Kids love making craft projects, and there are so many great ones to choose from during the Christmas season. Any parent or teacher of young children can help kids make this simple, affordable and fun craft, a beautiful beaded snowflake Christmas ornament. Here’s how:
Required craft supplies for snowflake ornaments:
– Pipe cleaners ( “chenille stems”) in various colors (silver, light blue, dark blue, gray, and white look best)
– White, clear, silver or blue plastic or metal beads of different shapes (look for beads called “starflake” for a perfect bead for this craft)
– Craft/tacky glue OR hot glue gun and glue sticks (adult intervention required)
– Scissors or wire cutters
– If desired: sequins
Directions – how to make your beaded snowflake ornament craft:
Step 1 – The adult will take two pipe cleaners (of any color) and cut each in half with scissors or wire cutters. This will make four equal lengths.
Step 2 – Kids take two of the pipe cleaner pieces and twist them together securely at the center so that their twisted shape looks like a cross or plus sign.
Step 3 – Kids then take the remaining two pieces and also bend them in the center, twisting each around the previous cross shape to fill in the extra spaces, creating an X. The pipe cleaners should now resemble a basic snowflake with 8 “legs” or “branches.”
Step 4 – Children begin to string beads on each branch of the snowflake. These beaded snowflake ornaments look best (and neatest) when a pattern has been made with the beads, going all the way around. Additionally, these ornaments look outstanding when beads of varying widths are added.
Step 5 – To finish off each of the ends of the pipe cleaner branches, the adult will place a drop of tacky glue or hot glue on the end of the limb, then add one last small bead. This will prevent the rest of the beads from slipping off.
Step 6 – Kids cut a length of decorative ribbon and tie a loop around one branch of the snowflake ornament, in order to hang it.
Step 7 – Your craft is finished!! However, if your kids want to add a little more dazzle and shine, consider gluing small silver sequins to the middle or ends of your snowflake ornament.
Alternatively, you may consider varying your ornaments by creating some of the snowflakes with only 6 branches, rather than 8. To do this, simply use 3 pipe cleaners instead of 4, and shape the wires to fill in the extra spaces.
Because these holiday crafts are so quickly made, with such amazing results (and for so little money in materials), kids can make dozens of these ornaments and give them out as Christmas gifts to others, or just decorate around the house.
Inspired for the holidays? Get more decorating ideas by reading: Christmas Crafts for Kids: Polymer Clay Ornaments and 10 Ways to Decorate a Plain Christmas Ornament .