This simple Jelly Bean clay necklace is perfect for a group of girls to make at an Easter time slumber party or even a birthday party. The beads can be painted to look like yummy real jellybeans, just like the eons you get in your Easter basket.
This simple clay craft is great for a group for kids because your clay will a really long way. The kids will spend so much time making the Easter Jelly Bean beads that they won’t realize they are not using a ton of clay.
You can make an Easter Jelly Bean clay craft project in less than 2 hours. Be sure to allot for drying time for the clay. So, if you are doing this at a slumber party then have the kids start making the Easter Jelly Bean beads out of the air drying clay the night before. They can dry overnight and the kids can put their necklaces together after breakfast.
Now, to make Easter Jelly Bean clay beaded necklace you will need:
Air Drying Clay
Wooden or Metal Skewers
Pastel Acrylic Paints
Clear Acrylic Spray Paint
Now, the first thing your need to do is find your air-drying clay. I buy this at Dick Blick art supply store. I have also seen it at Pearl Paints. You may be able to find it at Michaels in smaller containers. Look for air-drying clay in white to get truly crisp pastel colors. You could also prime the dried beads in white Kilz primer to help with the color.
Generally a large block of air drying clay will cost about $25. You can make a large number of necklaces with one block.
Ok, so if you are making this with a group of kids I recommend going ahead and slicing if a slab of clay for each child. They can keep it wrapped in plastic wrap near them so they don’t have to reach for more.
Have each child break off small pieces of clay. They should roll the clay in their hands to make a small ball. Now, press the ball out into a jellybean shape. This will be the Easter Jelly Bean bead.
These Easter Jelly Bean beads can be made to almost any size. I recommend about ¼ inch to ½ inch circles for the best beads. The kids can also roll out coils and cut out tube shaped beads.
Now, use your wooden skewer to make the hole through the center of the Easter Jelly Bean bead. You may need to help smaller children with this step of the Easter craft project. If they made a shape out of the clay, like a heart, help them to press a hole through the shape starting on one side and coming out the other.
Continue this hole making process until all of the beads are ready.
Now, the kids can also crave designs into their air-drying clay. Names, letters, school initials, and even polka dots are all great.
Now, lay the beads out on a flay surface until the clay is completely dry.
If you want to paint the Easter Jelly Bean beads this would be the time to do it. You can spray the beads all one color or paint each one individually.
Once any paint has dried you can string the Easter Jelly Bean beads on your twine. I like to make the twine long enough to slip over the child’s head, but you could also buy some jewelry clasps at the arts and craft store. You could also buy some pre made chains at the arts and craft store and string your Easter Jelly Bean clay beads on those as well. Be creative, as you want here! I have also seen some great colored yarns that would work perfectly for this craft project. You will be able to see the string, so it could be important to a little girl what color the string is.