Crafting with Kids: Beaded Bug Suncatchers

January 21, 2015

If you're like us, you are getting just a bit tired of winter by now! We've got a great craft to share that will help chase away the winter blahs and help you get ready for warmer temperatures and sunnier days.

Miss Melanie put out brightly colored chenille stems (or, pipe cleaners, to most of us) and a variety of plastic beads for families to make Beaded Bug Suncatchers. Hang one up in your window and wait for the sun to shine on it and make a cute craft even better!

Here's what you need:

  • Chenille stems or pipe cleaners

  • Plastic beads (a mixture of solid and see-through beads)

  • Yarn or ribbon for hanging

Decide what basic shape you want to make and begin threading beads onto the stems, twisting to create the different shapes. Use more than one stem to make a specific bug or insect (like a butterfly, bee, or ladybug).  Attach a ribbon or piece of yarn to the top so you can hang up your beautiful creation!

Here are some of the creations from Miss Melanie's craft program held on Thursday, January 15th:


What kinds of creative beaded bug suncatchers can YOU make?


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