Beaded Ribbon Ornament

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For todayā€™s Handmade Christmas 2010 holiday ornament, I took inspiration from a necklace tutorial I adore on one of my favorite creative blogs, A Beautiful Mess.

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These beaded ribbon ornaments are easily customizable to fit create a special gift, using specific colors or beads that are a favorite of your loved one.  I decided to use red, white, and green candy striped ribbon for a classic holiday theme.  The addition of heart shaped beads, rather than all pearls, adds a little bit of extra love in your gift giving šŸ˜‰

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Materials Needed  
Ribbon, 12 inches
Beads, 8 total
Needle small enough to fit through beads, threaded with your choice of thread

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Instructions

Step 1: fold one end of ribbon over to create a small square.

  • note: if your using one sided decorative ribbon, you want the decorative side showing with the fold.

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Step 2:  Thread through the newly created folded over square, starting on the underside in order to hide the knot. 104_6879

  • Note: The fold hides the knot.

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Step 3: Thread your first bead, resting the bottom of the bead on the fold.

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Step 4: At the top of your bead, create a new fold in the ribbon, and sew through both layers of the fold, creating a small ruffle.

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Step 5: Add your next bead.

  • Note: In this case, because I am using two styles of beads and creating an every other pattern, I am using the pearl. 

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Step 6: Repeat step four, creating another ruffle.

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Step 7: Continue adding beads and creating ruffles until youā€™ve added all 8 beads.

Step 8: With remaining ribbon, create a loop to use when hanging ornament on the tree.  Use a simple stitch with the thread and needle to secure.

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  • Have you signed up for the Ornament Swap!?!? Itā€™s not too late.  Check out the THS Ornament Swap post to learn how it works, then send an email including your name, mailing address, and the amount of ornaments youā€™d like to swap to thenheathersaid@gmail.com before December 1st. Also ā€“ please advise if you would be willing to ship to US, Canada and/or internationally!

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