Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Key Chain Kids Craft

Last year I wanted my kids to make Christmas gifts for our family and friends. I wanted it to be something that could be made mostly by my kids, and would be at least some what useful and not end up as clutter or tossed in the trash can.

I finally settled on beaded key chains-- they are useful and my kids had a blast making them. They get a little thrill each time they see one of their beloved aunts, uncles, parents or grandparents pick their keys up off the counter. (Admittedly, I do too!)

What do you need? Pipe cleaners, key chain findings, beads, and a little patience.

I had trouble finding pony beads at my local craft store. You can find a big selection of pony beads as well as key rings for cheap on Amazon!

Although older kids could do this whole craft on their own, I prepared the keychains by wrapping the pipe cleaner around the key ring...
 ...and twisting it to secure.
 I used a pair of pliers to mash down the little bit of wire in the pipe cleaner that stuck out. I didn't want any little fingers to get poked!
 Then I hand it over and let the kids string the pony beads onto the key chain. Please be advised that the small beads can be a choking hazard.
 Once they finished with a key chain, They hand it back to me to close off.
 Using the pliers, I just twist the free end of the pipe cleaner around the key chain and tuck it in to the beads.

And that's it! My kids made dozens of these over our 'winter break' to give to friend and family. We had so many that some people even got 2! Do you all have any suggestions for next year?