Pipe Cleaner Ice Crystals.

Well, the holiday season is reaching it’s pinnacle, and if you’re like me then you have your tree up and your decorations out.  We have a lot of handmade ornaments and decorations in our home.  This year we added these to the collection… Pipe Cleaner Ice Crystals.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 12-inch white iridescent pipe cleaners
  • Clear beads (regular or sunburst… I used regular beads because that’s all I could find)
  • fishing line or any kind of clear line
  • scissors


Step One: Take six pipe cleaners and use your scissors to cut them in half.  Separate one of the pipe cleaners from the bunch and use it to bind the others together by twisting it around the bunch.


Step Two: Pull the ends apart to make a burst.

Step Three: Push several beads onto a pipe cleaner, spacing them out slightly.
Step Four: Secure the end by bending the tip of the pipe cleaner down around the top bead and inserting it the bead below it, no sharp ends are exposed.

Step Five: Repeat steps three and four until the entire thing is covered in beautiful, sparkly beads!  Hang them by the clear fishing line.  Hang your pipe cleaner ice crystals on the tree, on the mantle, or in a doorway.  They are really gorgeous with the tree lights sparkling behind them.

You can make a smaller ice crystal by cutting the 12-inch pipe cleaners into thirds instead of halves, for a little bit of variation.
This is a great activity to do with young children (supervised).  Putting the beads on the pipe cleaners helps them with small motor skills and will keep them busy for quite awhile.  They’ll love hanging them when they are done!


  1. kenniraye says:

    Oh, these will be a fun DIY with our son!!! Kids love to create – especially when they don’t need lots of instructions. Thanks, Jenny!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kenni-Raye! I hope you all have fun making these! Merry Christmas! <3

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