Children love to make jewellery for themselves, their friends and their relatives. Necklaces are excellent jewellery projects that allow children to work on fine motor skills, pattern identification and creation as they string beads. Using small beads and thin wire or string will only lead to frustration in young jewellery artists. To teach children how to bead an easier form of necklace, use shoelaces and beads with holes large enough to fit through the shoelace. The plastic on the tip of the shoelace will allow for easier beading. Look for long and colourful laces.
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Things you need
- Long, colourful shoelaces
- Large beads
String the first bead onto the shoelace, holding the bead steady in the less-dominant hand and being careful not to cover the opening in the bead. Hold the plastic tip of the shoelace in the dominant hand and bring this up to the bead. Push the plastic end through the hole in the bead.
Tie the first bead onto the end of the shoelace by tying the shoelace around the bead and back onto itself. This way, it and other beads will not slip off the end. You will untie it before finishing the necklace.
Continue stringing on other beads until the necklace is as full as you desire. Make a pattern by repeating colour or use beads at random.
Untie the shoelace from around the first bead. Tie the ends of the shoelace together using a double knot to secure. Place the shoelace necklace over the head to wear; no clasp is necessary.
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