Beaded Love Catcher

It’s not a dream catcher, and it’s definitely not a sun catcher—since Valentine’s Day is on the brain, we’re calling it a love catcher. While my big kids were out skiing with Daddy last weekend, my toddler and I dyed a bunch of macaroni noodles red, cut up a handful of paper straws, sorted heart-shaped pony beads, then threaded everything onto pipe cleaners + twine to craft this mini masterpiece. It was such a treat getting to make something with just my two-year-old, on his level (he loves noodles + beads!), with no interruptions.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 3 pipe cleaners

  • Paper straws

  • Beads

  • Colored pasta

  • Twine

  • Ribbon

  • Wooden dowel

  • Foam heart stickers

TO FORM THE BEADED SHAPES

  1. Cut the paper straws into many pieces of different sizes.

  2. Arrange some of the straws, beads, and pasta into a fun pattern and slide them onto one pipe cleaner.

  3. Bend the pipe cleaner into a circle, square, triangle, or heart, and twist the ends together to secure its shape.

  4. Repeat with the remaining pipe cleaners.

TO MAKE THE PENNANTS

  1. Cut a small piece of twine and tie it around one of your pipe cleaner shapes to form a loop.

  2. Stick a foam heart on either side of the knot, so the heart dangles in the center of the pipe cleaner shape.

  3. Place another heart sticker over the top, if you’d like.

  4. Repeat to create a second or third pennant.

TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

  1. Tie your shapes to the dowel.

  2. Tie the ribbon to the ends of the dowel so you can hang and admire your love catcher!

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