Let the kids' creativity run wild with these handmade projects using beads, clay, and office supplies. With their new baubles, they'll never have to borrow your jewelry again.
There's no finer necklace for summer than a string of colorful beads. And when you make the beads yourself, they're sure to look especially pretty. Use a mixture of white bread, glue, and a few drops of lemon juice to make a perfect clay that can be colored with acrylic or tempera paint mixed right in.
We used only the finest materials -- crepe paper, a feather, and stars and ribbon -- to create this chic pin. After all, a party calls for fancy wear. The concept is simple: Layer items on a triangle precut from card stock, then add a self-adhesive pin backing (available at crafts stores).
These fabric-flower bands will be a hit with your daughter and her friends. Start by snipping fabric flowers, such as the vintage ones shown here, from their stems. Wrap ribbon around your finger to determine the approximate length you'll need; cut ribbon to size, adding about 1/4 inch for overlap. Use a hot-glue gun to join ends together, forming a loop, and to add flowers to ribbon bands.
It's hard to believe these glitzy bangles began as humble paper-towel tubes. Prepare for the party by slicing the tubes into rings with a utility knife. Wait until kids are finished decorating before you snip the rings open for wearing -- gluing is easier when they're still intact.