Making holiday ornaments is often a favorite activity come winter. Learn how to make this Scandinavian inspired DIY Wood Bead Snowflake Ornament this holiday season. All you will need are wood beads and wire. You will want to make a snowflake ornament for all of your friends! How darling would it look on the tree, hanging on a window or even as a gift topper? Don't be intimidated by all of the steps—you will get the hang of it and make a bunch in no time!

By Alice and Lois
November 10, 2017


Alice & Lois

This DIY wood bead snowflake ornament is a pretty way to trim your tree. With just a few simple steps, you can twist and shape your own snowflake ornament. Try coloring the beads or painting them gold for a pop of holiday cheer. 

What You'll Need

DIY Wood Bead Snowflake Ornament supplies
  • 48 unfinished wood beads (I used 14mm)
  • Craft wire (heavy enough to support wood beads—I used 22 gauge crafting wire)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Step 1: Make the first loop

Cut 48 inches of wire. Slide 6 beads onto wire, leaving about 6 inches of wire at the end. Then thread the long end of wire through the first bead so you can pull the wires taut.

Step 2: Thread on beads

Next, thread 5 beads onto the long wire. Make longer snowflake points by adding more beads. Try alternating colored beads here for a striped pattern.

Step 3: Loop the end

Next pull the wire through the second top bead. The top bead should be pulled on its side (see image).

Step 4: Finish the arm

Thread 2 more beads and then pull the wire through the bottom bead you added in the previous step (when you added five beads). See image for detail. Pull taut. You have completed your first of six arms of the snowflake!

Step 5: Loop through middle

Now thread the wire through the next bead on the original circle. You will follow steps 2-4 to complete five more arms of the snowflake.

Step 6: Finish the snowflake

Once you have completed the six arms of the snowflake, bring the two end pieces of wire together and pull taut. Wrap the wire together and trim. Add twine or thin ribbon to hang the ornament.


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