Last week, while The Little People & I had an afternoon at home, I asked them if they fancied doing some making and of course they said "Yes!". I used to make jewellery as little gifts (before life got so hectic) so I got out a bag of beads, bead board and a few (child safe) tools. The children chose a small bag of mixed pink beads, some white/ cream beads and a few charms and they set to work!
I showed them how to set the beads out on the board and asked them who they would like to make a present for (they told me but I can't reveal the lucky recipient here yet) I then asked did they want to make a necklace or bracelet & they decided on a bracelet then set to work laying out the beads.
|Little Miss checking out the beads|
Next came threading! Because I wanted them to be able to do as much of the making as possible I chose to use elastic to thread the beads onto rather than wire or anything that would require me to take over their project, as it happens the person they chose to make it for will likely be glad that there are no fiddly fastenings to worry about.
I was really impressed with how patient Little Miss was with threading the beads, she dropped a few but didn't give up. I helped her by holding the elastic thread steady while she beaded.
I knotted the thread together several times and melted the thread ends to prevent it coming undone and there was our beaded bracelet all finished - complete with a "made with love" charm, and it certainly was!
|Cute bead bracelet all finished|
I'm really pleased how well this gift has turned out and am looking forward to making more and assisting the kids with their Christmas makes.