Today I'm sharing some Christmas ornaments using one of my favourite craft materials - Hama beads! These ornaments for the Christmas tree are really easy to make, and even little ones can join in and make their own simple decorations
This Christmas I have been chosen as a Fantastic Ribbons blogger, and today I'm using some of their lovely Christmas ribbon. The ribbon that I have chosen is the 15mm Satin Ribbon "The Holly and the Ivy", priced at £2.50 for a generous 4m roll. If you want to see what I did with the other ribbon have a look here - Simple Christmas crafts using ribbon.
I love the rich green colour of the ribbon. It may be that when we come to decorate our tree the colour becomes a little lost in the green of the tree, so I might use the ornaments to decorate the fireplace instead, but these would look lovely on a white or pale coloured tree. Here are my finished Hama bead ornaments!
The ornaments are really simple to make using just the square Hama bead pegboard. Here are the basic designs that I used, but you could vary them in all sorts of ways using different colours and patterns. The key element to include in your design is the top part which you use to hang the ornament and to wrap the ribbon around. I used gold Hama beads for this part but yellow would work just as well.
When you have ironed the designs (I ironed on both sides to make them really sturdy) you just need to tie a length of ribbon around the top to form the bow. Then take some thin thread or cotton and use a needle to thread it through the Hama beads on the top layer and tie to form a loop. Even if the hole has closed as a result of the ironing, the beads should still be soft enough to easily push a needle through.
These ornaments are so simple to make that children can get involved too, and they make a lovely small gift to pop in with a Christmas card!
You can find all my Hama bead crafts here on my Hama bead page!
As a Fantastic Ribbons blogger I received these two rolls of Christmas ribbon to review.