So, now that I’m homeschooling my youngest I can share with you some of my FUN FUN projects. This week we are learning about Ancient Africa. Today’s project is Paper Bead Necklaces. If you google this you will find a bunch of information on the web and I’ve even seen some You Tubes about this. So if the instructions in Story of the World book is not helpful or you want to try it differently I urge you to look it. I’ve listed how I did this below, as my instructions are a bit different. (Not much though.)
*Paper (copy paper, magazine pages, construction paper, wallpaper samples, old ads,etc. just no newspaper)
*markers, crayons, pens
*a glue stick
*Decoupage (glossy) *this is optional
*a toothpick or pencil (the end of a thin paint brush will work too)
*string (or embroidery floss for some more color)
Really, there is a lot you can leave to the imagination when it comes to paper, string and even glue with this project. I’ve seen some use distressed markers on the edges to give it an even cooler look with plain white paper. (Watch the Youtube on that one.)
Ok. Now that you have your stuff time to make the triangles. The book recommends doing them 4 inches high by 1 to 2 inches for the base. For younger kids, I would probably agree as a 2 inch base with a pencil is REALLY easy to roll. You need a toothpick to roll a one inch triangle and that might be hard for younger kids. As you can see. I just didn’t like how the 4 inch height came out. Just too cylinder for me. I made another one with a one inch base and 8.5 inches high. When I asked my son which he preferred, he said he liked latter one. So my instructions are as followed.
*Take plan copy paper (8.5×11)and mark ever half inch along the long side. Next take a ruler and draw a line from every other mark on one side to every other mark on the other side. (don’t worry about too many pencil lines, it will get covered up anyways) This will make your triangles. What is nice it that they just back to back one another for and easy cut. (If you have copier and plan to make may, I recommend just photocopying a bunch to save on having to do this repeatedly). Now cut your triangles out. I use a paper cutter but you can easily use regular old scissors.
*(if you using color paper you can skip this) Next you then color the edges as you can see. Just make sure you color the entire tip as that will be shown. If you have pencil marks on your paper be sure to color on the side with no marks. You can attempt a pattern by drawing squiggly lines or straight lines on the edges.
Once everything is colored, you then roll. You take the larger end of the strip and place just a tiny part of glue on the end that is colored. This will help when you go to roll it on the toothpick. Next, you then roll the strip tightly around the middle of the toothpick with the colored side facing up.
Keep rolling till you hit the tail. Usually I stick a bit of glue on the tail and it sticks. If you find that it won’t stick, smother the top with glue and then gently press and smooth it down on your newly formed bead.
I kept mine on the toothpicks and then glazed them with glossy Decoupage. This made them a bit more shinier and harder. More like a bead. Just be careful as you could Decoupage them to the toothpick. Not that I would know this from experience. lol
Once you are done with all the beads, (and the Decoupage is dry, if you Decoupaged) you just place them on the string through the center hole. Be sure to make the string long enough that your child can fit it over their head.