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A Pretty Beaded Ornament Pattern for Snowflakes

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Mary’s interests consist of cognitive therapy, developmental psychology, natural health & nutrition, gardening, and crafts.

Delicate, Lacy, Shimmering Bead Snowflake

Delicate, Lacy, Shimmering Bead Snowflake

Softly falling and delicately lacy snowflakes are a peaceful and beautiful site during the winter. When snowflakes are falling, the environment seems softened, bright, clean and quiet. As fresh snow softly blankets the ground it glistens from the light. It always feels more like Christmas time with snow. This pattern for snowflakes is a great way to capture the delicate beauty of snowflakes that will shine from the Christmas lights.

This bead snowflake pattern is an inexpensive and easy Christmas ornament to put together; which makes it great for a group or family activity. These homemade Christmas ornaments also make nice gifts to give to others, or keep them for your own Christmas ornament collection.


First, select three colors for your beaded snowflake ornament. For the one I’m making here, I have selected to make a bead snowflake set in blue tones. I choose blue tones because I like the cool icy look it creates. The three colors I have chosen are dark blue, light blue and clear.


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To complete one snowflake bead pattern, gather and prepare the following materials:

1 pipe cleaner craft stem cut into thirds; making three 4” stems

24 tri-beads

14 – 18mm starflake beads

14 - 6mm round faceted beads

2 - 7” strands of thread or clear nylon craft thread

Multi-purpose glue

Utilize the images provided for visual help through the steps.


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Instructions

1. To begin, take the three 4” sections of the craft stem and lay them over each other, with the center points overlapping, to form a six point star. Take one of the 7” strands of thread and tie the three stems together directly in the center to secure the star formation. Leave the long ends of the thread available as you need them for the next step.


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2. Take one of the remaining ends of thread and feed it through a starflake bead then through one faceted bead. Take the end of the thread and feed it back into the starflake bead and pull the beads against the center point of the bead snowflake formation.

Turn the snowflake ornament over and repeat the process with the other end of thread by threading one starflake and one faceted bead, then back through the starflake.

Take both of the remaining ends of thread and tie them tightly into a knot, securing the beads in center of the formation on each side. Cut of the remaining ends of the thread.


3-6. The next step for this snowflake beaded ornament is to slide one faceted bead onto each of the six stems.

Next slide two tri-star beads onto each of the six stems.

Now slide two starflake beads onto each of the six stems.

Then slide two tri-star beads onto each of the six snowflake stems.

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7. Put a dab of glue onto the ends of five of the stems of the beaded snowflake pattern before placing on the final two faceted beads. This will secure the beads in place.

On the one remaining stem put a dab of glue on the end and place one faceted bead onto the snowflake ornament stem.


8. Take the last 7” piece of thread and tie the ends together to form a loop. Now secure the thread loop around the stem, by pulling one loop end through the other loop end of the thread and pulling tightly in place around the beaded ornament stem.

Put a dab of glue on the end of the remaining stem and place the last bead on the end of the beaded snowflake stem. If you have some excess stem sticking out of the homemade Christmas ornament ends, clip them off with wire cutters or scissors.

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Mix it up!

No two snowflakes are a like, so you can also make each of your bead snowflake arrangements different to alter the look for each beaded snowflake pattern that you create. Study the images at the top and bottom of this hub for some snowflake bead pattern ideas.

You can also alter your color combinations. Previous combinations that I have used for sets of this beaded snowflake pattern were pink, champagne and clear; which turned out very pretty. I have also used a combination of light blue, champagne and clear; which created a Victorian lacy look. These are just a few examples of color combinations that I have used.

The point of this is to get creative, try matching up different color tones and bead arrangements and create your own bead snowflake combinations.


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© 2012 Mary Roark

Comments

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on November 12, 2018:

I love the look of these beaded snowflakes. I think they would be fun to make and beautiful to look at.

Jacobb9205 on February 10, 2015:

Looks awesome, voted up!

supalumbo40 from Louisana on December 05, 2013:

gorgeous! Can't wait to make these with my kids over the holidays.

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on December 02, 2013:

Thank you so much for your kind comments Just Ask Susan & DeborahNeyens . Of all my ornaments, these are still my favorites. I make them nearly each year for others as gifts.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 01, 2013:

These are beautiful and I'm hoping that I have the time to make a bunch of them for my tree this Christmas.

Voting up +++, sharing and pinning.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on December 01, 2013:

I love handmade ornaments and beading. Pinning this. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on January 25, 2013:

Thank you so very much unknown spy! :o)

Life Under Construction from Neverland on January 25, 2013:

Wow!! this is soo lovely! I love snowflakes and I really love your hub!

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on January 03, 2013:

Easy Exercise, I think this craft would be very fun to do in a group activity. I hope it goes very well for everyone. Thank you for your visit.

Rosie Writes, I have an assortment of more than a dozen bead ornaments. But during this past holiday season, I stared at the tree and thought "I need more of them!" :0)

Audrey Surma from Virginia on January 03, 2013:

These are very pretty. I bet a tree full of these would be gorgeous. You've done a great job giving simple-to-follow instructions.

Kelly A Burnett from United States on January 02, 2013:

Wow! I love this! I head up children activities at my church and this would be perfect for our volunteer who heads up crafts - I will print and retain for next years program - we already have the pipe cleaners - only need the beads and your instructions. Thank you very much!

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on December 06, 2012:

Thanks for visiting and commenting Lori.

By Lori from USA on December 05, 2012:

Very pretty - nice Hub I love snowflakes

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on November 23, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, Thank you so very much. I really appreciate your comment and your willingness to share. :o)

Claudia Mitchell on November 23, 2012:

Loved this so much I also shared it on my facebook fan page. It's so pretty!

Mary Roark (author) from Boise area, Idaho on November 20, 2012:

billybuc, Sherry, Glimmer Twin Fan, wshwaryaa22, brsmom68

Thank you all for your kind and supportive comments, for sharing this hub. Those of you who are going to give this pattern a try, let me know how it goes for you. I enjoy making these beaded ornaments and think they are some of the prettiest items that hang on our tree. :o)

Diane Ziomek from Alberta, Canada on November 20, 2012:

Those are very pretty. I have a few beaded ornaments I hang on my tree every year that I bought at a craft sale over 20 years ago. I attempted to make my own, but the ones I bought were much nicer. It is a project I would attempt again now that I am older, wiser and more patient.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 20, 2012:

A wonderful tutorial hub! Your beaded snowflake creations look very pretty and obviously, they make stunning Christmas tree ornaments. Your instructions are detailed with helpful photos. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

Claudia Mitchell on November 19, 2012:

These are beautiful! I'm going to have to give them a try. Pinned!

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 19, 2012:

Those are beautiful, I bet they really add sparkle to your tree. Great hub, voted up and shared.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2012:

How very crafty you are, Mary! Great craft project, and I'm going to share this with the Facebook writing sites and see if we can't get you some views. :)