How to Make Decoupage Bead Necklaces with Kids

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Your necklace is ready to wear! You can either tie a knot and leave it long enough to slip over your childrens heads, or tie a bow  in the back for them each time they wear it.
Before you get started with the kids, drill 2 holes in each disc. In order to hold the disc down and prevent the possibility of drilling through your table, use a large binder clip and clamp the disc to the first chunk of pages from an old phone book. Drill a hole on each side of the disk for stringing, or just one if you want to make pendants instead.
Gather all of your bead decorating materials and pour some Mod Podge into a shallow container for each kid. Rip the tissue paper into small bits before getting started, as soon everyone will have sticky fingers.
Your necklace is ready to wear! You can either tie a knot and leave it long enough to slip over your childrens heads, or tie a bow  in the back for them each time they wear it.

Your necklace is ready to wear! You can either tie a knot and leave it long enough to slip over your children's heads, or tie a bow  in the back for them each time they wear it.

Photo: Linda Permann

By gathering just a few simple supplies from the craft store and around the house, you can make some fun jewelry with your kids. Here, I'll show you how to make decoupaged beads and one way to string them into a pretty necklace. Your kids could do a number of things to decorate the beads, however-- such as drawing or painting on then, covering them in glitter, or dyeing them (use your judgement to decide which technique is appropriate  based on your kids' age and patience level).

What You'll Need:

  • Wooden Discs from the craft store (shown in 1 and 1.5 inch size)-- hint: the smaller the kid, the bigger the disc. I used 1 large and 2 small discs for the final necklace
  • Four 1/2 inch wooden beads
  • Drill
  • Phone book
  • Scraps of tissue paper, crepe paper, or other materials to use for decoupage
  • Mod podge
  • Container for mod podge (I used a jar lid)
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  • Small amount of yarn or string and yarn needle

Before you get started with the kids, drill 2 holes in each disc. In order to hold the disc down and prevent the possibility of drilling through your table, use a large binder clip and clamp the disc to the first chunk of pages from an old phone book.

  Drill a hole on each side of the disk for stringing, or just one if you want to make pendants instead.

 

  Gather all of your bead decorating materials and pour some Mod Podge into a shallow container for each kid. Rip the tissue paper into small bits before getting started, as soon everyone will have sticky fingers.

 

  To cover the sides, saturate the paper with Mod Podge till it's easy to wrap around the edge. When the bead is a little more dry, you may roll it on it's side to compress the paper further.

 

 

  Add layers of different papers, if desired. I actually used a cupcake wrapper with a floral design to accent these beads.

 

Use a toothpick or skewer to re-punch the drilled holes (which you've likely covered in paper). If you can't make out where the holes are, poke around on the back side of the bead until you find them.

  You can give the beads one more coat of Mod Podge for extra shine after this step if you'd like. Let the beads dry completely.

 

You might need to help your kids with this next part: stringing the necklace.

  Cut two 28" long pieces of yarn or string. Thread one strand through one hole on the large pendant, lining up the ends of the yarn so the bead falls to the center. Tie a knot.

String a round wooden bead over  both strands and tie another knot. String both strands through the smaller bead from the front to the back and then back through the front, knot, add another wooden bead, and knot. Repeat for the other side.

  The necklace is ready to wear! You can either tie a knot and leave it long enough to slip over your kids' heads, or tie a bow  in the back for them each time they wear it.
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Comments (6)

fantazya writes: nice,, and not only for kids :-0
Posted: 5:36 pm on July 15th
MaggieMcStout writes: What a great activity...easy, affordable, great craft item,
fun to do.
Posted: 3:08 pm on August 6th
LuluKW writes: Great idea - and your method of safely drilling holes in the discs is superb!
Posted: 10:17 pm on November 19th
malekat writes: very nice
Posted: 8:35 am on September 10th
nicolesol writes: Recién ingresé a CraftStylish y les cuento que hace poco empecé a confeccionar artesanía, y para esto, había empezado a hacer mis propios abalorios, pero aún no se me había ocurrido cómo adornarlos y esta idea ES GENIAL. Muchas gracias. Seguiré maravillándome con esta grandiosa página.
Saludos.

Nicolesol
Posted: 10:49 pm on August 26th
seabreeze77 writes: This is so cute. Perfect for the kids to make and make one for me too.
Posted: 7:10 pm on August 20th
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