Threading with beads is great fine motor practice for little hands, and with Valentines Day approaching, what better use for your beaded pipe cleaners than to turn them into heart ornaments! Pipe cleaners are great for this type of ornament as they are so flexible and easy to shape, so you could make lots of different versions of this craft for any season of the year – pipe cleaner beaded candy cane ornaments are also really popular at Christmas!

These pipe cleaner beading heart decorations for Valentines day are really easy for kids to make, and great fine motor practice with the threading


To make this craft you’ll need: (per heart)

  • Pipe cleaner
  • Beads
  • Ribbon
  • 1 bell

We used the heart bead decoration craft kits from Baker Ross which will provide all of this in one convenient package. You can get a pack of 6 for £3.49 or pack of 30 for £15.90

supplies for pipe cleaner bead threading

Making Valentines Heart Bead Decorations

First, we added one bead to the middle of the pipe cleaner, which marks where the point of the heart will be.

pipe cleaner bead threadingThen, the kids worked on threading beads onto both sides of the pipe cleaners. They can make a specific pattern with the beads, or just put them on however they like – depending on age.

pipe cleaner bead threading

My youngest is 4 and was able to thread the beads easily and independently, since the pipe cleaners are pretty easy to work with. Kids can thread the whole heart in about five minutes, so it’s a quick and easy craft but does take concentration while they are putting it together.

pipe cleaner bead threading

Once the whole pipe cleaner is threaded, bend it into a good heart shape and tie it together at the top. Then add some ribbon to hang it up.

My kids all enjoyed making these beaded heart decorations and they are an ideal quick and easy non messy craft for when you have a few spare minutes to fill.

pipe cleaner bead threading hearts

More Valentines Crafts

Check out the entire Valentines range at Baker Ross.

You might also like some of these other ideas here on In The Playroom

Valentines Thumbprint Heart Bookmark

“I Leaf You” Valentines Day Card

Scented Spice Painted Valentines Cards

Valentines Chatterbox Printable

Glittery Valentines Day Process Art

Follow our Valentines Day board on Pinterest for even more ideas

Follow Anna – In The Playroom’s board Valentines on Pinterest.

And don’t forget to pin this craft for later, or share with your friends on Facebook

pipe cleaner bead threading hearts craft for Valentines day

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