It's time for some more kid creating and with Mother's Day just around the corner today's project is perfect for the occasion!

String ART Jewelry and Key Chains

Today's project was inspired by several string art projects we saw hanging on display in our Elementary school.  They were beautiful and detailed and Violet and Henry were immediately intrigued after noticing them.  But, those projects were large and clearly took a lot of time and concentration.  We, instead, opted for a more free form approach and miniature size.

These are easy enough to make in an afternoon, so there's still time to whip some up for a special mama!

To make you will need:  shrinkable plastic sheets (such as Shrinky Dink), hole punch, scissors, embroidery floss, needle, and jewelry supplies such as jump rings, key chains, pin backings and necklace chains.

To begin, you will need to prepare and then bake/shrink your plastic.  I cut several circles (one square and two tear-drop shaped) that were approximately 3.5" (8.8 cm) in diameter.  The larger two began about 8" (20.3cm).  Punch holes around your circles before you bake them. 

I punched between 8 & 16 holes around each circle, plus one additional hole at the top for hanging, for a few of the circles I punched a heart outline...

Once your shapes and holes are prepared, baked and shrunk...it's time to stitch! 

Leave a longish tail of embroidery floss out on the back of your piece so you can use it to tie a knot at the end.  I found, after a bit of trial and error, that for younger kids, a more "free form" approach might work best.  Allow them to choose one or more thread colors and simply let them stitch in and out of the holes in whatever manner they wish...

In fact, you may it find it easier to start with a larger piece to begin, this way they get the hang of the concept and technique first before moving on to the smaller more intricate pieces. 

And, the larger circles will make beautiful sun catchers for your windows.

If however, you would like a bit more "formality" in your design I used the following pattern as a guide while making some...

Though, random is certainly fun as well! 

When your design is complete simply tie your beginning and end pieces of embroidery floss together in a knot on the backside of your piece.  Stop with one color, or move on to another...

Next, add a jump ring through your top hole and slip a necklace chain through to make a simple and sweet necklace...

Or, use your string art to make key chains...

You could even glue a pin backing on to make a pin...

Each piece is a tiny little bit of handmade art...

Kidmade art to keep close with you. 

Of course, a warning, they may find it difficult to give up and want to keep their pieces for themselves, so have them make a few!

Enjoy!

PS.  find more kid made Mother's Day gift ideas here...

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