May is a busy month with birthdays, year-end celebrations, sports, and Mother's Day! Sometimes special dinners out and shopping trips don't make the final agenda before Mother's Day. And though I sometimes enjoy the quite solitude when everyone leaves our home, I really love experiencing all of us together in this space - making and creating.
So why not craft together as an activity for Mother's Day? Or have your children to create alongside special grandmothers or aunts for a sweet Mother's Day experience?
This is an incredibly budget-friendly (slightly time intensive) craft that all three of my children enjoyed. Gather together:
- Paper (we chose rainbow and only used one piece of each color paper to make all the beads here)
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Glitter glue (really, any glue is fine, but glitter makes everything better, right?)
- Pencil or pen (to wrap the paper)
- String or twine for necklace/bracelet/anklet creations
First step? Cut isosceles (ish) triangles out of your paper. Ours were about an inch at the thick end. Here's the important next step: begin with the thick end and tightly wind the entire triangle around the pencil. We made different shapes by doing this. Some beads were exactly symmetrical, some looked more like cones or party hats, and others looked like a wobbly top.
As you get close to the end of the wrapped paper, squirt a dollop of glitter glue on the front and back of the end tail and graciously smear it all over the end and the rest of the bead. This will help secure the tight wrap and spread the glitter around the whole bead.
Once the bead is secured, carefully remove it from the skewer and let it dry for a few minutes before crafting further.
String your handmade beads for necklaces and bracelets that are one of a kind. You'll have the finished product made from little hands, and the priceless memory of the entire experience as a special Mother's Day treat.
Happy Mama's Day! And happy crafting!