Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Hama Bead Star



I remember Hama Beads from when I was very young - you have a peg board, lay out beads to make some kind of pattern or picture, and iron them through a piece of greaseproof paper to make them melt and stick together.

Looking at their website, they now make huge beads (for younger children) and tiny ones (for adults who want to make higher-resolution images). With the Brownies, we always use the regular 'midi' size, which are also the ones I remember from my childhood.

While the girls were making their pictures, I decided to play with the idea of Hama Beads as Christmas decoration. I grabbed some festive red and green, and a star-shaped board, with fairly predictable results. I think it just needs a gold ribbon and it can go on the tree. If you were to do this with your children and restrict them to festive colours (I think sparkly colours like gold and silver are also available, for added excitement) then you'd struggle not to end up with something cute and seasonal.




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15 comments:

JadeLD said...

I love Hama bead, they are so simple but so effective and perfect for little brownie hands.

Tay Talk said...

This is what I love about the blog world. FLASH BACKS! I have not thought about Hama beads since forever ago. Crack me up, I love it!

Tabor said...

You are one tenacious crafty person. I can just imagine how exhausting you were to raise.

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

We've been loving Christmas crafts with paper chains, woven paper hearts and NZ seasonal Pohutukawa tree decorations. We have Hama beads in a box not used for some time. Thank you for reminding me! The girls will enjoy making some decorations, or festive drink coasters - nice gifts for teachers too :)

Louiz said...

Yeah, except I hate Hama beads... they always end up on the floor, usually under my feet. It's the same reason I hate lego too... Nothing like a sharp little toy on a bare foot at 4 in the morning to remind you why "tidy up time" is not optional!

liliannattel said...

My kids love these. They've made many in different shapes. I have one hanging above my desk!

Chef E said...

I made these with the kids during home school social, and we loved them...now I wished I had kept them...I only kept one, and it hangs on my cabinet in the kitchen...

Great idea for simple celebrating- don't get me started on the spending that goes on with the holidays...

Ginny said...

I have never seen these or heard of the name! They do have something that looks like this st the craft store, tiny ones with a peg board. Each item you buy is enough to make the design that it comes with, like a clown or a fish. But I thought you just put them on the board? I wonder if you iron these, I need to go back and look, our girls might like it.

Slamdunk said...

Very creative.

This time of year, I am too excited about all of the freshly baked cookies to think about being creative--not that I have much to work with anyway.

Holly said...

I never did this when I was a kid, but I have these beads (called Pealers beads here) so the kids. They are kinda fun!

yogurt said...

These are post my childhood and I don't think my kids have made these either. Hama Bead Deprived.

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Fly Girl said...

You are very crafty indeed. I always avaoid bead crafts because they always end up in every nook and cranny and the cat and rabbit love to eat them.

christine said...

Tabor - she was lovely to raise - I was always doing some sort of craft or other, so it was never a problem. though when she was younger, she wasn't interested in knitting at all, unlike now:-)

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That turned out well. I've never used those. I've only ever seen them on the TV.

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