You can’t go wrong with a classic Christmas tree craft for the holidays.
I love this one because it’s simple but super cute. You can keep it basic and use it as a preschool Christmas tree craft…or add some extra embellishments and make it with older kids.
Either way it’s super cute and you can add a hanger if you want to hang it on the Christmas tree.
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We love making holiday crafts all December long. We like a variety and I love this one because it doesn’t involve any glue or cutting!
Plus it’s simple enough that even my 4 year old can do much of it without direct help from me.
Beaded Christmas tree materials
- Pony beads (it takes about 40 per tree if you’re calculating for a classroom)
- Pipe cleaners
- Foam star stickers
- Optional: Glitter pipe cleaners
1 – Grab one pipe cleaner. I used green but since you’re covering it with beads you can really use any color you have on hand.
2 – Slide one bead onto the pipe cleaner and move it down towards one end.
Stop about 1/2″ from the end and bend the pipe cleaner so your beads don’t slide right off the other end.
3 – Now just keep adding those beads. You can use all green beads or mix in some colored beads to look like ornaments.
I personally love the one with colored beads and I used a 3 green, 1 color, 2 green, 1 color pattern on mine.
Keep adding until you only have around 1/2″ of pipe cleaner left.
4 – Take the two pipe cleaner ends and twist them together to secure the beads.
5 – Now use your fingers to pull the pipe cleaner out into a triangle shape.
6 – No tree is complete without a tree topper! Place one foam star sticker on the top of your tree. Then, flip the triangle tree over and place another sticker on the back lined up with the first.
Now those pointy pipe cleaner ends are covered and you won’t have a sticky star backing in the open.
Stopping here is perfect if you’re using this as a Christmas tree craft for preschoolers.
However, if you’re doing this craft with older kids you can make it cuter by going one step farther.
7 – Grab a sparkly pipe cleaner, I used green but you could try out other colors as well.
Wrap one end around a side of the triangle towards the bottom. Then zig zag it across the triangle securing each section within the beads to help hide the crossings.
Voila, you have an adorable bead and pipe cleaner Christmas tree!
Fine Motor Skills
Lacing the pony beads onto the pipe cleaner is a great way for kids to practice their fine motor skills!
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