How to Make Christmas Balls Out of Beads

Beads make the ball image by Linda Johnson


What is so wonderful about Christmas balls with beads? You can make as many shiny, glittery, beaded Christmas ornaments as you like, and no two of them need to look the same. You can make them in a multicolor theme, or use many variations on your particular Christmas color theme. Have you decided to decorate for Christmas in red and white this year? Then make red and white beaded Christmas balls to carry out the theme.

Decorate Christmas Balls with Tiny Beads

Step 1

Spread clean plastic sheet on surface in your work area.

Step 2

Sprinkle red seed beads over the plastic surface.

Step 3

Make a loop of plastic thread and affix to each ball with a decorative straight pin. Add an ornament hook to the string. Hang the balls on a string so they swing freely.

Step 4

Spray balls with red paint (or your choice of color), one ball at a time. Immediately roll each ball in seed beads while paint is wet. Let dry.

Step 5

String beads on long plastic thread in a pattern such as 10 seed beads and one large bead, 10 seed beads and one large bead. Knot each end of the string. Put a pin through the knot and affix to the top of the ball. Loop the string so the big bead is at the down point, and bring thread back up and around the pin. Keep doing scallops around the ball.

Step 6

Glue larger beads to the ball in a random pattern.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves and paint clothes when spraying balls. Keep small beads away from children who might swallow them.

Things You'll Need

  • Red seed beads
  • Larger beads
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Red spray paint
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Decorative straight pin
  • Clear plastic thread
  • Ornament hooks
  • Plastic sheet


  • Elaborate beading patterns for ornaments.
Keywords: Beaded, Christmas, balls, crafts, beading

About this Author

Linda Johnson is a veteran writer, TV and radio producer. ad agency owner, winner of Addy Awards, First Place Award for Best National Public Service Film, AC's Funniest Writers 2009. She has published hundreds of articles on the internet, Poetry Guide, Indianapolis Star, and Indianapolis Dine magazine.

Photo by: Linda Johnson

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