I had the most fun crafternoon with my favorite kiddos, A & O making super cool necklaces. They're wearing the finished product in the shot below, however you can't see them because we got the giggles and Wrigley (the pup) got involved too.
Don't worry...there are a bunch of fab after shots at the bottom of the post!
This project and post is tied into the "Summer of Jo-Ann Cape Discovery" with craft mecca, Jo-Ann's. They're on a mission to share and inspire crafting fun for families this summer and since I don't have any kids of my own at the moment, I borrowed my fave littles above from my best pals, A & P to get some kid-friendly, summer crafting on!
Because these guys are five, I wanted to find a project within Jo-Ann's catalog that we could tweak to make appropriate and doable for their age. I found a fun felt floral necklace that I thought would do the trick! Here's what the sample looked like:
I picked up a stash of supplies including felt, leather cording, suede cording, and some pony beads and met up with my wee pals.
Keep reading to see how our project turned out!
Because the flowers were a little difficult to make, I took the original idea and turned it into a felted charm necklace with Miss A choosing to make some hearts...
...and Mr. O choosing to make different sports balls.
We cut the shapes out of the felt and glued leather cord loops to the back so they'll be able to be threaded through the suede "chain".
We hung the charms and then added pony beads to the suede. They made their own little patterns of beads which was awesome!
Once everything was threaded, we knotted the back of the necklaces and then showed them proudly!
How fab did these turn out??
It's a great activity where pretty much anything can be cut out of felt. For O's necklace, we trimmed and hot glued lines on the basketball and football for some extra detail!
We had a little photo shoot after we crafted to show off what was made! (And yes, I totally rocked my vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tee...I know my audience!!)
Such a fun project to do outside on the patio, inside when it's raining, or even on vacation!
I think this was a total success! Special thanks to Jo-Ann's for providing the supplies - also, if you don't have the Jo-Ann's app on your phone or get their preferred customer newsletter yet, click over HERE to sign up. There are always fab coupons available that you can use on your purchases - I live for my app!