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Christmas Ornaments: Beaded Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments: Beaded Ornaments

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Sometimes a simple idea, like shaping strands of beads into ornaments, is all it takes to check off most of the people on your child's gift list.


  • Pipe cleaners
  • Transparent craft beads (5- to 10-millimeter diameters)


Bend an end of a pipe cleaner into a 90-degree angle. Have your child thread on beads from the opposite end, stopping a half inch from the tip.

Twist together the two ends, and the strand is ready to shape into a star, a candy cane, or another festive object.


Twist together the ends of two pipe cleaners for a longer strand, or attach short beaded lengths to add a striker to a bell or holly berries to a wreath.