Christmas break is fast approaching! Kids will be home, looking for something to do as they await the big day. How are you going to keep them occupied?
Bring out the beads! Today I’m sharing 4 beaded Christmas ornaments that kids can make.
These beaded Christmas ornaments are fun to make, and look beautiful on the tree. Plus, they are perfect to make when you’re stuck inside with the kids on a cold day.
Beaded Icicle Ornament
To create your own bead icicle ornament, start off with a white pipe cleaner. For the one pictured we chose to use all clear beads in 2 different sizes, threading the smallest ones on first to create the bottom of the icicle. However, we have done a few in colored beads as well, and each one is beautiful!
To ensure little fingers don’t pull beads off later, I used a drop of white glue on the ends of our pipe cleaner when we finished. For some of our icicles we added a bit of ribbon and a few broken bits of junk jewelry I have in our craft supplies. Then we just added a string and were ready to hang it on the tree!
Beaded Star Ornament (or snowflake)
To start with you will need 3 white pipe cleaners. Twist their middles together to form 6 points for your star. For the one pictured we used clear star beads in white and blue. You could also use clear tri-beads or clear round beads.
Challenge little ones to create a pattern that they can repeat on each arm of the star. Again, bending the ends of each pipe cleaner around the last bead will help secure them; I also added a bit of craft glue on the ends to keep little fingers from taking them apart later.
Candy Cane Beaded Ornament
Once again start with a white pipe cleaner. We used red and white tri-beads to create our candy canes, but I’ve also seen them done with round beads and even clear ones! Once you have enough beads on the pipe cleaner, simply bend the top to form a candy cane. (And, yes, I bent the tips on these and added a bit of glue, too!)
Beaded Wreath Ornament
Grab your pipe cleaner and thread on the beads of your choosing. For the one above we used green star beads and silver round beads. We’ve also done it with red and green beads. Once you have enough beads added, you will bend the pipe cleaner into a circle and twist the 2 ends together. We covered our twisted ends with a pretty ribbon bow. Add a string to hang it and you’re finished!
What I love about beaded Christmas ornaments is that they are easy to make and each one is unique! You can create an unlimited variety using different beads and adorning them with various ribbons, etc.
Looking for more homemade ornament ideas?