Easy Christmas crafts for children alert!

Last year, I published a blog post and YouTube video (recently updated) showing how easy it is to turn bread into durable Christmas decorations to use year after year.

easy christmas crafts for children
easy christmas crafts for children

Turn bread...

Into Christmas decorations!

Easy Christmas crafts for children that are fun and original are always a hit when the results are fast and amazing!

And it doesn't get much more amazing than turning plain old bread into colorful Christmas decorations that can become family treasures.

These are great for making as beautiful presents too because, what is more special than having someone give you a unique decoration to hang on your tree?

To see my original post click here. To see the full instructional video on YouTube click here. (If the link is not live when you read this, check back in a couple of hours as there is a time delay between publishing on here and YouTube.)

easy christmas crafts for children

Easy Christmas crafts for children are a great way to fill up the school holidays from October right up to Christmas.

Children love making stuff, especially when it has a real use. So these bread decorations are the ideal way to occupy children during the holidays leading up to Christmas when then weather isn't always that great.

Making these gorgeous decorations will keep them busy for hours.

You can even start the ball rolling by making the first batch yourself and leaving them to dry out. So when you introduce the activity, once they have cut out their first bread shapes, they will have a batch to work on while waiting for the ones they cut out to dry.

Hope you have fun with your easy Christmas crafts for children - let me know how you get on!

Paper pendants made from discarded cereal box cardboard are super easy to make!

Add your own abstract artwork - as I have done with the ones pictured above - and you have exciting, bold and beautiful one-off pieces of jewellery to wear, sell sort give away as presents.

These paper pendants were all made by me, using a discarded cereal box to create the jewellery form that I mounted my artwork on.

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Make Paper Beads the Easy Beady Way


Making paper beads from junk  is one of my favourite crafts. I love transforming mundane pieces of paper into beautiful jewellery. I also love creating my own artwork to use.

But my enjoyment was spoilt by not being able to find the perfect bead rolling tool. I wanted something that gripped the paper well enough to get the bead started easily.

I also wanted something that would allow me to slide the finished bead off quickly, smoothly and without pulling the middle out of it.

There are many bead rollers for sale but most of them are made out of bamboo that has been split into two and then bound with paper to make a handle.

easy beady tool

They were ok and I made quite a few of my own. The problem that I found was the bamboo could sometimes snag the paper making beads hard to slide off.

For the last 18 months, I have been hard at work trying to create a bead rolling tool that is as near to perfect as I can get.

Learn to Make Gorgeous Paper Beads In Minutes!


Once you have the tool and have practiced on a few strips of paper, making beautiful beads is really easy.

Instead of being annoyed at all the junk mail coming through your door, you will be saying thank you for all the wonderful free paper you are getting. 

And think of the thrill when you make a really beautiful bracelet out of something that used to annoy you! Make unique presents that have cost you next to nothing.

Or create your own art work and make some really colourful beads that are truly unique and cannot be copied.

easy beady tool

The possibilities for creating paper beads of all different shapes and sizes is endless. I really enjoy colouring designs on plain paper and then making beads from it. If you add several coats of glaze, they look so amazing, no one guesses they are made from paper.

After experimenting with lots of different materials, I have come up with a tool that I absolutely love using. It is simple in design and very easy to use. It rolls nice tight beads that are easy to slide off - what more could you ask for? Have a look at the demo video I made to show what the tools look like and how to use them. I make them all to order and they are available on eBay. Click here to be taken to eBay. They are available in 3mm or 5mm. The 3mm size allows you to make beads with a smaller core for threading on finer stringing material up to 2.5mm thick.  The 5mm size allows you to make beads with a larger core for threading on thicker stringing materials such as leather or Pandora style bracelets. They can be bought individually or as a duo pack.

Find Out About My Bead Strip Templates To Make Cutting Easier

For easy cutting of paper bead strips without all the hassle of measuring and drawing lines, I have designed some templates you can download from my etsy shop. 

They are very easy to use. Click here to find out how you can use my templates to cut quick, easy strips and then use the template paper to make more beads so there is no waste! You can also use the templates in image editing software such as Photoshop to overlay onto printable  designs. 

easy beady
easy beady tool

Here you can see two ways to use the downloadable templates. You can print the template, fix it to your chosen bead paper with removable adhesive tape and cut your strips along the lines with ruler and craft knife.

The picture above shows strips cut with that method. As you can see, this gives you the strips cut in your chosen paper and the left-over template strips. You can hand colour those with Sharpies and make more beads. No waste!

Or you can overlay the png file onto an image on screen (see right), print it and cut along the printed lines with ruler and craft knife or a guillotine. Visit my etsy shop today to get your downloadable templates.

easy beady tool