Holiday Ornaments Using Jewelry Techniques

by Cindi Bernloehr.
(United States)

Holiday Ornaments Using Jewelry Techniques by Cindi Bernloehr  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Wire Christmas Tree

I love the holidays and really enjoy creating handmade ornaments for our tree.

I have made bent & hammered wire (aluminum) shapes that look great and are so easy to make.

Each ornament used about 24″ of wire and end up about 4″ tall.

I have also added beads to give some “bling” and “sparkle”.

Holiday Ornaments Using Jewelry Techniques by Cindi Bernloehr  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Hot Air Balloon

Last year I tried a new project using leftover brass wire to make a Hot Air Balloon.

The balloon is a glass ball that I painted with acrylic and distressed with some ink stain.

The “ropes” are 4 wires about 18″ long.

I make a loop in the center over a pencil and twist. Then I split the wires – 2 on each side and twist about a 1/2″ from the top.

Holiday Ornaments Using Jewelry Techniques by Cindi Bernloehr  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Other Ornaments

Then I separate the wires, pairing them up with the pair next to it. I twist those wires about an inch down.

Then I split the pairs and twist the new pair again. (see the picture) I then attach the box/basket by wire wrapping each corner with the pair of wires next to it.

Add a paper doll and you are ready to hang on the tree.
Have fun and enjoy the holidays.

Holiday Ornaments Using Jewelry Techniques by Cindi Bernloehr  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Tree Display

Cindi Bernloehr
WoodStone Jewelry

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  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    I like your hot air balloon, Cindi – particularly the fellow standing in the basket! What a great way to use up bits of wire while creating fun holiday shapes.

  • Debra says:

    Very inspirational! I can’t wait to give this a try for my own tree! Make some for my sons so they will always have something mom made.

  • Lovely idea for your sons, Debra!

  • Rita says:

    So precious Cindi! I love the holidays too. I look forward to adding some new ornaments to our tree this year using your tips. Love the hot air balloon. Reminds me of my favorite movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz. Thank you for sharing.

  • It would be cool to cut out little people from the movie and put Dorthy and Toto in the basket.

  • Teresa Rusk says:

    They are fun to make and yours are so cute! I have made some myself using wire and beads. They are more icicle shaped I would say at about 6″ long.

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