For a beautiful lady

October 16, 2008

sara necklaceIt doesn’t matter if your daughter makes it for herself, or if your son makes it for you, because this necklace is very pretty and super easy and fun to make!

And I’m pretty sure you’ll have all of the ‘ingredients’ in your house, so you can get right to it!

This is what you need:

Start with cutting the magazine into tapered strips. You can vary the shape of the strips – thinner and more triangular for smaller and thicker beads, or wider and more ‘square’ for longer, thinner beads.

make beads 1Now, roll the paper strip onto the skewer, nice and tight (but not too tight or it won’t come off the skewer), ending with the skinny side. Use the glue to secure the end. I think kiddie glue is less strong than normal glue, but given the fact that it was my job to do the rolling and my daughter’s job to do the glueing, I thought it to be the safest option!

When the glue has dried you can add glitter, or paint and lacquer them, but we left them as is and made them into a nice and long necklace. You can also make them into a beautiful garland, or even possibly a Christmas tree decoration? The possibilities are pretty much endless!
make beads2

My daughter really loved this art project, and even though she doesn’t yet have the skill of rolling the beads, she was very happy to take care of the glueing and threading. And she’s extremely pleased with the result (as am I)!

xxx Esther


Comments (9)

October 16, 2008

I’m so impressed, I’m afraid my son won’t have the patience needed to go through the whole process!!

October 16, 2008

ohhh, i can’t wait to make them for xmas presents-what a great idea-thanks!!!

October 17, 2008

what a brilliant idea – I’ll have to try this with Anouk! Love the pic of Sara, she looks more and more like you!

October 17, 2008

Love it, perfect timing as I am stuck at home with a kid covered in chicken pox, who is getting more and more bored by the minute!

October 17, 2008

My 23 month old won’t get it… but I think I’ll have a play while he’s napping. Looks like great larks!

October 17, 2008

This really looks great. Just in time as we need a present for grandma’s birthday!

October 17, 2008

I’m so impressed with you!! That’s quite a project.
And yes- I agree with Daniela that Sara is looking more and more like you!

October 17, 2008

This project sounds like fun and quite doable- looking forward to giving it a try with my son.

btw- your daughter is very cute!

November 4, 2008

Wow, talk about perfect timing! I need ideas for art and craft activities for my sister.

This is a great way to tap into kids’ creativity, and show them that — with a little imagination — we can create many things with what most consider “junk.” That’s a lot of savings, too!

Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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