Beaded Icicles

Here’s a decoration that’s easy and inexpensive to make.  It’s also a fun project for the kiddos.  This is a great craft for working on small motor skills and can keep children busy while you wrap presents.

First, I highly recommend buying craft trays like these:

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You can purchase the trays at educational stores such as Lakeshore.  Using crafting trays helps contain the mess into a small rectangular area rather than the entire floor around the table, which inevitably will sprawl into the adjacent room where you will surely step on beads with bare feet and try not to curse.  Small rectangle is better.  If you can’t get to the store to buy such trays, cookie sheets work great too.

In addition to craft trays, here’s what you need for this project:

– Regular sewing needles

– Scissors or wire cutters

– White thread

– Clear beads:  Assorted shapes gives more of a grumpy icicle look but any clear beads will do

– Glass of wine or hot coco:  Since this really is the prefect project to keep the kids busy, you might as well relax yourself for a little bit.  In fact, I’m going to just go ahead and say that pouring a nice beverage for yourself and putting your feet up is a vital component of the project

STEP 1:

I greatly dislike the thick plastic sewing needles that are made for kids.  They don’t fit through beads or sequins.

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This is what I give the kids instead:

Just take a regular old needle and use scissors or pliers to snip off the pointing tip.  This creates a needle that is dull enough to avoid blood, tears, and mayhem, while also remaining thin enough to do most any project.

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STEP 2:

Thread your needle

STEP 3:

Use a bead to create a knot at the end of the string that will prevent any beads from falling off the end.  Also, VERY IMPORTANT – you must tie all end of the tread together when creating your bead knot.  If you don’t, STEP 5 becomes impossible as you will be asked every 2 minutes to rethread the needle.

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STEP 4:

Let the kids fill the rest of the string with beads

STEP 5:

Pour yourself a beverage that will make you feel warm, fuzzy, and holiday-ish.  Sit down.  Feet up.  Then just wait for them to say they need the end tied off.

STEP 6:

Tie the end in a loop.  You can then hang it on things, perhaps your ears if you’ve now had too much wine, the Christmas tree, or any other place that needs a little jazzing up.

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