Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How To Make Beaded Snowflake Holiday Ornaments


These holiday beaded snowflake ornaments would be a fun project to make with school groups, church youth groups and with a scouting troop as they work up quickly and are relatively inexpensive.

You will need to purchase some basic crafting supplies if you don't already have them on hand at your local craft supply store.

Ages: 5 and up with adult supervision.

Materials Needed

1 pkg. gold metallic chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
all-purpose white tacky glue
1 pkg. faceted 6mm plastic beads (primary color)
1 pkg. faceted 6mm plastic beads (secondary color)
1 pkg. tri-beads to match the primary color
1 pkg. clear flat-back faceted round rhinestones
1 hank gold metallic hanging cord
scissors and pliers

Step 1: Cut two pipe cleaners into thirds so that you have six total pieces. Bend one of the pipe cleaners around the center of another one so that it makes a loop around the center. Attach the third pipe cleaner around the same center as shown in the photo. Bend them if needed to form a 6-prong snowflake shape.

Step 2: You will want to do one spoke of the snowflake at a time and work clockwise. Thread your round faceted primary colored bead onto the spoke, followed by a secondary colored bead. Thread on a tri-bead, followed up by a secondary and primary colored beads. You should have a total of five beads on your spoke.

Step 3: Using needle nose pliers, bed the end of the pipe cleaner over so that the beads don't slide off. If necessary, dot the end with a spot of glue.

You will want to repeat steps 1 through 3 for all of the spokes on your snowflake.

Step 4: Glue a flat-backed clear rhinestone in the center of your ornament and let it dry. This will cover up the center area so that the pipe cleaners don't show through.

Step 5: Cut off a 5" to 6" piece of gold metallic cord and tie it to the top of the snowflake ornament for hanging.

1 comment:

Healthy Perspectives said...

Shelly,

I just want to say you did a beautiful job on your new blog. The snowflake ornaments are very pretty and it reminds me of earrings. lol

Great job on your new craft blog!

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