We Give Thanks to ALEX/Kid Concoctions For a Great Thanksgiving Activity – Make Indian Corn Jewelry!

November 23, 2011 at 12:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Crafting, Family Time, Holidays, Kid Concoctions, Play@Home Mom | Leave a comment
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Whether you’re looking for a fantastic project for the kids this Thanksgiving weekend or need a way to entertain them while you prepare the turkey and cranberry sauce – this is a great solution!

In search of a festive holiday craft, we took out our ALEX/Kid Concoctions – Weird Wacky & Wild book and found the prefect project! See below for the “How-To” on making jewelry out of Indian corn.

To make Indian Corn Jewelry you will need:

Indian corn kernels

Sewing needle

Thread

Bowl

Water

An adult

I couldn’t find loose kernels at any of my local grocery stores, so I bought the decorative bunches of Indian corn sold in the floral department. (If you know what kind of store sells just the kernels –please let me know!!)

The first step is to take all the kernels off of the cob. Lori actually had a really fun time popping them all off!

Put all the kernels in a bowl and soak them for several hours so they become soft. Note: I was overly excited to make the jewelry and accidentally skipped this step and tried to poke the needle through the kernels right away –it was IMPOSSIBLE!! Just do yourself a favor and make sure you do this important step!

Next, thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.

*For small children an adult should help for this part of the project*

Push the needle through each of the soft kernels until the necklace or bracelet is as long as you want it to be. Lori, who is 4, was able to do this step very slooooowly, but halfway through she decided it was more fun for her to pick out whichever pretty kernel she wanted next and I strung it on. The necklace came out really nice; the kernels look like shiny colorful stones. I even made one for myself!

Tie both ends of the thread together, put on and enjoy your festive new jewelry!

 

What fun crafts do you and your family enjoy doing for Thanksgiving? Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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