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Have you ever wanted a secret place to hold your most special treasures?  How about keeping them in your very own treasure necklace?  This necklace is fun and easy to make with an old film canister (and a little bit of adult supervision!).

Things 005Things you will need:

  • White or colored paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Beads
  • Tape
  • A film canister
  • A pencil

Things 006Step 1: Have an adult poke a hole on either side of the film canister, making sure they line up.

Things 009Step 2: Trace a strip of paper that just fits around your film canister and cut it out.  If it is too long or too wide you can always cut away the excess once you tape it to the film canister.

Things 010Step 3: Decorate your paper with markers, crayons or other things.

Things 011Step 4: Cut a piece of string in the color of your choice.  It should be long enough to go around your neck as a necklace with a little extra for tying it to the film canister.

Things 013Step 5: Tie the sting to one of the holes on the film canister and begin threading your beads.  Thread all of the beads you want for both sides of the necklace before you tie off the other end of your string.  Remember if you want the colors of the beads to match on both sides you must thread the second set of beads opposite the first.  So if you want each side to be red–green–yellow you would need to thread the beads like this: red–green–yellow–yellow–green–red and so on.  Once you have threaded the beads tie the string to the other hole and shift your beads around to each side of the necklace.

Things 015Step 6: Tape the paper around your film canister and trim any excess paper away.

Things 018Congratulations!  You now have a treasure necklace for storing all of your special treasures.  Simply remove the canister’s lid and place your small treasures inside.  Recap it and wear it around you neck holding the treasures close!  Did you do this project?  Did you do it differently?  Please feel free to comment and post pictures in the comments section!

Looking for a fun back-to-school project?  These marbleized bookmarks are fun, beautiful and easy to make.  You can even go beyond bookmarks and make stationery, cards, papers and more.  The ideas are endless and more (as well as further instructions) can be found here.  This project can get messy so it is a good idea to wear old clothes or a smock and very young children should be supervised.

elephant and marble 011What you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • A plate, pie tin or other disposable surface
  • Toothpicks
  • Food coloring
  • Shaving cream
  • Note cards  or other thick paper
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole  punch
  • Decorative edge scissors

elephant and marble 013Step 1: Using your decorative scissors cut the edges of your bookmark.  Use your hole punch to make a hole in the top of your bookmark (You will thread this with yarn later).

elephant and marble 015Step 2: Spread a thick layer of shaving cream onto your plate or pie tin.

elephant and marble 019Step 3: Drop a few drops of food coloring onto the shaving cream and use a toothpick to swirl the colors around.  Do not swirl them too much or the colors will mush together and turn brown.

elephant and marble 021Your shaving cream should now look something like this.

elephant and marble 024Step 4: Place your bookmark right side down into the shaving cream and press down lightly.  Gently lift your bookmark back out of the saving cream.

elephant and marble 027Step 5: Your bookmark is now covered in shaving cream.  Place it on a covered surface and firmly wipe (in one direction!) away the excess shaving cream.  Thread your ribbon or yarn through the hole and you will have a completed bookmark!

elephant and marble 029Congratulations!  You now have a completed bookmark!  Try this technique out with papers of other colors, styles or thicknesses.  You can make all sorts of neat things and no two marbleized designs are alike!

elephant and marble 033Did you do this project?  Please share your pictures and comments in the comments section!


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