Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These Christmas ornament hooks add a touch of handmade elegance to your decorations.

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Yet they’re simple enough that they don’t upstage the ornament.

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These hooks make charming gifts and are quick to create.

They’re also a great way to use orphan beads from your stash.

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The finished size is about 2″ (51mm) long.

Supplies:

  • 18 gauge round wire – soft or half-hard, 5″ (127mm) long.
    I used Artistic Wire in “gunmetal” color.
  • A bead that will fit on your wire.
    I used a red seed bead, size 6/0, but you could use something larger if you wish.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Sharpie marker – to mark your wire and also to use as a mandrel.
  • Jeweler’s steel block and a plastic, rubber, or nylon hammer.

How to Make
Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks

Let’s start by a cutting your piece of wire 5″ (127mm) long:

Cut wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your Sharpie pen to make three marks on your wire, as shown below (the blue lines in the diagram are where you’ll mark your wire):

Marking the wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Marking the wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String your bead onto the wire, and slide the bead down to the centerpoint of the wire, right on the middle mark you drew:

Stringing bead onto Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll bend the wire on each side of the bead, so the bead will stay in the middle of the wire instead of sliding up and down.

Use the tips of your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire right next to one side of your bead:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . then bend the wire, creating enough of an angle in the wire that your bead can’t slide past that bend:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make a similar bend on the other side of your bead.

Use the tips of your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire right next to the other side of your bead:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and bend the wire in the opposite direction from the first bend – creating enough of an angle in the wire that your bead can’t slide past the new bend:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your bead should be held in place between the two wire bends, like this:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And your wire should look like this:

Bending wire next to bead for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to make the hooked ends on the wire.

We’ll use your Sharpie marker as a mandrel for bending the wire.

Lay one end of your wire across the marker, centering your ink mark on the Sharpie pen:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Place your thumb on top of your ink mark on the wire:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use the fingers of your other hand to press the wire ends straight downward:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make the same kind of hook in the other end of the wire – curving it the opposite way from the first hook.

Lay the straight end of your wire across the Sharpie marker, as you did before.

The short end of the previous hook should be pointing up:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Place your thumb on top of your ink mark on the wire:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use the fingers of your other hand to press the wire ends straight downward, as you did before.

Your wire should look like this:

Making hook ends for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll finish off your ornament hook by making a tiny loop at each end of the wire.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of one end of your wire:

Making loops at the ends of the wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then roll the wire end into a small loop:

Making loops at the ends of the wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Making loops at the ends of the wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now make an identical loop at the other end of the wire.

Your wire should look like this:

Making loops at the ends of the wire for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let’s close up the hooks just a little, so they’ll look prettier and will also work more securely.

Slip one of your hook ends onto the Sharpie and press the sides of the loop gently to close up the hook slightly:

Shaping the hooks for Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then do the same with the other hook end.

Your ornament hook should look something like this:

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll flatten the shape of the hooks, since they’re probably a bit wonky after all the wire bending we did.

Lay one hook end on your steel block (keeping the bead off the block) – and use your plastic, rubber, or nylon hammer to pound the hook all over, on both sides, so that the entire hook end lies nicely flat with nothing sticking up:

Hammering to flatten Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now do the same with the other hook end (again being careful to keep the bead off the steel block).

Your finished Christmas ornament hook may look something like this:

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To use your ornament hook, thread the ornament’s loop or string onto one end of the hook.

Then hang the other end of the hook on the Christmas tree branch (or wherever you want to hang the ornament).

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Easy Christmas Ornament Hooks - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Ginger Jones says:

    Happy Holidays Rena! I love this ornament hanger project! I’m a member of a gem & mineral club and we all share have strong interest in the lapidary arts. This ornament hanger will be a great place to display a small semi-precious stone or bead in the center. I’m planning to make a set of them as a gift for our Secret Santa. Thanks so much for another great project idea! Ginger

  2. Linda Lohraff says:

    I love this ornament hanger. It has given me a great idea for a few Christmas presents that I was stuck on!

  3. Judith Durling says:

    Love it! Thank you, Rena.

  4. Great way to use up orphan beads and scraps of wire too! Thanks Rena 🙂

  5. How clever!
    Even I do make a lot of jewelry I have never thought of that
    Thank you for sharing

  6. WOW what a great idea…. Love it
    Thanks Rena

  7. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer

  8. Jann Olson says:

    I love the fun look of these hooks. Very creative!
    hugs,
    Jann

  9. This is very smart and it certainly adds flair to the ornament. Instead of having string you add this hook and it makes the ornament so much prettier.

  10. What a great tutorial and pretty too! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cute idea!

  12. Great idea! Would tumbling them work-harden them as well as hammering??

  13. Mimi, thanks for asking! Yes, tumbling would work well for hardening the ornament hooks (unless you’re using a coated type of wire).

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