Monday, December 7, 2015

Paper Bead Angel Christmas Ornament. The Christmas Story.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments Idea Inspired by the Book

The Christmas Story is an all time favorite Christmas book. We made special, colored with love, paper beads for our Angels Christmas ornaments. Such a beautiful and special project we had!

The Christmas Story

"The Christmas Story" by Jane Werner Watson is a classic Little Golden Book first published in 1952. I can see us reading it again and again. Our special Christmas ornament Angel was made with love and creativity: My Firefly loved coloring her paper bead and threading while talking about the story behind it.

Amazon affiliate link: The Christmas Story.


Paper Bead Angle Christmas Ornament

For this craft, we used:
  • Printer paper, markers, glitter, white glue for the paper bead
  • Beads from this set (Amazon affiliate link): Melissa & Doug Bead Bouquet . But beads of any shapes and colors would work perfectly here: the more love and creativity is in this project, the better!
  • Chenille stem, any additional decorative supplies.
Paper bead: color about 2 inches along the longer side of the printer paper, using several of the favorite colors. Draw a line to create a long triangle: 2 inches on one side of paper to the corner on the other side. Cut out a triangle. Apply white glue to the colored side. Roll the paper over the chenille stem forming a bead.
We put some colored glitter sand on paper and rolled the paper bead around covering the bead in glitter. After several seconds, the bead is not sticky and ready for beading.
Angel's wings: thread several beads for the first wing. Bend the stem, bring it to the center, and twist to form the first wing (pictured above). Do the same for the second wing.
My Firefly wanted to decorate her Angel more: she drew the details on the face with the oil pastels and added a strip of glitter tape to the skirt. I helped her with twisting the stem and forming a top hook for hanging.

More Christmas Crafts Ideas from My Bright Firefly

Little Blue Truck's Christmas
Painting with Yarn. Easy Christmas Pop-up Card.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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Adorable Christmas Ornaments Inspired by Books

10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas

How to Make Paper Angel Christmas Ornaments from Artsy Craftsy Mom. Angels by Alexis York Lumbard.
Pink Pinecone Ornaments from Cutting Tiny Bites. Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! by Victoria Kann.
Star Photo Frame Ornament from Messy Little Monster. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.
Tin Foil Bell Christmas Ornament from Little Bins for Little Hands. Polar Express by Chris Vans Allsburg.
DIY Russian Doll Christmas Ornament from Planet Smarty Pants. How The Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus by Gail Buyske and Natasha Voronina.
Kid Made Felt Mouse Ornament from Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown and Elfrieda De Witt.
Play Dough and Paper Plate Wreath from Creative World of Varya. Christmas in the New House.
Coco and the Little Black Dress, A Kid-Made Ornament from Flash Bugs Studio. Coco and the Little Black Dress by Annmarie Van Haeringen.
Sparkly Craft-Stick Christmas Tree Ornament {Montessori-Inspired Learning Activity Included} from Living Montessori Now. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Christmas 123 by Eric Carle.

All the wonderful books chosen and all the beautiful Christmas ornaments inspired by the books can be found here:

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