Archive | December, 2009

Paperclip Garland

17 Dec

This is a fun craft to make with a group of people because each person can make a section and then the sections can be easily liked together.  We created a long garland like this to wind around a tree we decorated for Hospice.


  1. Paperclips of various shapes and colors
  2. Variety of beads, sequins, jingle bells


  1. Slide beads, sequins and jingle bells through some of the paper clips.
  2. Link paperclips together to form a long garland.

You can dangle some paperclips from others and add decorations for a different look, as in top garland below.

Another idea is to use a paperclip garland to display cards!

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Beaded Ornaments

11 Dec

We came up with this design a few years ago. Now making these ornaments is a Christmas tradition for us! Scroll down to see a more economical version of this craft.


  1. 3-4 inch eye pins
  2. Christmas charms
  3. Curved ornament hooks
  4. Glass Beads


  1. Open bottom of eye pin.
  2. Add charm and close.
  3. Slide beads onto eye pin from top, leaving about ¾ inch free of beads.
  4. Wrap end of eye pin over end of small paintbrush to create a loop.
  5. Feed loop through ornament hook.

You can probably get all of the supplies needed for this craft at Walmart or Michaels.  We purchased ours from Fire Mountain Gems and Shipwreck Beads (both online companies.) The ornamental hooks were purchased at Target.







Here is a More Economical Version of the Same Craft!


 Pipe cleaners or twisty ties. (Like the ones found on bread bags or garbage bags.)

  1. Beads, Buttons, or Sequins
  2. Jingle bells
  3. Ribbon


Attach Jingle Bell to end of pipe cleaner or twisty tie.

  1. Thread on beads, buttons, and or sequins.
  2. Leave about an inch of the pipe cleaner or tie free.
  3. Wrap it around a pencil or the end of a paintbrush to create a loop.
  4. Tread ribbon through loop and tie. (Some people like the ribbons even better than the ornament hooks.)

You may have everything you need for this version right at home.  Old beaded jewelry can be recycled for this project!

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