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Celebrate the Fourth of July with this fun star necklace. The little pocket is perfect for storing tiny treasures like lip gloss, trinkets and other fun things. This is an advanced beginner to advanced project because it involves simple sewing techniques.


Things you will need:

  • Foam sheets in red, white and blue (you can also try using felt)
  • Plastic cord for tying (other options include yarn, ribbon and shoelaces)
  • A large star shape cut out of scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Glue


Step 1: Using the paper star as a template, trace and cut out two large stars from the foam. You will need two large stars per necklace. I chose to cut my stars out of red and blue but you can use any combination you like. You can also make a third smaller star out of the remaining color to use as a decoration on the necklace.


Step 2: Carefully use your pencil to poke holes along the edge  of one of the large stars. Notice how there are no holes along the top of the star. This is the opening of the pouch.


Step 3: Line up the two large stars on top of each other. The star with the holes should sit on top. Poke your pencil through the holes making marks around the edge of the second star. Using the marks as a guide, poke holes along the edge of the second star.


Step 4: Begin sewing the stars together with the plastic cord. Be sure to use a piece larger than you think you’ll need. Since the cording is stiff you do not need a needle for sewing. If you are using string or ribbon it is helpful to thread it on a child-friendly sewing needle. These needles are usually large and plastic with a blunt point and can be found in your local craft store. As you are sewing be sure to leave a long tail at the end for tying the necklace.


Step 5: When you have finished sewing around the edges of the star, tie off the ends of the cord to create the necklace. At this time you can also add extra decorations such as the smaller star. You can even add a small star to both sides and make the necklace reversible.


Congratulations! You have made a fun star necklace that is perfect for holding your favorite small trinkets! This project would be a great party activity for keeping all of the kids entertained. You can also turn this into a birthday party craft using other colors and shapes. How did this project turn out? Did you do it differently? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any day!) with these neat notebooks! Turn a few simple supplies into an adorable notebook for jotting down homework, writing secrets or playing tic-tac-toe. This is an advanced beginner project and would be a fun activity for a rainy day or birthday party.


Things you will need (per notebook):

  • Two foam sheets in the color of your choice
  • 10 index cards (you can use any color or type of paper you like, though I recommend something heavier)
  • One pipe cleaner
  • Peel-and-stick letters (and shapes)
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch


Step 1: Trace an index card onto each piece of craft foam and cut the pieces out.


Step 2: Punch four holes down the short side of an index card and use this as a template for marking holes on all of the other pieces. Punch all of the holes out. If you cannot use the hole punch on the foam I suggest carefully trying scissors.


Step 3: Sandwich all of the notecards between the foam sheets and use the pipe cleaner to bind the book as shown. After the book is bound you need to trim the ends. Make sure to leave tails that are about one inch long.


Step 4: Take the tail at the top of the notebook and bend it to the back. Next, tuck it under the part of pipe cleaner that was originally pushed through the top hole to the front of the notebook. Wind the pipe cleaner tail like this several times, trim any excess, and tuck the end in so it doesn’t poke you.


Step 5: Take the tail at the bottom of the notebook and push it through the front of the bottom hole to the back. Repeat step four.


Step 6: Decorate the cover of your new notebook with stickers, peel-and-stick letters or shapes and other decorations.


Congratulations! You have made a neat notebook! My notebook is ready for St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the clover cutouts I added. You can customize this project for other holidays or birthdays too. How did your project turn out? Did you do things differently? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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