How to Make Decoupaged Bead Necklaces with Kidscomments (6) July 22nd, 2009
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
- 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.
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 might need to help your kids with this next part: stringing the necklace.
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.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery