Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sunny Winter Solstice Ornaments

I'd been wanting to make some Winter Solstice-type ornaments for our tree this year with the boys, so when I saw this post over at Play at Home Mom I figured out that with a little tweaking snowflakes could become beautiful suns.  
For this simple project you just need some sparkly golden pipecleaners and orange and yellow translucent pony beads:

Cut two pipecleaners into fourths so that you end up with 8 small pieces.  Twist your pieces together into a sun shape:

Then let the beading begin!  (yes, Peter had been using the face crayons earlier that day!)

As suggested over at Play at Home Mom, you can use wire cutters to turn the ends of the pipecleaners down once they've been beaded.  These would look pretty on the tree or even in a sunny window hung up with a suction cup and fishing line:

We will be gathering with a few friends to celebrate the Solstice, and the boys and I decided that these will be lovely gifts for each family to take home afterwards. 

If you have any ideas for Winter Solstice ornaments I'd love to see them!  We are putting up the tree this Saturday and I'd like to add a few more things.  :)

Linking this up to Jingle All The Way  over at Edible Entertainment:

And Crafty Moms Share:


Rach said...

I love this. Such a beautiful activity, and great for the fine motor skills too. Might just have to give it a go with my 20 month old, and if she can't do it, I'll enjoy it!

bgorden said...

This looks so cool! I love the activity! Thanks for sharing on TGIF Linky party1
Beth =-)

Stephanie said...

Hi Nicole, We just made a snowflake ornament that is fun and super easy, with some yellow and orange button it would look like a sun! :) Here is the link to what we did!

Karen said...

Hi Nicole!! We love it!!!! and we'll make it!!! Thanks!!

momma rae said...

so fun! we slice oranges and dry them in the oven to hang on our tree as suns. ;)

Veronica said...

What a great motor skills activity. My 4 year old would love this.

Veronica @

Kavi said...

hey that's fun! :) Really beautiful ornaments!
If its not too much to ask, can you please go through the rules of my event > Jingle All The Way and link your post there? Would love to have your post on my space. Thanks!

Kavi | Edible Entertainment
Ongoing events:
Jingle All The Way &
Microwave Easy Cooking

Nicole said...

I'm glad so many of you liked this activity! I can't wait to hang our suns up this weekend on the tree. And thanks for the ideas for more sunny ornaments as well! :)

Fiona said...

What a fantastic activity.
I have added it to our list. Hopefully we will get them done in time to hang on the Christmas tree, but I love how you could just change the colors of the pony beads and make them at any time of year.

Carrie said...

What a wonderful idea. I would love if if you would share it at my sharing party at Thank you!

Kavi said...

thanks you, thank you soooo much! :) These look lovely! Will send you the link when I post the Roundup of my event in the 1st week of January 2012. Would love to have more posts linked to my event from you! :)
thanks so much for linking your post to my event! :)
(Edible Entertainment)
Ongoing events:
Jingle All The Way &
Microwave Easy Cooking
Have a great day!

Carrie said...

Thank you for sharing! I picked up a pack of beads labeled Sunshine (for colors) to try this with.

Carrie said...

I wanted to let you know, I featured this today since we made some as well. You can check it out at Thank you for the wonderful idea!

Kavi said...

Thanks so much for participating in Jingle All The Way. I’ve posted the Roundup here. Do have a look. :)
Kavi (Edible Entertainment)