Beaded Pipe Cleaner Indian Corn

My daughter-in-law lamented the fact that after they put away their Halloween décor, they didn’t have but a few things to set out for Thanksgiving. A quick check on Pinterest, and an enduring interest in crafting with the grands, led me to this craft – beaded pipe cleaner Indian corn. 

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My grandchildren love to do crafts, and it’s something that we plan for and accomplish together – be it pounding flowers or decorating pinecones to look like snowy owls

A quick trip to Hobby Lobby to get Pony beads (yes, there’s such a thing), which were half price so score there, along with pipe cleaners, and we were off. 

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Materials for Beaded Pipe Cleaner Indian Corn

Here’s what you’ll need to make the beaded pipe cleaner Indian corn:

How to Make Beaded Pipe Cleaner Indian Corn

  • Take four pipe cleaners and bend them in half to find the middle of each one.
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  • Twist the pipe cleaners together  in the middles so that the finished product looks like a spider.
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  • Place the beads in whatever order, or not, that you want on each pipe cleaner. 
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  • Leave one inch at the top.
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  • Twist the tops of all eight pipe cleaners.
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I found the craft rather relaxing, to be honest, and the finished results look eye-catching in a bowl on the center of the table. 

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It’s a great craft to do with kids because it allows them a creative bent, but also, time to catch up on conversation while they’re doing it. Very tactile, I believe that kids from five to 85 will enjoy this craft.

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