Mardi Gras Beads

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Sharp pencil
    • String/ yarn
  • Things to buy:

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Ideal Age Range:

3 – 8 (you can play with the clay and help younger kids form the beads)

Mess Factor:


Prep Time:

< 5 min – just gather clay colors and other materials

This is a fun and easy project that the entire family can do together! The one thing I have learned as a teacher is that kids LOVE to string beads! You can make the beads and just have them available for your kids to bead – it’s a fun eye/hand coordination project!

The instructions below are for a full necklace (as pictured) – you can also modify to make bigger beads as well and perhaps just have a few beads on the string for an easier and quicker project.

If you don’t have Sculpey or Fimo clay (linked above) you can use an easy salt dough recipe to make the beads and then paint them after they are baked and cooled. Take a look at some of these past posts for the salt dough recipe:

Active Instructions

  1. Use small pieces of clay depending on the size you would like for each bead. The one pictured below is about the size of large peas.
  2. Use small pieces of different clay colors to create small round beads. Mom, Dad or older siblings may have to assist smaller kids and can do so by giving them small pieces that your child can try to roll into a round ball – beads do not have to be perfectly round!
  3. It’s also fun to combine colors and get a marbleized effect which kids love to see!
  4. A lot of beads are required to make a necklace big enough to slide over their heads  – if kids get bored – put it away and  continue it at another time!
  1. Older kids and parents can use a sharp pencil (as pictured) to create a hole in the bead – make sure the hole is big enough so that your child can string them easily after they are baked.
  2. Bake per clay package instructions – let cool!
  1. Kids LOVE to string beads – tie a knot at the end of a long enough piece of string that will be used to slide over the head of your child – and then let them bead!! When it has reached the appropriate length tie off into a good knot, trim the string, and voila! – your necklace is ready!!!

This is a fun project to celebrate Mardi Gras, or change up the colors and use this for any holiday – or just a regular old day!

We’d love to see pictures of your necklaces – share them with us on social media @givethekidssomethingtodo.

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