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Name three things that come to mind when you hear Valentine's Day... flowers, chocolate, and jewelry right?! The kids and I have already made a pretty bouquet of coffee filter flowers and we've baked plenty of chocolate treats recently, so I thought it would be fun to finish out our Valentine's Day projects by making some jewelry. We made our own beads, painted them pretty, and learned all about the color spectrum and different color gradients!

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansWe began by making up a batch of this cornstarch and baking soda clay that I found on Growing a Jeweled Rose. After it cooled down, we followed these steps to make our beads:

  1. Knead the dough really well before you begin forming your beads, this will help prevent cracking.
  2. Roll balls, ovals, short, long, big, small any sort of bead at all!
  3. Use a wooden skewer/screwdriver/thin apparatus to poke a hole through your bead.
  4. Let dry for 24 hours or until hard, and then paint with acrylic paints and gloss. (These are the two products I used, and I really like that they produced such bold colors and a beautifully shinny bead!)

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansI let the kids help me paint the beads. This was their first time using acrylic paints so we made sure to wear art smocks, but it went pretty well! Aurora ended up with a bit of orange in her hair, but it washed out easily.

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansOnce the beads were dry, I gathered a couple needles and thread for them to practice their lacing and design skills!

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansGrayson is working on learning his colors, so this was great practice for him! Not only did we work on color recognition, I also introduced him to ROYGBIV or the order in which the color spectrum goes. It was good for Aurora to review rainbow order as well!

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansI set up Aurora's activity to be a little more advanced, I asked her to put her necklace together using different shades of blue. We talked about gradients, and how all of these blue beads belonged to the same color family, but some were lighter or darker than others. I then had her put them in order and string them that way, I think it made for a very fashionable neck piece... Ombre is all the rage. ;)

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansWe also did it with green! The Reeves Acrylic Paints we used came with several different shades of each color, which I really like, but you can always mix a bit of white or black in to your colors to lighten or darken them that way.

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansAfter doing the guided activities set up for each of them, they had a free for all and designed their own colorful necklaces!

DIY Clay Beads using baking soda and cornstarch, then paint and string! Learn about the color spectrum and different color gradients with this activity from Life Lesson PlansAnd, of course, the ones that they designed were the prettiest of all! They may not be diamonds, but I'm sure they'll have plenty of fun playing dress up with their beautiful bead necklaces. Aurora is currently working on a bracelet with the left over beads, she sure loves the glitz!

For more fun craft ideas, check out my Pinterest board: Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Crafts on Pinterest.

Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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