This year we’ve been offered the chance to review a Christmas tree from Pines and Needles which has been beyond exciting for the kids. To decorate our new tree we thought we thought we would try and do some easy Christmas ornaments for kids to make, not only do they look pretty but they are great for fine motor skills too. Making these Christmas ornaments also had a surprising benefit to my kids which I will share with you later on.
For these easy Christmas ornaments for kids you will need:
Beads (I think the proper name for these is pony beads or hama beads)
How to make your ornaments:
Carefully thread the beads onto the pipe cleaner until it is full. These Christmas ornaments for kids are a great way to help promote fine motor skills too as essentially this is a bit of a fiddly thing to do!
Tip – fold over one end of the pipe cleaner a couple of times so the beads don’t get pushed off the other end
This activity had an unexpected bonus for me as my four year old made them in the hour before bed when things tend to get a little wild. Making these ornaments completely calmed him down while he concentrated on them. At just turned two years old this craft was too tricky for his little sister but she enjoyed playing with the beads too, scooping them up and putting them into my hands.
Once your pipe cleaner is nearly filled with beads, twist the two ends together and then shape the pipe cleaner loop into a heart shape with the twisted bit in the middle. Add a ribbon to hang it and you’re done!
If you would like to make these ornaments too make sure you pin this page or bookmark it for later so you don’t forget about them!
About our tree:
Our tree was sent to us from Pines and Needles and we love it! They arrange the tree to be delivered to your home, a fantastic service for us as we’ve been stuck in the house with kids with chicken pox. The tree is so huge that I had to squeeze myself into the corner of my front room to take this shot and I still couldn’t fit the whole thing in. In fact if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that we had to get a step ladder out to put a star on the top as we couldn’t reach it. My son keeps telling me that the tree is amazing and I can totally see why! If you don’t fancy decorating your tree yourself they also run a service in London where they can deliver your tree and decorate it for you.
Pines and Needles also create beautiful wreaths. We were sent a wreath decorated with fruit to review and it looks glorious, much better than my own previous attempts at making one and it smells lovely too.
Want more fun Christmas activities for kids? Well of course you do – it’s all about making it magical! Why not start off with our printable list of over 40 advent activities for kids
We’ve also got 24 ideas for a story book Christmas calendar (and even if you only have a few days left you could still pop a couple on your kindle!)
Or how about making some Christmas story stones?