My son is two years old this holiday season, so we are teaching him all of the classic holiday stories. He is SO interested and enthusiastic in everything Christmas, and I love appeasing his curious mind. We have been watching Frosty the Snowman, learning to sing Jingle Bells and reading about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I LOVE the story of Rudolph. It is such a fun and magical story that teaches kids how differences make us unique and special. I have also been using this story as a chance to teach my son that it is important to be kind to everyone. So many learning opportunities! Because I love this particular Christmas tale so much, I wanted to create a fun craft that would capture the spirit of Christmas and Rudolph.
My son was thrilled with this craft, he has been wearing it everywhere! This is a fun one for kids of all ages. It was so easy and inexpensive to create! You can personalize this with the beads and string that you choose to use. Here is what you will need to make a Rudolph Christmas necklace.
- Bell (we got a pack of two at Michaels, don’t forget your 40% off coupon!)
- String (we used embroidery floss)
- Googly eyes
- Red pom-poms
- Brown Pipe Cleaner
First, put the string through the bell. It is too difficult to get the string through once the pipe cleaner is in place.
Second, I took three pieces of pipe cleaner and wound them together. I used a bigger bell with this craft, so to get the pipe cleaner to stay standing up, I needed to use three. If you use a smaller bell, you could put one piece of pipe cleaner through, and then attach small pieces of pipe cleaner sporadically on the main piece to create the look of antlers.
Third, cut your pipe cleaner antlers to size. I cut them down and then cut each individually. The best part is that they don’t need to be identical or match! Cut and position them however you want!
Fourth, put your beads on the string. You can skip this step, I just thought the beads gave it a festive look.
Fifth, glue on your eyes and nose.
Enjoy your new Rudolph bell necklace! Happy Holidays!