Egyptian Necklace

What You Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pasta noodles of different shapes (including tube-shaped noodles)
  • Glue
  • String
  • Stapler or tape

What You Do:

  1. Encourage your child to use the pencil to draw the shape for the centerpiece, which will form the base of his necklace, on the piece of cardboard.
  2. Instruct him to cut the centerpiece shape out.
  3. Have him paint the centerpiece any color he wishes.
  4. While the centerpiece dries, have him paint all of the noodles he wants to use on the surface of the centerpiece a variety of different colors. Set them aside to dry.
  5. Staple or tape string behind the centerpiece, coming up on the sides to form a necklace. Help your child determine how long the necklace needs to be.
  6. Have him figure out how many tube-shaped noodles he'll need to string onto the necklace to cover the string. 
  7. He can now paint those noodles with yellow or gold-colored paint.  Set them aside to dry.
  8. Have him create a design with the rest of the painted noodles on the centerpiece of the necklace. Once he's happy with the positioning of the painted noodles, he can glue them in place.
  9. Thread the yellow or gold-colored tube noodles onto the strings to finish the necklace.
  10. Help him tie the ends of the necklace in a double knot and it's ready to be worn!

Helpful Tip: A typical Egyptian color palette is gold, red, black, yellow and turquoise.

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