This is a fun and creative project to do with older school-age children, as a gift to share with co-workers, or families. Use caution when handling the glue-gun, and keep it out of reach of young children.
Supplies need; Candy canes (we used 18 small, but large will work too, just be sure to lay out your candy canes to figure out how many you will need), "starlight mints", festive ribbon, glue gun or modgepodge.
Directions; Glue your candy canes into heart shapes, as seen below, with a little glue at the crook and a little at the base where the ends meet. Once you have all the heart shapes you will need to create a circle, start gluing them together at the sides. When you have completed the entire circle, allow it to dry. Once dry, reinforce the back with extra glue. After the reinforcement is dry, turn the wreath back over and glue the "starlight mints" to the base of each of your heart shapes, or as many as your inner area will allow. Take about 10" of ribbon and tie it into a bow. Glue the bow where you think it would look best for your wreath. Finally take another 4" inches of ribbon and tie it into a loop. Slip the loop over two of the crooks in your wreath and you are finished.
*If you remove your candy canes from their plastic coating, you may want to spray them with shellac when you are finished.
These icicles are a wonderful fine motor activity for children, an exercise in hand-eye co-ordination and an opportunity to explore color and patterns. It’s a lovely sensory experience, and often they’ll stop to talk about the particulars of a bead they’ve found: the color, the shape, how shiny it etc., so while this is a very simple Christmas craft, it still presents lots of opportunities for learning.
Supplies needed; Metallic pipe cleaners, pony beads, a thread for hanging
Directions; Twist a loop at the top of the pipe cleaner, this will be used later to tie on the string. Thread as many beads as desired onto the pipe cleaner. Once the pipe cleaner is sufficiently beaded, twist the bottom of the pipe cleaner around the last bead, to prevent the other beads from falling off. Take the beaded pipe cleaner and twist it around a pencil to create a spiral effect. Finally, tie a 4-6" piece of thread through the loop you created in the beginning and hang.
Here is what you will need:
* pipe cleaners
* string (for hanging)
1. String your pipe cleaner with beads.
2. Shape it into any shape you want.
3. Tie string around it and hang it up.