Making light weight jewelry has become one of my 2 years old’s favorite activities lately. We have made countless necklaces and bracelets as of late. Today I’ll be sharing one of our most favorite necklaces to make- a paper beads necklace. We make the paper beads out of paper straws for this kids craft. You will only need a few supplies and this is actually a great activity to work on fine motor skills. Stringing and even counting are part of this necklace making activity so if you want to add a little education into the fun, you can!
Paper Beads Necklace Tutorial
Paper Beads Necklace Supplies Needed:
- Colorful Paper Straws
Directions For This Paper Straw Craft:
Start by gathering your supplies and grab a seat at your table. We like to work on the floor so that’s just fine too! You may need to help your child with this first part depending on their age … cut the straws into 1-2″ pieces to make your paper beads. Always use safety tips for crafting and make sure sharp scissors are out of reach of small children. Once you have cut your paper straws, cut a piece of your twine. It can be short or long! Whatever your child prefers. We like to make our necklaces a little longer so that my daughter can just slip them over her head instead of having to untie and tie the twine each time.
Now you are ready to start stringing your straw paper beads and beads. We alternated one piece of straw with 2 beads but any pattern that you and your child want to do is perfectly fine! Once you have the length you would like covered, tie the ends together. You have a paper beads necklace!
Since paper straws and beads come in so many colors, there are lots of different combinations that you can make! This would be a perfect playdate activity to do with a group of kids or even a birthday party!
Has your child ever made his/her own jewelry? This would be a great craft activity for the first time jewelry maker. Give this activity a try soon!