Arms Museum visitors hand-make decorations



Visitors to the Arms Family Museum could see vintage ornaments Saturday – and then make their own ornaments in the hands-on history room.

Many of the vintage ornaments on display are also handmade.

“We wanted to do an event every weekend” during the current exhibit, said Leann Rich, manager of education and external relations.

It gives visitors a chance to try something new if they visit more than once, she added.

Lori Murphy of Boardman and Gabrielle Gibson of Wampum, Pa., tried their hand at making ornaments this weekend.

“We heard it was for kids down here, but we came anyway,” Murphy said, laughing.

Murphy has visited the museum in the past, but it was the first time for Gibson.

“She loves nostalgic stuff, so I couldn’t wait to bring her here to see it,” Murphy said.

Beads and pipe cleaners in a variety of colors were provided for participants. Some strung the beads on the pipe cleaners to craft ornaments while others twisted several pipe cleaners together to form a candy cane or wreath shape.

“It’s so cute,” Gibson said.

Both plan to hang their handmade ornaments on their trees at home.

The chance to make ornaments is great for kids, Murphy said.

Gibson added, “They

can’t touch anything upstairs.”

Logan Lewis, 10, of Niles, and Maggie Dignan, 9, of Niles, agreed.

Making the ornaments was “really cool,” Lewis said.

Dignan said, “It’s the best part here, with the chalkboards [display].”

Lewis used pipe cleaners to make an ornament.

“I’m making kind of a colorful candy cane,” Lewis said.

Dignan twisted some pipe cleaners to form an ornament, too, and created a wreath with beads.

They plan to hang them up at home.

“I have a tree in my room, so I’m going to hang it on that,” Dignan said.

It’s nice a kids’ section is offered, they said.

“While the adults go look around upstairs, the kids can do anything down here,” Dignan said.

A candy-cane workshop will be offered Saturday at the Tyler History Center, and a variety of lectures will be offered throughout December and into January in conjunction with the Memories of Christmas Past exhibit currently on display at the Arms Museum.

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