This Holiday season, my kids and I have really gotten into making homemade ornaments. When I was in school, we made items like this all the time, and I in turn gave them to my parents and other family members. There is just something really special about a present that is original, created by little hands, and truly valued by the giver and receiver.
I remembered making beaded ornaments one year and recalled just how much pride I had in my creation. I decided to share this craft with my children as well.
All you need for this craft is:
- fuzzy sticks AKA pipe cleaners
- crafting Tri-Beads, clear or multicolored (Michaels carries these so make sure you print a coupon)
- string or ribbon
- some creativity
To get started, I looped and twisted the end of the pipe cleaner and set my kids up with beads. I let them decide what colors they wanted and gave them full creative rights. They simply slide the beads onto the pipe cleaner and once it was filled, I wrapped the excess pipe cleaner around the loop.
We ended up with very colorful wreaths, but what was also nice is the fact that we could make shapes with the pipe cleaners like bells, diamonds, or hearts. I also cut the pipe cleaners to create stars and snowflakes.
When we were finished, I ran a piece of shiny ribbon I got from the dollar store through the loop so the ornaments could be hung up. My daughter has gotten a kick out of hanging her ornaments on presents for her grandparents.
The possibilities are endless with this craft, and you and your children can be as creative as you like. Hope you enjoy it this Holiday Season!