December 8, 2012

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament







Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornaments were simple to make and looked great hanging on our Christmas tree.  Little Arty Pants had to concentrate to get the pipe cleaner through the hole in the bead, which was great eye-hand coordination practice. 





Procedure:




The first step was mine to do.  I secured one bead onto the end of each pipe cleaner              so the beads wouldn't fall off.  I ... 

  • slid one bead to the end of each pipe cleaner

  • bent the pipe cleaner over the bead

  • twisted to form a 'knot' fat enough to stop beads from sliding off






  • Once I was done, it was Calvin's turn.  He picked up the beads one at a time and ...






... slid each one to end of the pipe cleaner.








  • Little by little, the pipe cleaner was filled with beads.











  • After he strung two pipe cleaners, he was done. We twisted the two together in the middle, and the ornament was ready for the tree.




We hung the ornament on the tree within Calvin's reach.  He likes to remove and play with it.  That's all part of the fun of Christmas for me, and I think it must be for him too.

Last year I was not living near Calvin so this is our first Christmas together.






Extend the Activity:



  • If you're looking for more Christmas ornaments that kids can make, Martha Stewart has loads of ideas on her website.  Here are just a few:


Peppermint Ornaments

Yarn Tassel Ornaments

Toy Ornaments

Candy Cane Mice Ornaments

Snowflake Ornaments




 ♥Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.























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