African Collar Necklace
Ornaments are worn in most African cultures and often represent a person's level of wealth. Lots of jewelry is made with valuable objects like gold, shells and beads. Now your child can create his own African collar like the ones worn by the Yoruba tribe of East Africa, to show off his prized posessions and personal style. Along the way, he'll get to practice his crafting skills!
What You Need:
- Paper plate
- Gold paint
- Hot glue gun
- Gold or red paint
- Colored straws
What You Do:
1. Have your child create a collar out of a paper plate by cutting through one side and cutting out a large circle in the center.
2. Using a ruler and pencil, draw a grid around the collar.
3. Color the grid in with bright markers.
4. Now paint the pasta gold, and let it dry completely.
5. Cut the colored drinking straws into small pieces, and cut several lengths of yarn as well, each about a foot long. Having slightly different lengths will make the collar more interesting.
6. String the painted pasta and pieces of drinking straws onto the pieces of string, and fasten the ends to they stay on.
7. Carefully hot glue the ends of the strings to the bottom edge of the collar, about an inch apart.
8. Hot glue remaining pieces of painted pasta and colored straws around the collar of the collar.
Now child can wear his Yoruba collar necklace for all to see!