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Acorn Necklaces


Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Craft - acron necklace

This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

This nature-meets-fashion craft is a great activity for fall camping or hiking.

by Nicole Blum

What you’ll need
Capped acorns
Tacky glue
Fuzzy yarn and wool
Permanent marker

How to make it
1 Gather capped acorns and carefully remove the caps.

2 To make hair, put one large drop of tacky glue on the top of each acorn and press wisps of fuzzy yarn and wool roving into it. After applying a second drop onto the wisps, put the caps back on and hold them on for one minute.

3 Use a permanent marker to draw faces. Trim the hair, then make “chains” by tying string around the cap stem and securing it with a drop of glue.
Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine


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Magazine Bead Bracelet


magazine-bracelet-craftTotal Time afternoon or evening Ages tween

Recycle old catalogs and magazines into stretchy, swanky bracelets that cost next to nothing to make.

What you’ll need



Old catalogs and magazines

Wooden skewers

Glue stick

Mod Podge Sparkle


6 feet of clear elastic cord

How to make it

  1. Cut out a cardboard triangle with a 1-inch base that is 6 inches high. Use it as a template to cut 30 to 35 triangles from colorful magazine and catalog pages.
  2. To make a bead, tightly roll one triangle (base to point) around a skewer, then glue down its tip. Leave the bead on the skewer and roll the next one beside it. When the skewer is full and the beads are dry, slide them off of the stick. Brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge Sparkle and let the beads dry.
  3. To assemble the bracelet, thread one bead onto the center of the cord. Add the next bead, as shown, threading one end of the elastic through each end of the bead. Pull the elastic tight. Continue adding beads in this way, tightening and straightening them as you go, until the bracelet is long enough to stretch around your child’s wrist. Feed the remaining lengths of elastic back through the first bead, then knot them multiple times and trim.

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Mini Pinwheel Charm


Total Time 2 3 Hours
Ages School Age

Put a fanciful spin on your summer style with a paper pinwheel that can be donned as a twirling ring, a ponytail charm, a pin, or even a shoelace decoration.

What you’ll need

  • 2-inch square of colorful scrapbooking paper
  • Scissors
  • Pushpin
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 2 seed beads (we used size 6/0 E)
  • Needle-nose pliers

How to make it

  1. Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 1Cut 1-inch slits at each corner of the paper square. Use a pushpin to poke 5 holes in the square, as shown.
  2. Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 2Wrap the middle of a 4-inch piece of wire around the center of a 4-inch section of pipe cleaner and twist the doubled wire to secure it in place. Push the ends of the wire through a seed bead, then through the hole in the center of the paper.
  3. Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 3Working counterclockwise, thread the wire through the holes in the paper points, being careful not to crease the paper.
  4. Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 4Slide another seed bead onto the wire. Trim the wire 1/2 inch above the bead and use pliers to twist it into a small circle to hold the bead in place.
  5. Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 5Wrap the pipe cleaner around your child’s finger and twist the ends together to secure it. Wrap the excess pipe cleaner length around the ring, or trim the ends.
  6. Mini Pinwheel Charm-Step 6

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