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Holiday Hint #4: Handling “Helpful” Kids

Posted by Ali on November 10 at 12:24 pm

This post is part of a series for the 2011 Holiday Season… Follow along on the Holiday Page!

I am always trying to find a spare second at home when I can try to be creative. Lately this task has become even harder with Payton not consistently taking an afternoon nap and Christmas gift creations looming. She loves to try an help me make jewelry, but isn’t always all that helpful, so I came up with something easy for her to do at my desk while I work on my own designs – button jewelry. I have a couple cigar boxes full of vintage buttons with big holes that make it easy to string hemp or twine through. She loves this because they are colorful and sparkly and she can do it all by herself. I love it because she stays preoccupied so that I can think straight and design something myself.

Payton's Vintage Button NecklaceHere is a necklace that Payton made the other day. I made a loop clasp for her to put the final button through as closure.

Materials needed:
2′ hemp or twine
old buttons or even big hole beads

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  1. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Great idea! Looks like Payton has a great sense of style!

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    Apple says:

    That’s beautiful! Now maybe I can have the kids i babysit try this, then maybe they may becoming future beaders. I still barely know what im doing but im trying so hard.

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Payton has a real knack for this, Ali — I think she might be taking after her super-talented Mom!!! :D

    Apple — Hang in there! You’ll get so much better with practice! Also, everyone here is super-helpful — both the regular beaders and the staff here at LB! :D

  4. DB
    DB says:

    A plus to this is now Payton can have her own stash of last-minute gifts for friends or cousins.

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