Making paper jewelry is a fun craft project to do with children that will teach them about ecology, art, early Math, different aspects of Geometry and social skills.
Who would you do this project with:
Children four years and above.
What would you need:
Recycling paper like old newspaper, junk mail, magazines that you throw any way.
Dowel – I used wooden bar-b-queue skewers broken into two pieces. Tooth picks, and wooden pencils may also be used for this purpose which will give varying results in shapes.
A plastic mat or something to work on to save the table top.
How would you do it:
Cut the papers into 3″ strips and then into 3″x1″ triangles with the two sides equal. For older kids this does not need to be done by adults but for people five years and under it has to be done by adults.
Take one piece of paper triangle and lay on the mat.
Apply a bit of glue rolling the glue stick on the pointy (apex) part of the triangle.
Show them how you need only a little bit to use and how you roll down the glue stick and close the cap.
Take your dowel and starting from the wide base part of the triangle roll the triangle all the way up to the point where you put glue. Make sure the glue sticks nicely. Roll it a couple of times with your fingers to make a smooth cylindrical bead.
Gently slide off the bead from the dowel.
Some people at this point like to brush a mixture of one part clear glue with three parts water solution to give the beads a smooth feel and extra strength. Some like to brush clear nail polish for the same reason or spray sealant to give that polish.
I found at that point kids just want to hold them, posses them and show off their art, so I do not do it. You may ask them if they want to make necklace or bracelet with them. In that case give them some yarn to string.
You may talk about ecology, recycling and how we can make art reusing the things we otherwise would throw away. Why is it important ? Involve them in the discussion and what can be done in the future? Get more recycling ideas in general. Get more art project ideas to do with recycling materials.
Tell them that today they made paper beads and paper jewelry.
Talk about the history of paper beads. In Victorian times women used to spend time making these paper jewelry leisurely in their parlors using the remnants of wall papers.
I hope you and the children will enjoy doing this project.