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Craft Idea – make some Christmas Tree decorations with Hama beads
There are lots of ideas for hama bead creations at this Pinterest page. You can follow patterns or just make up colour combinations. We made stars and hearts and then threaded some cotton through the top bead and hung on the Christmas tree. This is a good activity for children who are 7 years plus – adults need to be in charge of ironing the beads. To do that you need to place greeseproof paper over the beads and then iron till the beads are fused together. If you buy a hama bead kit the waxed/greeseproof paper will come with it and can be reused.
This is a very easy craft – the children draw around a tree template and cut out the shape. Then they decorate the tree with glittery shapes/paper and glitter glue and small pompoms (these are a little unwilling to stick but will if they are held down for a few seconds). Punch a hole in the top of the tree and add wool or cord.
Glitter glue can take a while to dry so allow for that when you make these.
T o make a Christmas tree template – white A4 card folded in half lengthwise – draw half a tree beginning and ending on the folded edge. When you unfold the card you will have a symmetrical tree. Cut out.
to add something to the telling of the Christmas story – add sheep and camels that stand up on pegs for legs.
Draw a simple camel or sheep (without legs!) on to card and cut out. Add the pegs.
You could also do this as a craft activity – just be careful with the pegs.
Provide a template for the children to draw around on two A4 pieces of black sugar paper. (or construction paper). Cut out the Christmas tree shape. You can make this easy by folding the paper in half and making a cut to get started. Then flatten out the paper and carry on cutting out. Make sure the children keep the right bit of the paper to make the window.
I make two per child so they can sandwich them together at the end and then whichever way you look at the stained glass window it will be neat.
Have lots of brightly coloured tissue paper to cover over the gap. You can layer the paper to create more colour blends but be gentle with the glue
Finish by sticking the spare black A4 window to the back. Hang at a window.
Very young children would need a ready prepared window. They can stick tissue paper to a piece of acetate (rough side) and then add the A4 black tree.
To add something a bit extra – have a few pictures of stained glass windows to show to the children or even visit somewhere that has some. You can’t beat the real thing. http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/ is a useful link.
You will need sugar paper or gold or silver card (about 100g in weight) cut in to circles. Aim for five circles per decoration.
A hole punch
Wool or thread
Fold each of the five circles in half – if the gold/silver card is white on one side make sure you fold that circle with the gold/silver on the inside.
Start to glue together – take on circle – glue one half of it – and stick another circle to it – carry this on till you have one circle left and then stick all of that circle to the decoration to make it complete.
You need to punch a hole in the decoration. This is tricky! Fold the decoration as in the picture and carefully punch a hole.
Add wool or similar – to make the decoration hang straight thread one piece of the woolpart way round again so the two threads are opposite each other and then tie a knot.
You can do different colour combinations and younger children might like to make the decoration with just four circles to begin with.
You can buy ready cut circles or use a 3inch craft punch. It is best to have perfect circles but you could cut your own.