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How to make wire ornaments

A simple tutorial on how to make wire ornaments for your Christmas tree or decorate your home this holiday season.

Are you looking for a unique way to decorate your Christmas tree this season? Have you thought about making custom ornaments? There are many different ways to make an ornament, but this tutorial is about how to make wire ornaments. And they are easier than you would think to make.

make wire ornaments

As a side note, this tutorial is part of the Deck the Home challenge from At Home DIY. The Deck the Home challenge is a 5-week series with amazing holiday projects from 30+ DIY bloggers.

Each week there is a new theme, and this week’s theme is DIY ornaments. I will be sharing my project below, but after the tutorial, there is a link to all the other projects for the week, so be sure to check those out!

Now back to making your wire ornaments.

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DIY Wire ornaments



  • hammer
  • wire cutters
  • printer

You can print the material list and instructions below.

STEP 1: Printout design

The first step is deciding on your design. I decided to create a star and a Christmas tree.

To find the printout, I searched the internet for black and white clip art for the object I wanted. Then I saved the image to my computer.

Then I would recommend resizing the object so that it is around 4″ to 5″ but you can do whatever size you would like. Just make sure it will fit on your wood board.

After, print the object onto a paper.

homemade wire ornaments

SIDE NOTE: You can also freehand the design!

STEP 2: Secure the design to the wood

Now that you have your design attach the paper to the scrap board with tape.

Don’t worry about the paper being perfectly centered on the board, and I would recommend placing enough tape so that the paper does not move around.

STEP 3: Place nails

Now place nails onto the design wherever a point is or an arc. Place the nails wherever it is needed to give the template the correct shape.

nail for wire ornaments

TIP: Place a nail on the inside of a point and the outside of the indent point.

STEP 4: Wrap the wire around the template

Take the decorative wire, leave about 1-1/2″ to 2″ at the top of the template. This is so you can secure the end of the wires together.

Then start wrapping the wire around the template following the paper design.

wire ornament template

TIP: To give you a better point, wrap the wire around the nail, pull it straight then move to the next nail. See the video for an example of this.

Once you have come back to the start, wrap the beginning end around the wire. Then remove the wire design from the template.

Adjust anything that you feel needs to be adjusted, then create your hook and cut the wire with wire cutters.

Now create another wire ornament using the same template.

custom wire ornaments

Then place your homemade wire ornaments on your tree or around your home as Christmas decorations.

I hope this tutorial helps you make wire ornaments to decorate your home this holiday season. And don’t forget to check out the other DIY ornament tutorials.

See More DIY Holiday Ornaments Projects
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Interested in more DIY ornaments? Here are some other posts you might enjoy: DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments by The Sweetest Occasion | DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments by Hip2Save

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DIY Wire Ornament

make wire ornaments

Create a simple DIY wire ornament for your Christmas tree this year. But this ornament can also be used to decorate your home for the holidays as well.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • decorative wire (any color you want)
  • nails
  • scrap board


  • hammer
  • wire cutters
  • printerPrint


  1. Print out the design you want.homemade wire ornaments
  2. Secure the design to the scrap board with tape and place nails onto the design/template.nail for wire ornaments
  3. Wrap the wire around the template. wire ornament template
  4. Remove the wire from the template and finish the ends. custom wire ornaments


  1. How beautiful! They will look so nice on the tree with the greenery and lights showing and it would make a beautiful ornament garland.

    1. I agree! Thanks, Jenny!

  2. I LOVE these wire ornaments!! I would not have thought about using a piece of wood and nails to shape it!! Such a great idea!! They are wonderful!

    1. Thank you, Christine!

  3. These are gorgeous, I love the simplicity!!!

    1. Thank you, Katrin!

  4. I just love simple ornaments like this, Megan! Thanks for the amazing tutorial, too.

    1. Thanks, Meegan! I like how simple they are too!

  5. These are so cute, Megan. Love it. Adding them to my round up. :)

    1. Thank you, Stephanie!

  6. Love the simplicity of these ornaments! They’d look great hanging in a window, too. Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca!

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