Pin this on Pinterest

Spiral rope icicles

Stitch quick-and-easy icicles for your holiday decorating

Why wait until the busy holiday season to get started on your seasonal beading? These crystal icicles work up quickly, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your holidays year after year. 

Aqua icicle ornament 4 in. (10 cm)

  • bicone crystals (Swarovski, Pacific opal AB)
    • 17 6 mm
    • 14 4 mm
    • 12 3 mm
  • seed beads
  • 1 g 8/0 (Toho 176AF, frosted transparent rainbow soft gray)
  • 2 g 11/0 (Toho 150, Ceylon smoke)
  • 3 g 15/0 (Toho 284, aqua gold lined)
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 28- or 30-gauge wire
  • 12 in. (30 cm) 6 mm WireLace (turquoise)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test 
  • beading needles, #12 or #13
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
Spiral rope icicles 1
Photo a

1. Cut 6 in. (15 cm) of 28- or 30-gauge wire, and make a small wrapped loop about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from one end. With chainnose pliers, twist and pinch the loop shut to form a point (PHOTO A). This will be the bottom of the icicle.

2. On the wire, string a 15/0 seed bead, 20 11/0 seed beads, 30 8/0 seed beads, and a 15/0. Make a wrapped loop above the last bead.

3. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, sew up through the first three 11/0s strung on the wire, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

Spiral rope icicles fig 1
Figure 1
Spiral rope icicles fig 2
Figure 2

4. Pick up three 15/0s, sew through the three 11/0s on the wire again, and continue through the next 11/0 (FIGURE 1). The 11/0s are the core beads, and the other beads form a small loop. Push the loop to the left.

Spiral rope icicles 2
Photo b
Spiral rope icicles 3
Photo c

5. Pick up three 15/0s, sew through the top three core beads your thread just exited and the next core bead (FIGURE 2), and push the new loop to the left so it sits on top of the previous loop (PHOTO B).

6. Repeat step 5 twice.

7. For the next 12 stitches, continue working as in step 5, but pick up a 15/0, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0 for each loop. 

8. For the next 14 stitches, continue as in step 5, but pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0 for each loop. You will begin sewing through 8/0 core beads as you work the second loop. After working the 14th loop with a 4 mm, sew through one more core bead.

9. For the next 17 stitches, continue as in step 5, but pick up two 15/0s, a 6 mm bicone crystal, and two 15/0s, and sew through a total of five core beads for each loop (except the last loop, for which you will sew through only four core beads). End the working thread and tail.

10. Cut 12 in. (30 cm) of WireLace, and center the top wrapped loop on it. Make a small hanging loop, and tie a bow. Gently stretch the WireLace as desired to give the bow a ruffled appearance (PHOTO C).


Do you beading?

Then you’ll want to subscribe to Bead&Button magazine! You’ll get exclusive projects, gorgeous design inspirations, helpful advice about new products, and much more!

Want to leave a comment?

Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Get awesome news, tips, & free stuff!