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Strawtastic Jewelry!

Posted by Vickie Howell on April 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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Chain is charming and beads are beautiful, but for kids, a plastic-petal necklace can be jewelry at its finest. Let this week's Craft Apparent project be the final straw towards getting your kiddo to accessorize. Sip, sip, sup--here's how to whip these baubles up!

Materials
Handful of Drinking Straws (2 colors)
Scissors
Yarn or String
Large-Eyed Needle
Large Sequin (Optional)

How-To
Necklace:
  • Cut straws into 1" pieces.
  • Thread needle with a length of yarn (as long as you want the necklace plus several extra inches for safety.)  Alternate stringing straw pieces and sequin until the necklace is long enough to fit over the wearer's head.  Tie two ends in a knot; cut off excess.
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Flower Pendant:
  • Cut 3-1/4", 3- 1" and 6-1 1/4" straw pieces; cut length of yarn.  Thread needle.
  • String the 3 smallest straw pieces and knot in a circle to create flower center.  DO NOT CUT YARN.
  • String long-medium-long straw pieces onto the yarn end coming from the center; tie back at center to create petal.  Repeat for 3 remaining petals, ending with a knot at the center. 

  • Tie flower to necklace.  Cut yarn.
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Bracelet:
  • Cut as many 1/2" lengths of straw as needed to create the bracelet length desired.  Make as for necklace.
For less razzley-dazzley accessories, skip the sequin.

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 This is a great project for birthday parties or classrooms!

xx,
Vickie

2 Comments

Liz writes...

An alternative to the large eyed needle is a cut length of chenille stem (pipe cleaner). Bend one end around the string to hold it, and away you go -- a project even littler kids can try! Just be sure to put some tape at the other end of the string/yarn so the "jewlry" doesn't escape before the project is finished.

Liz writes...

For younger kids:
Tape one end of the yarn so the beads don't slip off, and

Use a piece of chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in place of the needle. You can clamp the chenille stem at one end to keep the yarn from slipping out.

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