Environmental surroundings and spiritual beliefs inspire the materials used in Native American jewelry-making. Children are attracted to the natural symbols commonly found in Native American jewelry. Kids can easily craft totem animal charms, beaded pendants and noodle necklaces.
Totem Animal Charm
Shape a Native American totem animal using molding clay. Snakes, cats, fish and snails are simple options for children to sculpt from clay. Poke a hole through the top center area of the animal charm before it dries. Follow the instructions on the package to properly dry the clay charm. Lace twine through the hole in the charm.
String craft beads onto a large safety pin. Choose the beads in colors such as blue, red, green, white and yellow. In the center of the beads, hot glue a small craft feather to dangle from the pendant. Allow to dry before wearing.
Paint uncooked noodles in colors that are commonly found in Native American jewelry, such as hues of blue, red, green and yellow. Mix and match tube-shaped noodles and wagon-shaped pasta noodles. Let the noodles dry. String the painted noodles onto twine or yarn; knot the end.
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