Wood Bead Christmas Ornaments

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Wood bead garlands are so popular right now and are used in home decor all year round. I thought that I could use that idea to make wood bead ornaments. The best thing about using wood pieces is that you can paint them the colors you are using in your Christmas decor. Here’s how I made mine. Thanks so much to DecoArt for sponsoring this post. I use their paint all the time because they have such a wide variety along with many other craft supplies. Today I am using their Extreme Sheen line and I honestly love it because it’s water-based acrylic and the colors are so vibrant. Another thing I was thrilled about is how evenly the colors dried. 

Wood Bead Christmas Ornament Supplies


  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen Paint
  • Wood beads in a variety of sizes
  • Paint Brush
  • Twine/jute
  • A variety of Christmas items like stars, bells, and snowflakes (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Craft Supplies

Wood Bead Christmas Ornament Instructions


  • Decide the size, order and color of the beads you want to have in your ornaments.
  • Paint the wood beads in the colors of your choice. Let dry. (I am loving the glittery colors of DecoArt’s Extreme Sheen paints! Don’t you think Christmas should be sparkly. I highly recommend you going here to check out all the colors and varieties of paint DecoArt has.)

Glitter Paint

  • To put together the ornaments cut about a yard of twine or jute and fold in half. If you are adding a Christmas ornament or item to the bottom insert one end of the twine through the hole in the ornament and slide to the middle. Knot both pieces of the twine together right above the ornament.

Making a bead ornament

If you are not adding an ornament or are going to create a tassel knot the folded end of the twine leaving about a half inch loop.

Painted Wood Beads

  • Thread your beads onto both pieces of twine in the order you have decided. Once done knot the twine right above the last bead you put on.
  • Leave approximately 3-4 inches of twine above the top bead for hanging and knot it at the top. Cut off any excess twine.

Glittery Beaded Ornaments

  • If you decide you want to add a tassel of twine or thin ribbon wrap them around your four fingers about eight times. Remove from your hand and cut open one end of the circle.

Making a jute tassel

  • Thread all the pieces through the loop at the bottom of your beads. Cut another 12 inch piece of twine or ribbon and wrap it around tightly at the top of the tassel. I like to use a glue gun to secure both ends.

Beaded Ornament With A Tassel

There are so many options with this way of creating ornaments. I’m thinking about adding a Christmas word to the large gold star and adding a Christmas bow here and there. I’m so excited to see the way they add a unique look to my tree.

wood beads


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There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. love this idea with beads I have lots of wooden beads from my beading days. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. Wood beads are so popular. All are cute, but I like the one with the little white xmas tree best!

  3. I’m really loving the finish on the sheen paint you used. Your wood beaded ornaments are so pretty and I love the boho vibe. Red is my favorite color so my favorite is the red star but they are all equally beautiful.

  4. How pretty those bead ornaments turned out! I really like them.

  5. Very pretty ornament and I really like all the different colored beads.

  6. I can’t wait to make these next Christmas. I make ornaments for my granddaughter to give to her teachers as well as for the caregivers who provide care for my mother-in-law!

  7. Cute idea. I think I will make some of these for my daughter’s staff at her day program

  8. nice!

  9. I’m a huge fan of the blog post you wrote on Wood Bead Christmas Ornaments and the creative way you connected the dots. I’m always looking for unique ways to share my blog posts, and I’m always amazed at how well you’re able to do it.

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