So, this is new to me: my kids celebrate the first 100 days of school. (We didn’t do this back in the day.) As a result, my first grader was required to bring in 100 items- anything, really- and display them for the class. The purpose is counting, I suppose. But I saw this as a crafter-tunity to use up some beads AND get my daughter making art!
Since I recently thinned out my beading stash (yes, I am a Craft Hoarder), I gave my kiddos the extras. I started her off by counting out beads in groups of 10 (except the last one- that one only got 9- but I’ll explain that in a minute), and stringing them onto cheap-o craft wire. I curled the ends into loops when she was done. She made 10 beaded wires altogether.
So then we laid out the wires on a big shoe box lid into a rough flower shape, and traced around it. Then little girl went to town with the acrylic paints, making a sky, stems and leaves, and of course a big “100.”
The next part I helped with. She laid the beaded wires back onto the painted flower shape. Then I cut pieces of wire about 2 inches long. I threaded them through those loops, and then poked 2 holes through the lid and fed the wires through that. I flipped the lid over and twisted the wires together to secure.
Yes, this is the same technique that tortures us on Christmas morning, trying to get the toys free from the packaging!
Just to make sure there are no pokey bits, I used some painter’s tape to cover up the wires on the back.
Now remember how I told you that there were really only 99 beads? That’s because she found a HUGE glass bead to wire into the center! One hundred beads in all!
I was ridiculously excited about this project- we used up extra beads from the stash, recycled a box lid, and little girl had so much fun both stringing the beads AND painting. I hope you’ll try it or something similar with your kiddos!
Have you done any “100 Days” crafting? Here are some more ideas from TipJunkie– and I’d love to hear your ideas, too!
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