Step 1: Materials
1. Wrapping paper
3. Glue stick
4. Exacto knife
6. Cutting surface
7. Pen or pencil
8. Clear nail polish
For the ornaments:
1. Wrapping paper beads
2. Assorted metal and glass beads
5. Wire cutters
6. Fishing line
Step 2: Bead Making
Once you have the paper trimmed, use a ruler to mark out half inches on the back side of the paper. I make a set on each side, which creates a guide to help cut straight edges.
Using the ruler as a straight edge, cut the strips. Next cut the strips diagonally.
Use a Q-tip with one tip cut off to roll the beads. Start at the wide end of a strip of wrapping paper. When you have the end of the strip wrapped around the Q-tip, run the glue stick over the rest of the strip of paper. Finish rolling the strip around the Q-tip. The newly finished bead should slide easily off the Q-tip.
After the beads dry, I place them back on the Q-tip and coat them with clear nail polish to give them a shiny protective finish.
Step 3: Putting the Ornaments Together
After the bead, get creative! Twist, fold, and/or crinkle whatever catches your fancy with the wire. After about an inch or two, add more beads. I usually use three paper beads and a couple of glass beads with a metal one thrown in. Then it's back to getting funky with the wire.
Depending on what you did with the wire at the top of the ornament, make another 180-degree bend in the wire to give yourself a place to which to tie the fishing line. You can see some examples in the pictures where you don't need to do this step.
Cut a length of fishing line -- it doesn't have to be too long. Tie it to the top of the ornament and then tie a loop in it. Now you can hang it on a tree, in a window, or on a gift.
Step 4: Using the Ornaments to Decorate Gifts
On wrapped boxes, tie an ornament into the bow. On gift bags tie an ornament to one of the bag's handles and let it dangle.
Everyone will love them and be very impressed with how crafty you are.