How to Make Bead and Pipe Cleaner
The closer we get to the festive season, everything
we do tends to gradually take on a holiday preparation atmosphere. There's no better time to motivate yourself and
your family to start making fun Christmas crafts, than when Christmas holiday is bearing upon us. In particular,
part of that holiday season family fun and enjoyment is making and preparing Christmas tree ornaments.
Family Christmas crafts
Christmas ornaments made from ordinary pipe cleaners and inexpensive acrylic beads
are very pretty and easy to make. They look quite impressive yet are easy enough for small children to make. This
is one of Christmas crafts ideas to use again and again, that's fun for the whole family. Older people will enjoy
making this Christmas craft, too, which can be varied to make a number of different sparkling tree ornaments
for your Christmas tree
simple idea of stringing together coloured beads can craft a simple yet effective decoration to
be used on your Christmas
How to make bead ornaments
Knowing how to make bead and pipe cleaner ornaments
will add to your Christmas tree decorating fun and enjoyment, while making your Christmas tree
To make the bead and pipe cleaner ornaments, you need common pipe cleaners in
desired colors and acrylic beads. Two types of beads are particularly effective when strung on pipe cleaners. One
type are called sunburst beads, but are also known as paddlewheel beads, snowflake beads, or starburst
These beads have six faceted paddles spaced equally around a center that contains
the hole for stringing. When several of these sunburst beads are strung consecutively, they fit against each other
in an interlocking pattern.
The other type of bead that is also effective for this Christmas craft is called
the tri bead or propeller bead. It has three rounded bumps arranged around the stringing hole. Like the sunburst
beads, the tri beads interlock when strung consecutively.
For the most sparkly and attractive Christmas ornaments, get tri beads
and/or sunburst beads in translucent colors of red, green, and clear. The tri beads can also be found in metallic
gold and silver which can be used in this Christmas craft as well.
imagination, beads, wire and other materials, you can create Christmas star decoration for your
How to make pipe cleaner
Pipe cleaners can be found in silver and gold tinsel as well as chenille of all
colors. For the Christmas crafts, the best colors to use are the metallics and Christmas colors. The beads cover
the pipe cleaners, but the ends will need to be twisted together and made into hangers, so that they
Pipe cleaners come in different colours and can be
easily shaped into different figures as per one's desires, including Christmas
Anyone, even small children, can string these beads on pipe cleaners. Bend up the
end of the pipe cleaner so the beads don't fall off. The pipe cleaner works like a needle, making a needle
unnecessary. For best results, show the children how to alternate colors when stringing, or start a pattern of
When the beads are strung on the pipe cleaners, they can be bent into different
Christmas shapes. For instance, string red and clear beads alternately, then bend down one end of the pipe cleaner
for a candy cane shape. Or alternate red and green beads and form a circle for a wreath. Use red pipe cleaner to
form a small bow to decorate the wreath. Form a hanger for the Christmas craft or simply slip the circle over a
branch of the tree.
If you experiment with clear beads and silver pipe cleaners, you can make some
beautiful snowflake or star ornaments. Snowflake designs can be twisted of silver pipe cleaner only, without the
beads for a simple but pretty decoration.
Making bead and pipe cleaner ornaments can be Christmas fun for a whole family.
These Christmas crafts will be useful every year. This simple, yet pretty and fun Christmas crafts will be
appreciated by both children and their parents, while adding to the positive holiday atmosphere.