If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas craft for your kids, pipe cleaner napkin rings are quick and easy to make, and they look great too! What a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to help decorate the holiday dinner table!
Bonus: Threading with pipe cleaners and beads is a terrific way for little ones to develop hand and finger muscles and co-ordination. Be sure to check out more of our fine-motor Christmas craft ideas before you leave us today!
To make our pipe cleaner napkin rings, you’ll need:
- pipe cleaners (we used metallic ones, but chenille would work as well)
- craft beads
* TIP: I poured our beads on to a shallow platter, and spread them out so the hooligans could see the entire collection easily. When we’re beading as a group, I find this to be better than working out of the container. Plus with a lot of little hands in the picture, we’re less likely to tip or spill the beads this way. A baking pan or casserole dish would work well too.
We’re not just beading you know…
I love the way the kids concentrate and chat quietly when they’re all working away at a simple project like this. The hooligans sort the beads by colour and shape, they spend ages searching for just the next “perfect’ bead to add to their pipe cleaner, and they help each out when someone needs a hand finding a particular colour or shape. They trade, they compare, they collaborate and they ooooh and aaaah over their finds.
Forming your napkin rings:
The actual process of making the napkin rings couldn’t be any easier.
When your kids are happy with how many beads are on their pipe cleaners, simply loop the pipe cleaner a couple of time, and twist the ends together.
Voila! Pipe cleaner napkin rings! How’s that for a easy AND pretty!
Slip a paper or cloth napkin in, and you’re all set!
Your kids will be so proud to see their handiwork decorating the table at your family’s holiday meal.
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You can find my entire collection right here on my Happy Hooligans Christmas Craft Pinboard!
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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.