Handmade Christmas decorations

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With some pipe cleaners and beads kids can have a blast making their own quick and easy handmade Christmas decorations. We used sparkly pipe cleaners for a bit of extra festive shine but normal pipe cleaners will work just as well. They look beautiful hanging from the Christmas tree.

How to make your decorations

Think of a festive shape that you could make from your pipe cleaner. You could go with an easy round bauble or make a more complicated shape like a bell, star, tree or even a snowman.

Thread the beads onto your pipe cleaner and then bend it into the shape you have chosen. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to secure the beads in place.

Here are three decorations we made. You can use the same techniques to make many different shapes, such as angels, stars and bells. Let your creativity flow.

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You will need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads – different colours

To make a bauble

 

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Step 1: Thread your beads onto a pipe cleaner

This is the easiest decoration to make. Simply thread lots of beads onto a pipe cleaner.

 

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Step 2: Twist the ends together

Leave a little space clear at both ends and twist the pipe cleaner together to secure the beads in place. Twist the ends into a bow or loop to make a hanger.

To make a tree

 

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Step 1: Join two pipe cleaners together

You will find it easier to use two pipe cleaners joined together to make a tree.

Simply twist two pipe cleaners to make one very long one.

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Step 2: Make the tree base

Now add about ten beads to make the base of your tree.

Stop and twist up the pipe cleaners up at each side to make points.

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Step 3: Make the branches

Add a few more beads on each side and then twist the pipe cleaners again to make another sharp point.

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Step 4: Add a star at the top

Keep adding beads and twisting the pipe cleaners until you have made your tree.

We added a little star bead at the very end to finish it off.

To make a snowman

 

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Step 1: Make the body and head

Join two pipe cleaners together and then thread on lots of white beads.

Twist your pipe cleaners to form a round body and a smaller round head.

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Step 2: Make some arms

Take a silver or brown pipe cleaner and twist it to make a little stick arm.

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Step 3: Secure the arms in place

Twist the ends of your arms onto your snowman to fix them in place.

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Step 4: Make a hat

Use a black pipe cleaner to make a hat. Cut one small length to make the base.

Then take a longer piece and bend it into a hat shape.

Join them together by twisting the ends.

To secure your hat in place cut a tiny piece of black pipe cleaner and use it to twist the hat to the top of your snowman’s head.

 

Enjoy hanging these beautiful handmade Christmas decorations on the tree

 

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Check out our Twinkling Christmas jars for more beautiful Christmas decorations.