Beaded Snowflake

Craft a lovely snowflake ornament with pipe cleaners strung with large beads.

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as beads are choking hazards. Not appropriate for use by children below the age of three.
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Beaded Snowflake craft

Materials

  • Pipe cleaners or floral wire (20-22 gauge)
  • Large and medium-sized glass or plastic beads
  • String

Steps

Step 1 Beaded Snowflake craft 1. Prepare 3 pipe cleaners or cut florist wire into three 6" long pieces.
Step 2 Beaded Snowflake craft Ask for an adult's help2. Twist 2 pipe cleaners together in the middle so that they form an "X".
Step 3 Beaded Snowflake craft Ask for an adult's help3. Twist the third pipe cleaner around the first two to complete the shape of a 6-sided snowflake. Adjust the position of the snowflake arms so that they are evenly spaced.
Step 4 Beaded Snowflake craft 4. String different sizes of glass or plastic beads through one snowflake arm.
Step 5 Beaded Snowflake craft 5. Fold down the tip of the pipe cleaner over the last bead.
Step 6 Beaded Snowflake craft 6. String beads on the rest of the snowflake arms following Steps 4 and 5.
Step 7 Beaded Snowflake craft 7. To be able to hang your snowflake, tie a thin string below the last bead on one of the snowflake arms.

Your beaded snowflake looks charming as it is but if you want to challenge yourself with a more detailed ornament, you can do the rest of the steps below.
Step 8 Beaded Snowflake craft 8. Cut pipe cleaner into six 2" long pieces. String medium-sized beads through each piece. Make sure to leave at least a ¼" margin on each end of the pipe cleaner.
Step 9 Beaded Snowflake craft 9. Take one of the beaded pipe cleaner pieces and twist the ends around two adjacent snowflake arms. The ends should be positioned at roughly the same point on the two snowflake arms.
Step 10 Beaded Snowflake craft 10. Similarly position the remaining beaded pipe cleaner pieces around the rest of the snowflake arms to form a ring.
Step 11 Beaded Snowflake craft 11. Next cut pipe cleaner into six 1½" long pieces. String one large and one medium-sized bead on each pipe cleaner piece. Fold the tip of the pipe cleaner over the topmost bead. The remaining length of pipe cleaner at the bottom end should at least be ¼".
Step 12 Beaded Snowflake craft 12. Twist the bottom end of the pipe cleaner between two middle beads on the piece you added in Step 9.
Step 13 Beaded Snowflake craft 13. Position the remaining beaded pieces around the snowflake just as you did in Step 12.

Once happy with how your snowflake looks, hang it up as a gorgeous Christmas ornament!

More Ideas

Pink Beaded Snowflake You can make an 8-, 10-, or 12-sided snowflake by twisting additional pipe cleaners after Step 4. Try using various shapes and sizes of beads to give the snowflake an interesting geometry.
Gold Beaded Snowflake We've made all our snowflakes in monochromatic schemes but you can always make yours as colorful as you like.

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