Being a creative and crafty person at heart, it is so hard for me to browse online and not see something – well everything – that I want to attempt to make myself. These adorable wood bead wired Christmas trees are just one of those projects. What I discovered is that they are so very easy to make too!
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Wood bead crafts have become a favorite of mine in the past year. Recently I shared how I used wood bead for the legs for my post on how I used wood beads for my DIY Toilet Paper Upcycled Gnomes. So of course when I saw on Pinterest these creative little wood bead wired Christmas trees, I had to find a way to make them for myself.
My version however, does not require glue to secure the wood beads to the wire to create the tree shape, except at the top to hold the star in place. To be honest, I didn’t want to use glue on the wood bead trees because one day I might want the reuse the beads for something else. That is just the way my mind works. So below is my quick tutorial on how to make these wood bead trees without glue.
To make your own Wood Bead Wired Christmas Tree, you will need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
In the photo above you see that I had pulled out some pretreated wood slices. My idea was to use them as the base for the wood bead trees, but they were too small, so I didn’t use them. So ignore them in the photos. But if you want to use the idea, I think they would look charming on the wood slices.
The first step to creating a wood bead wired Christmas tree is to create the basic shape of a tree with the 16 gauge wire. I started by cutting a length of the 16 gauge wire in about 36 inches. This does not have to be an exact measurement. I tried for either 5 or 6 loops for each tree I made so if you want more or less beaded loops, cut the wire to whatever size you need.
On the bottom loop of the tree shape, I created a small loop at the end of the wire to hold the beads on the wire. This not only holds the beads on the wire, but also allows you to remove the beads if you decide at any time to remake the tree or reuse the beads.
Using the Styrofoam cone as a guide, wrap the wire around the cone about 5 or 6 times to bend the wire in the shape of the tree. The longer you cut the length of wire, the more loops you can create for the tree. I will caution here though that the wood beads get heavy the more you add to the wire so your tree may not stack the same with the extra weight added on.
As you can see, I also left the plastic on the Styrofoam cone to keep the wire from cutting in to it. I may or may not have other plans for this cone.
This step is pretty self explanatory, but you just start sliding the wood beads on to the loops of the tree shape. Yes, it is just that simple and easy. I don’t have an exact count of how many beads I put on the trees because I just kept adding beads until the wire was full. I bought a large bag of 300 wood beads on Amazon so I had plenty to use.
Once I reached the top of the wire loops of the tree shape, I then created another small loop at the top wire to hold the beads in place, and to create the tip to glue the wood star in place.
I think this project took me less than 20 minutes to make. It is just that simple and totally adorable when it is done.
Leaving the wood beads natural for this tree was by choice for me. I like the look. But I would also like the look of this wood bead tree if it was painted or stained. If I make a few more wood bead wired trees, I may try it in different colors.
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Be sure to visit all of the other wildly creative projects that some very talented bloggers have created for this blog hop this month, starting with Terri from Decorate and More With Tip and her Wreath Wall Decor DIY project.
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