I saw these Christmas ornaments made out of wood spools and hymns, and I knew I just had to make one (or 50). It’s fairly simple, which is always a bonus for me.
Pictures of the supplies and assembly are at the bottom of the post.
- Wood spools of your choice. There are a variety of wooden spool shapes and sizes to choose from. (I used 1-3/16″ tall x 7/8″ in diameter with a 1/4″ hole for mine. I picked these up from Hobby Lobby Item #165969, but I noticed that the packaging was labeled wrong. It left off the “1 inch” part, so it just shows 3/16″ for the height. $3.99 for 20 pieces.)
- **Note** You will need to make sure that the beads/bead caps that you purchase are bigger than the spool’s hole, or else the spool will fall down over them. Of course, this is just important for the beads that are actually going to be up against the spool. You can put smaller beads in the middle or end of your patter.
- Sheet music of your choice.
- Wire of your choice. I chose some silver wire from the floral department at Walmart.
- Wire tools (need nose pliers, round nose pliers, and cutters). In the video, I used really small ones, because I bought them for my daughter. But I prefer the larger ones for Mommy hands 🙂
- You can use regular old glue, but I fell in love with this Elmer’s E4010 CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner. It’s double-sided adhesive dots, and they are clear. I also picked up a couple for the kids to use in Sunday School. So glad I found this!
- Beads and findings of your choice. Bead assembly can be tackled many different ways, but I chose to go with the EASY method.
- This is the exact crystal and ivory pearl and bead trim that I purchased from Hobby Lobby Item #558882. I chose this because it is already assembled with eye hooks, bead caps, pearl beads, and crystal beads. I can just unhook the section that I want. This setup is important for the bottom dangling piece of the ornament. You are going to need something that has a loop (eye pin) on it so you can slide it onto the wire. This is what is going to allow it to dangle.
- Black Pear Glass Bead Strand, Hobby Lobby #385906 are the other beads that I purchased. I was going for a certain “design closure” look up top on some of them, so I specifically wanted that pear shape to draw the eye down.
- beads from old jewelry
- Your other option is to buy the eye pins, bead caps, and beads separately and assemble your own pattern.
- Cut your sheet music to fit your spool. Take care to cut a section that will fit inside the ledges of the spool. This will prevent puckering of the tops of the paper. Always test your cut before gluing the paper in place.
- Apply a strip of glue to both ends of the BACK of the cut-to-size sheet music.
- Wrap the sheet music around the spool, taking care to keep it snug. We want these to look great for years to come.
- Cut a 12″ piece of wire. As you become more adept at the ornament-making, you can reduce this to your perfect size cut. But it’s always best to start larger when you are unsure.
- Take your dangling bead section (must have a loop) and slide it onto the wire.
- Collect both ends of the wire, and slide your spool down over that. If you have the right sizes of beads/spool, it will nestle in nice and snug.
- Slide your remaining beads down over the two wires (feed the two wires through the bead at one time). (Take notice that different beads also have different size holes in them.) After you are satisfied with your bead pattern, you will notice that the beads are still wiggly. This will be corrected in the next step.
- If you want your wire loop to be more decorative, then you will twist one wire around the other for a textured look. If you are not concerned about the texture, then skip this step.
- Create a loop with your wire that ends at the top of the bead section. Then twist it up tight, while leaving a hoop at the top section. Trim and crimp any wire edges.
- Enjoy your ornament!
Sunday School Craft Advice
For younger kids, this can be a great and fun craft.
- The key is to have all of the prep work done: have pre-cut wire and have the spools already wrapped in music.
- Make sure the kids have pre-assembled beads to choose from for the bottom dangling portion.
- Allow them to choose from a variety of beads for the top portion.
- You do the wire twisting when they are done.
Turn it into a Sunday School Lesson
Choose a Christmas carol. Research the story behind the carol and share with your class. Use sheet music of the carol to make your ornaments. Public domain sheet music (free for use) can be found at library.timelesstruths.org. Just make sure the copyright says “public domain”.
You can download a pdf of the “Away in a Manger” sheet music from them, along with many other loved Christmas tunes.