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Threaded decorations

Make your own wooden threading disc - an activity and a decoration all in one! Makes a great children's woodworking activity.

Art & Creating


Another great wooden disc/cookie activity. Create your own design, drill the holes and use for a simple threading activity for younger children.

We used a simple square to create an effective Christmas present image, but you could use any shape you like.

* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one – often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • wooden discs
  • palm drill
  • pen
  • threading laces or similar
  • scissors

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use
Art & Creating

Step #1 Draw design on your disc

Choose a simple design and plot spots on the outline where you will drill a hole. Think about where the thread will go on the design.

Look at our Threading Decorations product if you want some ideas.

Art & Creating

Step #2 Drill the holes

Using a palm drill create holes that go right through the wooden discs. Look at our drilling a wooden disc activity for top tips!

Don't forget to drill a hole at the top if you want to hang up your threaded disc.

Art & Creating

Step #3 Thread your decoration

Use threading laces or make your own laces with coloured wool (put a bit of tape around the ends for easy threading).

Add a loop of ribbon, wool or string to hang your decoration up.

Take it further

  • Use for fine motor activities
  • Give it away as a little prezzie
  • Make several decorations and hang them on your Christmas tree, or a pot plant, or use unbent paperclips and hang them from a tinsel garland
  • Decorate your favourite tree outdoors - you could do this for Tree Dressing Day on the first weekend of December
  • What other shapes or pictures could you create using threading?

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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