A few years ago we created a beaded snow person ornament that was easy to make and we wanted to make a few more in the series. We like to attach a handmade ornament to a donation card for our friends and family each year. With these directions, you can make a Christmas tree, Santa and/ or the snow person to add to your tree. We’d love to see if you come up with any other ideas too! Materials Wooden beads (Our favourite place to purchase them is Woodpeckers Crafts (https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/search.php?search_query=ball%20beads§ion=product) String or cord Paint BBQ Skewer (have an adult cut off the sharp points) Floral foam or a box Star bead Wooden ring Glue Paint pens and/ or markers We always find these items useful too: Directions Snow Person Purchase different sizes of wooden beads. Our favourite spot to buy them is Woodpeckers Crafts (https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/search.php?search_query=ball%20beads§ion=product). They have tonnes of really neat wood products! Paint your beads. You can put a BBQ skewer in floral foam and paint them or cut some grooves on either side of a shoe box and stretch the BBQ skewer across- use whatever you have on hand. We used 3 different sized beads: one for the bottom snowball, tummy snowball and head snowball. Add a black button and paint a small black bead if you want to make a hat. Make a loop, put on the top of your hat bead, a black button: we separated the two pieces of the ribbon and put it through the holes and then put it back together again for the head bead, tummy bead and bottom bead and then create a knot at the bottom. Lace your beads on with a child-safe needle to make it easier! Add a nose, eyes and mouth dots with a paint pen or marker. Christmas Tree Paint your beads green. You can put a BBQ skewer in floral foam and paint them or cut some grooves on either side of a shoe box and stretch the BBQ skewer across- use whatever you have on hand. We used three different sized beads to create the effect of a tree getting bigger from the top down. Make a loop with your ribbon and knot it. Add your star bead, your smallest sphere bead, your middle sized bead, your largest bead and then a small bead for the trunk. Lace your beads on with a child-safe needle to make it easier! Use paint pens or mini pom poms to create baubles for your tree. Santa Paint your beads. You can put a BBQ skewer in floral foam and paint them or cut some grooves on either side of a shoe box and stretch the BBQ skewer across- use whatever you have on hand. Santa’s suggested order, from the top knot, is a small white bead for the pom pom on his hat, red bead for the hat, white button for the hat trim: we separated the two pieces of the ribbon and put it through the holes and then put them back together for the head bead (unfinished or painted a skin tone). We followed this by another white button for the trim on his collar, a large red bead for Santa’s tummy and then the bottom knot. We hid the knot with a small wooden ring that looks like Santa’s belt (glued on) and used mini craft sticks for his arms (one across the back of his tummy and two for the legs, painted red, attaching small black beads for his boots and plain beads (you can paint them for a skin tone too) hands. Glue these portions. Lace your beads on with a child safe needle to make it easier! Add details with paint pens to Santa and if you like a bit of cotton ball for his beard. Hang your ornaments on the tree or give them away to friends and family! What beaded ornament ideas can you make?! Pin this idea Purpose Recognizing various symbols of the season. Developing one’s fine motor skills. Safety Notes We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors and glue with care and direct, adult supervision. Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.