How to make beaded Christmas stars for your tree

For some homespun charm this year

Colorful homemade bead decorations for Christmas
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With not long to go until Saint Nick pays us all a visit, it's time to update your tree decor for the holiday season. There are of course so many routes you could take but if there's a good time of year to craft, it's over the festive period; and making your own Christmas beaded stars is a super simple activity we are all here for.

If you love Scandinavian decor these homemade decs elevate the look with more color. But of course, you could keep your beads unpainted if you wanted an even more authentic finish.

Whether you've bought all your Christmas decs but need to add a bit more personality to your tree, or if you simply want a festive craft to try with friends and family, there are two Christmas beaded stars to make: one created using embroidery floss and the other wire, you're sure to love both!

Scandi style Christmas beaded decorations step by step

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You will need:

1. A selection of colorful wooden beads (opens in new tab)

2. Reel of embroidery floss (opens in new tab) and a needle (opens in new tab)

3. A paddle wire (opens in new tab)

4. Twine

5. Scissors

Mini star beaded decoration 

1. Add 10 beads to your embroidery floss

Scandi style beaded Christmas decorations step by step

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Thread up your embroidery floss and add 10 beads on to it, leaving a gap of around three inches at the end. 

2. Turn it into a circle and tie

Scandi style beaded Christmas decorations step by step

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Once you've got your 10 beads threaded, tie the loose end to the other end in a double knot, whilst keep the rest of the floss attached. Then, add two beads as shown. 

3. Thread through the beads

Scandi style Christmas beaded decorations step by step

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This is where it gets fiddly, but bear with it as the result is good! When you have your two beads on, then put your needle through the second bead on the right, as shown. 

4. Continue round the circle 

Scandi style beaded Christmas step by step

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When you get back to the top, add a single bead to the first group. Then, thread your floss through the next two beads on the right. When you've done that, thread it through the third one too, in this case, the yellow bead. Then you add a single bead to that and continue the process. 

5. Finish the circle 

Scandi style beaded Christmas step by step

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Complete the process until it looks like the one above. Tie it off and thread through your twine using the floss needle, this is how you'll hang it from your branches. 

Large pointed star decoration

1. Cut your wire to approximately 50 inches

Scandi style Christmas beaded star step by step

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Once you've cut your wire, add six beads to it. Pull the beads through so you have one short end of wire, about four inches. Then, take the longer end and thread that back through the first bead to make a circle. 

2. Add five beads to create the first point

Scandi style beaded Christmas star step by step

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Thread five beads through the long end of the wire so they sit on top of your circle. Then, thread the wire back through the second bead from the top (pale pink bead above), and then add a further two. 

3. Complete this section by threading it back through

scandi style beaded Christmas star step by step

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Thread the wire through the first of your five, in this case the yellow bead, then, take it through the dark pink bead as well. Once you've done this, add a new five beads to start the next point. Continue this method until you have a five pointed star. 

4. Once complete cut the wire

Scandi style beaded Christmas star step by step

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Turn the star around and twist the two wire ends together, cut it short and tuck the end into one of the beads. Then, add your twine loop so you can hang it up. 

How do you make beaded snowflake ornaments? 

Colorful bead decorations staged on grey cloth with sprigs of fir tree

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The best option is to use the second star step by step above. The shape could be either a star or a snowflake and you can create different style ornaments by using various beads. For example, for Scandi style as we've shown, wooden beads are perfect, to create a snowflake consider glass-effect plastic beads to create a more transparent result. 

Scandi style beaded Christmas decorations step by step

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Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 22 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for the modern bride. 

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