Thursday, December 15, 2016

Crafts: Icicle Ornaments

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1. Select the color or colors or pipe cleaners and beads you would like to use for this project.

Materials for icicle ornaments

2. Provide your child with a tray of the beads.

beads and pipe cleaners

3. Put on one bead at the end of each pipe cleaner and twist.

4. Your child should now string on about 10 beads onto the pipe cleaner.


5. When your child is finished, attach one bead onto the end and twist to ensure they do not fall off.

6. Twist around a pencil to create the 'icicle' effect. Take care when wrapping around pencil, so that too many beads do not bunch up in one place.

7. Remove from pencil, keeping the twisted shape.  My son told me that the icicle ornaments looked like worms as they were being pulled off the pencil.

8. Hang on your tree.

Depending on how long your child takes picking out what beads to use, the entire project should take an hour or so.

I was inspired by Happy Hooligan's Icicle Ornaments and the Kids' Craft Room has a different approach in their Sparkly Icicle Ornaments.


  1. Oh man we have tons of pipe cleaners, now I wonder if I have any beads somewhere in my art totes! I love this idea and our tree could use some more decorations that will survive the wrath of a toddler :)

    1. It is such an easy craft that is totally customizable. I should try it again this year with my daughter.