Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beaded Christmas Ornaments with Kids

My kids loved making these beaded ornaments for our tree!  Our supplies included pipe cleaners and tri-corner beads (we only had white and red beads).  First, I threaded one bead onto a pipe cleaner and bent the end around it so the rest of the beads wouldn't slip off.  Then the kids went crazy threading beads.  When there were enough beads, we bent the pipe cleaners to make candy canes, wreaths, and Christmas trees.  The hooks are just made out of pipe cleaners, twisted onto the ornament.  Some of the bows you see are also made out of pipe cleaners, and one ornament is just a bow made out of three pipe cleaners twisted together. Two of them have silver ribbon bows that I hot glued on.

I actually tried this activity when Caleb was 3, and we invited a few other friends over to make them with us, but the kids got really frustrated because the holes on the tri-corner beads weren't big enough to string them easily.  This year, Caleb is 5 and had a lot more patience.  However, my 3 year old daughter was able to do it with no problems, and really enjoyed it.  So, while a 3 year old should be able to do this, it will probably depend on their personality. 

Are you making any homemade ornaments this year?  I'd love to hear about them!

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