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Bread Dough Clay – Beads for Kids!

This is a safe, non-toxic way to provide clay for your children to make their own beads. Remember when your children have finished forming the beads: ALL BEADS ARE BEAUTIFUL.

You will need:

1 slice white bread
1 tsp white glue
1 tbsp water
food coloring
clear glaze or nail polish

How to make the clay:
Cut or tear crusts from bread. Discard crusts. Pour glue, then water, onto the center of the slice of bread. Knead until dough doesn’t stick to your fingers. Divide dough into several parts and add a few drops of food coloring to each. Knead until color is well blended. Place each color in a separate plastic bag. Makes enough clay for several small objects and many beads!

Making the Beads:
Work with only a small portion of clay at a time. Shape beads, pierce with a bamboo skewer and allow them to dry overnight. When dry, spray with clear glaze or paint with clear nail polish. Bread dough clay can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.


March 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

An Easy Button Brooch Project


Get out your glue gun! This project could not be easier, and as you can see, you can make a very nice pin.

I started with a wood heart shape that I purchased from the craft store. They are around $.25 each. You can spray paint it a background color if you wish. Next, get out your button box and fish around for the buttons you want to use. Be careful – you do not want to glue on buttons which may be old or valuable and which would be damaged beyond repair by gluing. In my brooch, I used buttons that are antique-looking, as well as some ubiquitous shirt and blouse buttons in the color scheme I chose, in order to fill in any open spaces. You will want a variety of small to large buttons to get the effect of my brooch.

Trace your heart shape onto a piece of paper and then play with arranging your buttons in a pleasing fashion. When you are happy, get your glue gun heated up, and start gluing, beginning with the buttons on the bottom layer. Having flat sew-through buttons on the bottom will help you to arrange the shank buttons so that they also lay flat.

After your buttons are glued on and the glue is dry, glue a pin back onto the back of the heart. Viola!

I once took these heart shapes (with the pinback already glued on) to my son’s second grade class for Valentine’s Day. I provided the children with colorful shirt buttons, glitter, confetti, and bits of ribbon. First they used crayons to color the heart cutout. This meant that they didn’t have to cover the whole thing with buttons. Of course, the Room Moms did the gluing, the children did the designing. I still love the pin my son made for me!

February 1, 2008 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

Toddler Beading

In my store, I often have customers who are young mothers. They need to bead, but they have a small child who needs to be entertained, and who is also fascinated by mommy’s beading. Here are some ideas for those of you who have the same problem.

Cut yarn into 2 foot long strips. Give the children a big bowl of cheerios and fruit loops and tell them “these are YOUR beads!” Let them string their “beads” onto the yarn, and when they are happy with their beadwork (be sure to lavish the praise along the way), tie their yarn into a knot, let them put on their beautiful creation, and then let them eat the necklace while they watch TV or play.

Use this opportunity to teach your child to respect your beads and know the difference between their beads and yours. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure they understand that your beads do not go in the mouth! Some of our beads are delicious looking. And…tying something around your child’s neck can be a strangulation hazard as well. Be sure your child is well-supervised while wearing his or her necklace, and throw away or cut open the yarn when the “beads” have been consumed.

Even more fun, use licorice ropes to string the cereal on. This will eliminate the concerns about choking on the yarn…and it will make your dentist very happy. 🙂

Another idea is to use those big wooden macramé beads. For small children, though, make sure the beads do not present a choking hazard. Square beads are really great for this. Plastic pony beads, large animal-shaped beads and so forth can be added to the mix. Along with this, give them long shoe-strings in bright colors (check the closeout section of your local variety stores.) Children can make necklaces, pull-toys and so forth with their creations.

For older children, try making beads from dryer lint, potatoes and other materials. There are lots of “recipes” for these available. If any of you are interested in more recipes for hand-crafted beads, please let me know and I will include some of these recipes in a future blog entry.




January 24, 2008 at 7:50 pm 1 comment


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