DIY Angel Beaded Ornaments How-To

Throwback Thursday: Beaded Ornaments

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to look back into some of the Beadwork archives and see what festive things were being cooked up long before I started working at Interweave. I came across these sweet little angel beaded ornaments (featured in the October/November 2001 issue), which are super-quick to whip up and would make a perfect gift for teachers, aunts, neighbors—you name it!
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Beaded Angel Babies

Materials:

  • (1) white 6mm round imitation pearl
  • (1) silver or gold 1 1/2″ eye pin
  • (25) size 8° seed beads, your choice of color
  • (26) size 3 or 4 bugle beads, in a matching or complimentary color
  • (1′) gold 24-gauge craft wire
  • (6 1/2—7″) white 1″ ribbon (wired ribbon works best)
  • Size B or D beading thread to match ribbon
  • (4″) gold cord

Tools:

  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

Instructions

Body and Head

Step 1: String the pearl onto the eye pin. Form the leftover length of the eye pin into a halo shape. Cut the excess wire. Use the needle-nose pliers to wrap the end of the wire so it doesn’t protrude (see Figure).

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Step 2: Wrap the end of the craft wire onto the eye of the pin. Make sure that the craft wire will not come off by wrapping it through the eye twice. String a pattern of 1 bugle and 1 seed bead, until 8 bugles have been strung. Hold the angel upside down to make sure that the beads are flush to the eye pin. Thread the end of the wire through the eye and repeat, adding beads two more times. There should be 3 loops of beads on the eye pin, forming the angel’s dress.

Making sure all the beads are flush to the eye pin, wrap the wire twice around the angel’s neck and cut. Use the needle-nose pliers to make sure that the end of the wire doesn’t protrude.

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Step 3: Fold the ribbon into a loop. Using needle and thread, baste up the middle of the wings using 1⁄4″ stitches. Pull the thread tight to gather the middle of the wings to 1⁄4″ and wrap the thread around the middle twice. Pass through the middle so that the needle comes out the front of the wings. Wrap the thread around the angel’s neck and pass through the wings (in and out) and wrap around the neck of the angel two more times.

Arms

Step 4: Pass through to the front of the angel. String 1 bugle, 4 seed beads, and 1 bugle. Pass in and out of wings and secure with a knot at the back of the wings and trim.

Finishing

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Step 5: Tie the ends of the gold cord together and place it between the wings and the body of the angel. The top of the cord should come up from behind the angel’s neck. Tie a loose overhand knot behind the head to secure the cord.

For more beaded ornaments to make, visit www.interweave.com for instant downloads of these patterns and more:

Christmas Ornament Necklace and Earrings

Holiday Carol Ornament

Christmas Wreath

Happy Beading!

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Debbie Blair

Editor, Beadwork magazine