Beading Projects

Four Christmas Charms for Bracelets

Who doesn’t love a charm! These four charms can be added to an earhook to make earrings, a chain to make a necklace or a charm bracelet. You could even add them to a wine glass charm or a keyring.  The possibilities are endless.

The first three are aimed at beginners and literally take minutes to make. The Christmas Wreath requires a little more skills but is certainly not too difficult.  Why not give it a try.

Materials

To make it super easy for you I’ve made up some kits which contain all of the components you will need. You can purchase the kit here.

If you don’t have access to purchase the kit you will need (to make two):

Christmas Angel

12mm Acrylic Faceted Round Beads x2

6mm Vacuum Beads x 2

Angel Wing Beads x 2

Christmas Ornament

12mm Acrylic Rhinestone Ball x2

8mm Beaded Rondelle x2

6mm Bicone x2

11/0 Silver Lined Seed Beads x4

3mm Corrugated Ball x2

Christmas Candy Cane

3.5cm Ballpin x2

11/0 Silver Lined Seed Beads x16

11/0 Opaque Seed Beads x14

Christmas Wreath

20mm Round Drop x2

6mm Faceted Crystal Glass Beads x10

6mm Vacuum Bead x10

6mm Wrapped Filigree Charm x2

26 Gauge Wire x60cm

Tools

You will also need:

Round nose pliers

Chain nose pliers

Flush cutters

Instructions

Watch the video or read the instructions below.

Christmas Angel

Feed the beads onto the eyepin in the following order:

  • 12mm Bead
  • Angel Wings
  • 6mm Vacuum Bead

Trim the eyepin to within about 1cm of the beads. Make a loop (watch the video for full instructions) and attach the charm to whatever you want, for example add the ear hook for an earring or attach to a jump ring and a chain for a necklace.

Christmas Ornament

Add the beads to the eyepin in the following order:

  • Rhinestone Ball
  • Beaded Rondelle
  • Bicone
  • Seed Bead
  • Corrugated Ball
  • Seed Bead

Bend the eyepin at right angles to the top bead. Trim the eyepin to about 1cm from the top bead.

Make the loop and attach to your bracelet, necklace or earhook.

Christmas Candy Cane

Feed eight red and seven white seed beads onto the ballpin alternatively, starting and ending with a red.

Bend the ballpin over so that it is at right angles to the beads.  

Make the loop. Turn the work so that you are now working with the ball end.

Very carefully bend the beaded wire around the top of the jaws of your round nose pliers.  Don’t squeeze as you will break the beads.

Attach either a jump ring or ear hook between the beads at the top of the curve.  Reshape as necessary.

Christmas Wreath

Cut a piece of 26 gauge wire about 30cm long. Put it through the loop of the drop and wrap the short end around four times ending on the back. Push the loops together so that they sit nice and tight.

Trim the wire on the back using the flush side of your cutters and push down any ends.

Add a green bead. Make a little space between the wraps and the bead and bend the wire so that bead sits against the ring of the drop.

Feed the wire through the ring and wrap three times around the ring. Push the wraps up close to the bead.

Alternate red and green beads wrapping three times between beads until you have all the beads in place. You may have to reposition the beads to make them all fit.

Add the last bead and wrap the wire around four times ensuring the wraps sit between the bead and the connector part of the loop. End the wrap on the back. Trim off the wire and push down any ends.

Now you can attach the charm to your project.

These are four very quick and easy charms to make. They took me about an hour to make two of each of them.

As always if you liked this project, check out my other beading tutorials, either in the Create section or on my YouTube channel. Please leave me a comment below and let me know if you like this project.

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