When the sun appears after a winter snowstorm, snowflakes sparkle; bring the magical shimmer inside for the holidays with beaded snowflake ornaments. Whether you use commercial forms or create your own from pipe cleaners, wire or craft sticks, you can match your snowflakes to the decor of your home or the colors of a special event, such as a winter wedding.
Beading a Preformed Wire
Wire forms let you create your ornaments in just a few minutes. This is a simple way to create many snowflakes for gifts. String the beads of your choice on each spoke of the form, creating a pattern you like. At the end of each spindle, use the pliers to make a simple loop to secure the beads.
Stack your forms for an extra-special double snowflake.
Make a Pipe-Cleaner Form
Like the preformed snowflake wires, this is an easy project to do with children, as they can twist and thread the pieces with no problem.
Measure and cut two 4-inch pieces of pipe cleaner and one 6-inch piece with wire cutters. You can use scissors for this, but it will sometimes damage the blades. You can also bend the wire back and forth at the measured spot until it breaks.
Always supervise children when using scissors or wire cutters.
Layer the shorter pieces to make an X and twist them together to hold the shape. You can add a drop of glue on top of the twist for security, if you wish.
Place the long piece on top of the X, making the bottom edge line up with the X spokes. This will leave the top a little longer. You will use that extra length to make a loop to hang your ornament.
Thread the beads on each spoke and make a loop at the end. You can twist the loops in place by hand, but a pair of flat-nosed pliers will help if little fingers have trouble.
Make a loop at the top of the longer pipe cleaner, twisting the end around the spoke. Again, a little drop of glue can help hold it in place.
Make Your Own Wire Form
This takes a little more effort, but it is worth it. While children can complete the stringing, wrapping the frame into shape will probably need an adult’s touch.
Cut three pieces of 12-gauge wire: two 4-inch pieces and one 6-inch piece.
Make an X with the shorter pieces. Wrap the thinner wire around the intersection several times, making sure to wrap in all directions and leaving a 1-inch tail.
Place the longer piece of wire on the center and wrap the thinner wire around the intersection again to secure it. Twist the end together with the tail and cut off the excess wire. Add a drop of jewelers’ glue to the twist, if you choose, for extra security.
String the beads on the spokes and make a simple loop at the ends.
Create a Craft Stick Form
Even toddlers can make these ornaments with a little help from Mom, Dad or an older sibling. You can add some extra color and shine with paint and glitter, or you can stick with only the beads.
- Beads can be a choking hazard. If you are doing this project with children under 5, supervise them closely.
- Also, supervise young crafters closely if you are using a hot-glue gun.
Glue two sticks together to make an X. Repeat with the remaining sticks.
Turn one of the X-shapes so that it looks like a plus sign. Glue it on top of the other X to make an 8-pointed star.
Paint or color the sticks as you choose. They can also be left in their natural state.
Glue the beads on the spokes of the snowflake, leaving as little or as much of the stick showing as you like. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
- The pop-tab from a soda can makes a green hanger for your stick ornament. Glue it to the back of one of the spokes with half of the hole above the end of the stick. Hang the ornament from that tab or thread some ribbon through the hole for a hanger.
- You can also make a cardboard form similar to the craft stick one or trace a pattern onto the cardboard before cutting it out and gluing beads onto it.