This time of year, we’re always on the hunt for a fun and easy Christmas craft! This one was a hit with both of my boys and was an awesome way to work on fine motor skills!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-Green pipe cleaners
WHAT TO DO:
Cut one pipe cleaner to the length that you want your Christmas tree to be. This will be your “tree trunk”.
Cut several shorter lengths from your pipe cleaners (make them at least as long as you want the bottom of your Christmas tree to be). Show kids how to wrap them, one at a time, around the trunk.
Now, cut the pipe cleaners into a triangle shape, wider at the bottom and narrow at the top, to make the shape of your Christmas tree. Older kids can do this themselves, younger kids may need the tree made ahead of time.
Now for the fun part! Let kids string beads onto the branches of the tree to make the ornaments!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Tie the Christmas trees onto bows and ribbons to use as gift toppers this Christmas!
-Or use the trees as pretty place setting decorations on your holiday table!
-Try using white or silver pipe cleaners and clear beads to make snowy/icy trees instead!
-If you liked this craft, try making one of our beaded snowflakes too!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, grasp
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So much fun…. we just finished a whole batch and hung them in the tree as ornaments. Thanks for the great idea!
What size pipe cleaners (4mm or 6mm?) and beads (9mm pony?) did you use?
Hi Maura, We used regular sized pipe cleaners (not sure if they’re 4 or 6mm?) and regular pony beads. I’m sure you could achieve the same/similar effect with different sizes though! Hope you enjoy this holiday craft! :)