Make your own Groovy Beads for your Kids ~ Monday Arts & Crafts

Here is a fun rainy day craft to do.

Why not make your own beads for your own beaded necklaces.  The one we made pictured below was so much fun to make and it was really easy.

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All you have to do is make the dough and shape it into little balls.

The recipe is a Simple Salt dough

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2cups flour
  • 1 cup warm water

Add the water to the dry mixture gradually.  You can make a batch and split it up into different bowls and add food colouring to make different coloured doughs as well.  This makes it easier if your kids have trouble getting all the spots while painting them.

Poke the balls with a wooden skewer.

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We coloured this dough before hand – in case we missed some spots while painting

Then you just let the balls dry and you have beautiful beads you can paint any way you wish.  Be careful when you make your little beads that you don’t make them too small for your skewer.  If they are too little they may crack as they dry. We dried ours for a few days in an out of reach spot, but if you are not as patient you can dry them in the oven on a cookie sheet on low 200F for a few hours.

I liked making larger beads and some smaller ones and then mix and matching them with pony beads to make this beautiful creation.   You can paint them with craft paint and then give them a clear coat with modge podge or even use funky coloured nail polishes.  The sky is the limit!

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Tie a knot at each end of the beaded row to anchor the beads and keep them centered in the necklace.




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  1. what a super cool idea! My daughter loves making bracelets and necklaces right now! She’de love this project thanks!

  2. We are going to try this again soon my granddaughter really enjoyed doing this but she left her necklace in her jeans and washed it.

  3. I knew of someone who made their own beads using a technique similar to this one. I thought it was quite intriguing, and I do love the idea of painting one’s own beads. You can put so much more detail into the beads, and make the overall design very unique.


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