Yay it’s virtual summer camp counselor time! I, along with 7 other fantastically creative bloggers (aka camp counselors) (Jenae from I Can Teach My Child, Lauren from Tutus & Tea Parties, Jodi from Meaningful Mama, Asia from Fun at Home with Kids, Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons, Mari from Inspired by Familia and Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft), will take turns featuring a kid-friendly craft or activity each week on our own blogs. So I’m sure you are wondering how this can get even MORE fun?!
Well, you can link up your own summer projects too, that will be seen by Disney/Babble (and may even be featured by them)!!! Wahoo – Let the fun begin :) (just look for the link at the bottom of this post to link up your summer projects too).
So here’s my summer fun I’m sharing with you today! One of my favorite things as a kid were these AWESOME plastic bracelets I had – they were tubular and filled with glitter & water! OMG – LOVED those bracelets – so much so, I wore them until the water dried out & all that was left was loose glitter! ahhhh the 80’s & the ever-present existence of glitter ;) Well, chalk it up to childhood memories for the direction this project took, because these beads vividly remind me of those bracelets!
So I ask you – would it be wrong for a thirty-something mama to sport these too?! hehe – you just may see me at Target pushing my cart around sporting these new “ultra-trendy” beads ;) (cause’ I’m old & anything from my childhood is ultra-trendy these days – ummm neon!!)
extra fine glitter in assorted colors
bakers twine or string
10 plastic drinking straws (with bendy part cut off)
- Start off by cutting 10 strips of contact paper that are 5-inches long x 1 1/2-inches wide and 10 strips that are 6-inches long x 1-inch wide.
- Remove the paper backing and apply the sticky part of a 5”L x 1.5”W strip of contact paper to a straw. Roll ever so slightly. (A)
- Sprinkle and spread the glitter across the exposed sticky part. (B/C)
- Remove the paper backing and attach the second piece (6”L x 1”W ) of contact paper to the first piece. (D)
- Tightly roll both of the sticky contact strips with the straw. (E)
- Cut the wrapped straw into small pieces. approximately 1/2-inch in length, creating a bead.
- Repeat steps #3 to #6 for all 10 straws.
- Cut off twine in desired length for necklace. Thread needle.
- Thread beads onto twine and knot ends together to complete necklace.
You can link up your own summer projects here!
And you can check out all the other counselors projects here…
(I’ll link them up & check them off as they happen :)
June 10th – Mari from Inspired by Familia
June 17th – Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft
June 24th – Melissa from Mama Miss
July 1st – Lauren from Tutus & Tea Parties
July 8th – Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons
July 15 – Jodi from Meaningful Mama
July 22 – Jenae from I Can Teach My Child
July 29 – Asia from Fun at Home with Kids
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i love this!!!! cannot wait to try with my daughter!!
Thanks Marie!!!! You’ll have so much fun with them & feel free to post a picture to my FB wall too! :)
Amy @ Living Locurto says
Love this idea with straws!! Thanks for sharing it for Living Creative Thursday. I featured you here: http://www.livinglocurto.com/2013/07/kids-craft-ideas/
Thanks so much AMY!!!!!! You made my day – have fun in the sun – enjoy your trip (from those pics I already know you are :) xx m
What a fun idea! I bet my kids would have fun with this craft, especially since it involves glitter. :)
V loved the glitter part too! Thanks Jackie!! :)
oooh these are way cool!!!! And I don’t even like glitter!! LOL
Thanks Kate!! :)
These are so clever! I’m doing these with my twin girls but I’m also going to remember these for my preschoolers next fall!
awwww thanks Angela :) It was so much fun & V loved it! xx
Denise P. says
WHY DO YOU NEED TWO DIFFERENT SIZES OF CONTACT PAPER?
Hi Denise! If you reference the picture collage, specifically D, you’ll see that the glitter is only sprinkled on the smaller of the two pieces of contact paper strips. The larger, second piece of contact paper, secures the first glitter covered strip to the straw. Without the second piece, nothing would be securing the first piece to the straw & without the first glittered piece, you would have no glitter. Hope that helps explain it better :) xx
that’s great..I used to made it when i was 7…but also i used it as a plume!!!
Thanks Shirin! :) xx
Mary Catherine says
I just love these! They are definitely going on my summer to-do list. The fact that there’s glitter involved makes it even better. :) Off to pin . . . thank you!
Thank you Mary Catherine :) And thanks for the pin love!