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Cute Beaded Icicle Swirls



These beautifully decorated icicle swirls would look brilliant hanging on your Christmas tree. They're easy to make and you can reuse them year after year. All you need are some sequins, tinsel and beads. They also make for great gift wrappers.


  • 12 inch piece of metallic tinsel stem (or pipe cleaner)
  • A large round sequin
  • 30 – 6mm plastic faceted beads
  • Scissors
  • Ruler



  1. Cut a 6 inch piece of tinsel stem. Straighten it with your fingers. (See photo)

  2. Slip the end of the stem into the hole on the sequin, and then bend the stem to hold the sequin on. (See photo)

  3. String on 15 faceted beads. Stack them next to the sequin at the bottom. (See photo)

  4. Wrap the stem around a pencil (or your finger) to form the swirl. (See photo)

  5. Curl the top of the stem with your fingers to form the hook at the top of the stem. This can be used to hang your finished ornament.


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I love this idea, my grandkids and I love to it a create with beads and this will be perfect for them. Thanks for sharing.

lil leprechaun

These are great! I have a few ideas on how to use the basic idea and adapt it a bit. Instead of the sequin at the bottom, I'm going to have the kids put their school picture (cut in a circular shape and glitter around the edge) on the bottom for gifts for the family. Little charms would work great,too.


I made some of these with my 3 yearold granddaughter. We had a blast. She sould do them by herself and I gave her a variety of beads. She made them for gifts.


This is a great idea. By the way LADYPG, the other 15 beads are to make another ice-icicle.


It appears instructions are for TWO ornaments (12" stem - but 6" used for ornament). Patti Ryan Editor Totally-Creative Magazine www.totally-creative.com

Crafter 14577

why do directions call for 30 beads but only uses 15 beads where do the other 15 beads go


What a simple lovely idea! A great project to do with your kids and grandkids.


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