I specialise in taking up hobbies, buying all the equipment, doing it for a bit, losing interest and then storing it all away to collect dust. One of those hobbies was beading. Cakey wanted to make a sparkly Christmas tree for her room so I decided all the unused beads could be sacrificed.
I cut out the shape of a Christmas tree from thick cardboard (I used the back of an A3 pad) and placed it on a tray lined with baking paper. I gathered the beads into little containers and handed over the glue to Cakey. Cakey loved slathering the cardboard Christmas tree with glue and sprinkling/pouring the beads on.
|Cardboard Christmas tree on a tray to contain the beads|
|On goes the glue|
|Sprinkling the beads|
To cover up the lakes of pva glue I gave Cakey some small cups of pink and yellow food colouring and a dropper (my inspiration for this came from a lovely post on the fabulous blog Teach Preschool). It produced a great effect and Cakey loved watching the food colouring dye shift and change when it mixed with the glue.
|Adding drops of food colouring|
|Food colouring mixing with the glue|
When it was partly dry I peeled it off the baking paper and placed it on a clean sheet of paper. We actually did this activity on the day we left for our big trip so our tree is still sitting on the kitchen bench waiting for us to get home and pin up.
This was a fun activity, but I did have to wait until Boo was asleep - beads and babies don't mix. In hindsight, I would have made the cardboard christmas tree a bit smaller as we went through a huge amount of beads to cover it. But let's get real – it's going to be a while before I ever find the time to sit down and bead again.
For another Christmas craft using beads and glue have a look at this and for more Christmas craft ideas check out my Christmas Pinterest Board.
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