, that popcorn garland and these beaded coils my tree seems a little bit old fashioned to me. All I really need are some of those awesome bubbler lights. But there’s always next year for that!
To fill out my tree I pulled out various shatterproof ornaments from different sets to match the yarn colors in my poms. And I did have some cool ribbon to add to my tree but me being me, I lost it and can’t remember where I got it go get more :) All in all, it is a tree that makes me happy and one that I’m proud of. Maybe next year I’ll bust some of these ornaments out again and maybe next year I’ll even make a topper, too :)
Love those beaded coils? Want to DIY up your dream tree, too?
Supplies Needed to Make Your Own Christmas Ornament Beaded Coils:
- Hillman 18 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Swivel Lobster Claw Clasps
- Opaque Faceted Beads (colors and sizes listed below)
Initially I had purchased a couple of tubes of plastic beads from Michael’s online. But when they arrived they were nothing like I had thought they would from the photo online. Most of the beads were kind of an odd is it pastel is it neon yellow and even picking those out I wouldn’t have had enough. Because I needed some beads quickly so I could get these beaded coils done before Christmas I splurged a bit and bought some faceted beads from Amazon in the specific colors I wanted. I had to purchase a lot more beads than I needed and I have well over two-thirds of most bags to add to my craft stash.
Here are the colors and sizes I used:
- 12mm Dark Turquoise
- 6mm Dark Turquoise
- 6mm Green
- 10mm Green
- 6mm Dark Pink
- 8mm Dark Pink
- 6mm Red
- 10mm Red
- 12mm Baby Pink
- 10mm Baby Pink
- 6mm Baby Pink
- 12mm Baby Blue
- 6mm Baby Blue
I do like the variation I got in my coils by using beads in a variety of sizes. There are less larger beads than smaller per package but I still have about half of them left. I emptied about a third of each bag into a cereal bowl, gave them a quick swirl to mix them up and then got after it with gusto.
Coiled Christmas ornaments… Cats Love ’em!
These coiled bead Christmas ornaments attach to the tree using swivel head lobster clasps so they can be well secured discreetly in the tree’s branches. It’s really pretty darn cool because once they are attached to the tree they are freaking IN THERE. What’s not pretty darn cool is if you have cat that thinks these are toys instead of decorations your tree might tip over a time or a million. If you weight down your tree like I have in the past here or here you shouldn’t have a problem.
Preparing Your Wire Base.
Cut a length of steel wire that is 1.5 to 2 times the height of your Christmas tree. I cut my wires around 6 foot long and got a decent number of tight coils. This is a good length for small 4 foot trees. For larger coils that spill from your tree use more length, for tighter coils less.
Grab the end of your steel wire and twist it around the needle nose pliers as pictured to form a loop.
Remove the pliers and your loop should be rounded but still open.
Slide a swivel-headed lobster clasp onto the end of the wire, catching it in the curve.
Use your pliers to squeeze the loop closed to secure.
Adding Beads to your Coils.
Begin threading beads onto the wire in a pattern or totally at random. Continue beading the wire until you have around 0.25″ of wire visible at the end.
Using your needle nose pliers, curve the end of the wire inward to form a loop that stops the beads from sliding off of the wire.
Repeat the process to create as many coils as you need. I used 4 coils total for the visible front and sides of my tree.
Using Beaded Coils on Your Christmas Tree
To get a nice and uniform coil grab a cylinder like a sturdy cardboard tube, broom handle or PVC pipe and wrap the beaded wire around tightly.
Remove the coil from the cylinder and spread apart as needed.
Using the lobster clasp, secure the coil in the tree near the top. Be sure to hide the clasp deep inside of the tree. Securing them to near where the branch connects to the trunk worked best for me.
Hold the top of the coil where it sticks out from the tree. Gently pull the bottom to stretch the coil out to your desired length.