If you're looking for a Christmas craft to do with your kids, or want to help your Bible school students create a decorative project that reminds them of their lesson on guardian angels, beaded crafts are ideal. A number of angel-themed bead projects make age-appropriate crafts your children or young students will enjoy. Beads add color and texture, and a few more items can turn the project into a keepsake that will last for years.
Beaded Angel Portrait
Give children a choice of construction paper in various shades, or hues that match with the holiday season, such as red and green, or snowflake shades such as off-white and blue.
Provide each child with an angel-shaped stencil to place on top of his or her construction paper. Help each child trace the angel shape onto the paper with a pencil, if necessary.
Help each child retrace the angel shape with glue.
Give children beads (in small containers placed on their work table) to place on the glue to enhance the angel shape. Choose beads in silver, white, red and green shades for Christmas, or multicolored beads to make the angel image stand out. Let glue dry.
Write each child's name on the construction paper with a calligraphy pen, or pen a phrase such as "(Child's name)'s guardian angel."
Frame each beaded angel and cover with the plastic or glass casing that comes with the frame to complete the craft.
Beaded Angel Jewelry
Place colored beads and charms shaped like angels and other items, such as stars, hearts or crosses, with holes in the center, in small containers on the table.
Cut the elastic thread at appropriate lengths, depending on each child's wrist size, or whether the child wants to make a bracelet or necklace.
Show the children how to pull the elastic thread through the hole in each bead or charm to make jewelry. Offer a few suggestions for how to complete the angel-themed jewelry, such as placing the angel charm in the center and including cross or heart charms around it to signify the love and protection angels provide.
Help children continue adorning the bracelet or necklace with additional colorful beads, and provide enough room at each end of the thread to tie the ends together.
Spray the bracelet or necklace with glitter and allow it to dry for a few minutes to complete the craft.
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