Child Made Bead Ornaments

December 1, 2013

bead ornaments

Today we made some bead ornaments for the tree. We haven’t put it up yet it’s still a bit early for me but it is nice to start getting ready and I think we will give some as presents as they turned out really pretty.

bead ornaments

Last year we made some ornaments for the tree using beads. They were a little bit fiddly and I wanted the girls to have more input this year and so made the design a bit simpler.

 bead ornaments

To make this you only need pipe cleaners and pony beads. The sparkly pipe cleaners are really nice as they are so festive. The pony beads we used were translucent which meant you could see the pipe cleaner inside.

 bead ornaments


The pipe cleaners are so thick that you can just thread the beads on and they won’t fall off the end. This makes it so easy for little hands. The twins are three and they were able to thread the beads on completely independently. I then made them into the shapes and tied the ends together.


bead ornaments

As usual they had very strong ideas for what they wanted to do. Charlotte enjoyed making a tree but that was enough for her and she didn’t want to do any more.

bead ornaments

Rose loved this activity but wasn’t very keen on making ornaments at all. She made a heart and a star. Despite me not putting out the pinks she managed to track them down for her heart shape. It actually ended up looking quite festive though. She also hates the idea of giving it to anyone or putting it on the tree. She wanted to carry it around in her bag and play shops instead.


bead ornaments heart


Molly really enjoyed this too. She is six and very keen to do everything on her own. I helped her to make a snowman. Her beads had a very clear pattern. She could make the circles herself but struggled a bit to make the two circles go together. I made the hat for her to go on the top which was a little bit more fiddly.

snowman bead ornament

As I had helped her so much she was very keen to make her own one without me helping at all and came up with her own bauble. It was also her idea to make the star the way we did. I was going to do two triangles and overlap them.

bead ornaments candy cane

I was really pleased with how all the decorations turned out and I think we will make some more if I get some beads. To hang them I simply added some red ribbon and tied it on the top. The best thing about them is that they catch the lights on the tree so they will really sparkle.

bead ornaments


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Lots of pretty bead ornaments for the kids to make

 20 Days of Kid Made ornaments

This is our post for the 20 Days of Kid Made ornaments

20 days of Kid-Made ornaments

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The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.

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Mama Miss

Here Come the Girls

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December 2nd

Housing A Forest


December 3rd


Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

Play Trains!

December 4th

Mama Smiles

One Perfect Day

December 5th

Feels Like Home

How Wee Learn

December 6th

My Little 3 and Me

The House of Hendrix

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December 7th

The Connection We Share

Scribble Doodle and Draw


December 8th

The Library Adventure

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December 9th

The Pleasantest Thing

Tutus & Tea Parties

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December 10th

Nothing if Not Intentional

Kitchen Counter Chronicles

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December 11th

Glittering Muffins

Child Central Station

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December 12th

eLeMeNO-P Kids

Coffee Cups and Crayons

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December 13th

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The Craft Train

December 14th



Imprints From Tricia

December 15th

True Aim Education

Sugar Aunts

The Life of Jennifer Dawn

December 16th

Powerful Mothering

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

The Eyes of a Boy

December 17th

Teach Preschool

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December 18th

P is for Preschooler

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December 19th

Mama Miss

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