The 4-H Idea Fair rolled around again this year and as crazy as we are, we decided to teach two craft classes for the youngest 4-Hers (along with 3 other dog/leader classes). You would think that we were actually leading a craft club rather than a dog 4-H club, huh? What can we say. We are eclectic individuals. And luckily we have super awesome Junior Leader members who are willing to help us with anything! We really used them THIS year.
The first craft class we taught had two different crafts: a found object necklace and a burlap bookmark. Here are the details on the Found Object Necklace, which was inspired by this post at Preschool Daze.
Basically the "found objects" were found on the floor of my craft room! :-) In fact, I think there are still piles of "found objects" on the floor of my craft room!
As you can see, we had a little bit of everything...buttons, dice, sequins, ribbon bits, burlap bits, feathers, paper clips, coins, mini domino tiles (my favorite!), beads.....
Ross had pre-drilled some wooden disks that we had on hand and we pre-strung them with necklace length, leftover yarn bits. We also used some birch wood coins that Ross had cut for us after our valentine wood coin necklace obsession.
Basically we spread around the found object bits and let the kids grab a necklace base and start creating. The older 4-H members had glue guns and helped the younger kids keep safe as they glued on their objects. We also had some quick-dry glue on hand (but it didn't dry so quick). I forgot my E6000 glue, which would have been the best choice all around.
The kids had a lot of fun putting together various items. And our Junior Leaders could not resist making their own as well. What kid (elementary school, middle school or high school) doesn't like being let loose with a pile of craft supplies and glue?
These necklaces were a simple and easy project to make in the 50 minute time slot allotted for our class. In fact, the kids easily had enough time to make these necklaces AND make a burlap bookmark as well. Be sure to check those out! But for now, admire these totally unique, fun necklaces created by some craft kids....