Create a pretty beaded wreath ornament with a pipe cleaner and pony beads.
It doesn’t get much easier than this one! A pipe cleaner, a few beads and a ribbon are all it takes to make this beaded wreath ornament. I love it when a simple craft like this looks so good!
We’re just churning out the Christmas crafts now, and the Hooligans are truly loving it. When I yell “craft time”, they all come running, shouting “craft time! craft time!”, and they are downright thrilled with their creations. I think they’re kind of blowing themselves away with their craftiness. They get all starry-eyed when they look at their finished projects, and they can’t wait to hang them on their trees when they go home at the end of the day.
For this wreath, we started by forming a little loop (or a sharp bend) at one end of a the pipe cleaner to stop the beads from slipping right off. Then the Hooligans threaded beads onto their pipe cleaner. It sounds easy enough, but it actually took them over a half hour to do this.
If you’re doing this craft at home, do this at a time when you won’t have to hurry your child. Allow them to savour the experience, to take their time, and to thoroughly enjoy the process. Think about how you feel when you’re painting, cooking, sewing or drawing. If you feel rushed or pressured to complete your project, you’re less likely to lose yourself in the experience and feel that wonderful, mindless bliss that comes from being in your creative zone.
The Hooligans gathered around a large container of beads, chatting away, pushing and pawing and rattling around in the bucket, looking for the next perfect bead to slide on to their pipe cleaner. There was oohing and ahhing when one would discover a particularly pretty bead, and they were constantly showing off their finds, and comparing their colour choices. It was quite the social little craft.
Even a process as simple as this one provides many learning opportunities. They called out colours and shapes as they described their beads, and they were counting the beads that they’d strung. Some made predictions about how many more beads they could fit on their pipe cleaner, and of course it took lots of of concentration and co-ordination to get all those beads on that little wire.
When they felt they were finished, I twisted the ends of their pipe cleaner together to form their wreaths, and they chose a ribbon for me to tie into a bow. To attach the bow, I poked the end of the pipe cleaner through the back of the bow, and twisted it to secure it in place. Then I added a thread for hanging, and their project was complete.
Didn’t they do a fine job?
Well done, my little crafters. Well done!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.