Kids Propeller Core Christmas Ornament

Kids Propeller Core Christmas Ornament

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Easy kids Christmas ornament is fun to make and cool!

Kids Propeller Core Christmas Ornament

The finished size is about 1.75 inches high.

It's round! Made of 8 propeller blades that kids can decorate first and then put together.

2 versions - ready-to-color ornament or already colored ornament.

This is smaller and simpler than our propeller strip ornament.

Grade 2 through 6th grade

Unusual materials:
2 large beads or macaroni
Optional candle
Optional plastic needle
Optional glitter and glitter pan

Copies of an activity page for each student

Glue – white glue or glue stick
A Pencil (may be shared)
Colored pencils or markers
Paper Punch
18 to 20 inch piece of string for each student
2 large beads or macaroni with a hole (beads larger than punch hole)
Optional candle
Optional glitter and glitter pan
Table covering
Optional plastic needle



OPTION: Teacher plan ahead and cut the strings the night before class and work in a dab of glue on each sting end. Lay on plastic or wax paper. Let them dry stiff and straight.

Follow instructions in order below:


1A. Color ornament if not already colored. 1B. Glitter if desired.

2. Cut all propeller on heavy solid lines (to the large center circle) and mini straw box.

Each piece coming out from the center is called a blade.

3. Put glue on mini straw glue space. Make mini straw by rolling pencil as shown. Tape to hold glue. Remove pencil.

4. Punch holes in all small circles on propeller blade ends.

5. Fold over 1 propeller blade end near the center to get your paper punch to the center hole. Punch center hole.

6. Gently pick up the whole propeller and turn it over (colored side down) .

7. Get your string and bead. Put the bead on the string.

8. Even up the ends. Tie the bead in the center of the string just by crossing the string and looping the ends over each other and pull

9. If you have a candle, press the ends of the string into the unlit candle and pull out to coat the tips with a bit of wax. Repeat if needed to keep the ends from fraying if you did not prepare the string in advance. This is not a foolproof method, but it helps stiffen ends and inhibit fraying. Squeeze your fingers on the string to the ends, pressing the wax into the string fibers.
(See plan ahead glue tips)
10A. Take both ends of the string and put them through the center hole in the propeller from the colored side to the uncolored side. Lay it all on the table – 10B. Though at this point if you pull the strings around in the air gently, the propeller blade will twirl and it is a lot of fun.

11. (Optional) put a tiny dab of glue at the center 0 on the blank side.

12. Take both ends of the string and push them gently through the straw. Be patient.

13. Take any propeller blade end and put the strings through it’s hole from the uncolored side out to the colored side.

The straw becomes a spacer.

14. Put a dab of glue on the 0 that has the strings through it.

15. Repeat steps 13 and 14 for all the blades. It does not matter what order they are in.

16. Press all the ends down toward the straw.

17. When all are strung, add the other bead to one string and press it all the way down to the straw.

18. Tie the string and pull the tie all the way down, pressing the bead as close to the straw as possible without ripping anything. Double knot the string.

19. With the free ends of the string, tie them together over a glue stick or fat marker or 3 fingers of another student to make a loop. Cut off excess string.

Lower images are this propeller ornament.

Upper images are larger propeller strips ornaments.