20 Fun Jewelry Crafts for Kids

Jewelry making is a fantastic activity for kids! It’s a fun way to express their creativity, develop fine motor skills, and end up with awesome handmade accessories. The best part? There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafting jewelry for kids.

This blog post dives into 20 exciting jewelry crafts, catering to different age groups and skill levels.

From quick and easy projects for little ones to more intricate designs for older kids, there’s something here to spark joy and imagination.

Safety First!

Before we dive in, a quick note on safety: Adult supervision is crucial, especially with younger children. Be mindful of small parts that could be choking hazards and choose age-appropriate tools.

Let’s Get Crafty!

Colorful Bead Bonanza (Ages 4+):

This classic is perfect for beginners. Grab some colorful pony beads, pipe cleaners, and string. Thread the beads onto the pipe cleaner, creating a vibrant bracelet or necklace. Let their imaginations run wild with color combinations and patterns!

Cheerio Charms (Ages 4+):

For a playful twist, use breakfast cereal! String Cheerios onto yarn or elastic cord, alternating with colorful beads. This cheerful piece is perfect for little ones who love anything bright and fun.

Pasta Power (Ages 4+):

Similar to the Cheerio charm, explore different shapes and sizes of pasta. Penne, rigatoni, and fusilli can all be strung onto elastic cord or yarn to create unique necklaces or bracelets. Let them paint the pasta beforehand for an extra pop of color!

Button Bonanza (Ages 5+):

Raid that button jar! Buttons come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, making them perfect for unique jewelry. String them onto yarn for a simple necklace, or create a more intricate design by gluing buttons onto felt circles.

Nature’s Treasures (Ages 6+):

Take a walk in the park and collect natural materials like shells, dried beans, and colorful leaves. Punch holes in them (adult supervision required) and string them onto yarn for a beautiful, earthy bracelet or necklace.

Paper Bead Pizazz (Ages 6+):

Transform colorful paper into stunning beads! Cut strips of construction paper or magazines, roll them tightly, and secure them with glue. String these paper beads onto yarn or elastic cord for a one-of-a-kind necklace or bracelet.

Washi Tape Wonders (Ages 6+):

Washi tape is a versatile and colorful craft material. Wrap it around cardboard circles or wooden beads to create unique pendants. String them onto yarn for a personalized necklace.

Pipe Cleaner Fun (Ages 6+):

Pipe cleaners are perfect for crafting fun and funky jewelry. Twist them into different shapes like hearts, stars, or flowers. You can also bend them into spirals or loops and string them onto yarn for a whimsical bracelet.

Friendship Bracelet Frenzy (Ages 7+):

Friendship bracelets are a timeless classic. Grab embroidery floss in different colors and learn the basic braiding technique. This activity requires some focus and coordination, making it a great option for older kids.

DIY Nail Polish Marbling (Ages 8+):

For a more advanced project, try nail polish marbling. Fill a shallow dish with water and drip different colored nail polishes onto the surface. Gently swirl the polish with a toothpick to create a marbled pattern. Dip wooden beads or plastic circles into the water and let them dry for unique, marbled pendants.

Shrinky Dink Delights (Ages 8+):

Shrinky Dinks offer endless creative possibilities. Use Shrinky Dink sheets to draw or trace shapes, following the manufacturer’s instructions for baking and shrinking them. Thread the shrunk creations onto jump rings or string to create charming earrings or pendants.

Felt Fun (Ages 8+):

Felt is a soft and versatile material. Cut out shapes from felt and decorate them with embroidery floss, buttons, or sequins. Glue them onto hair clips, headbands, or safety pins for unique hair accessories or brooches.

DIY Clay Creations (Ages 8+):

Air-dry clay is a fantastic option for sculpting unique jewelry pieces. Let kids create their own shapes, beads, or pendants, and allow the clay to dry completely. Once dry, they can paint their creations for a personalized touch. String the clay pieces onto yarn or attach them to jump rings for bracelets or necklaces.

Recycled Chic (Ages 9+) (continued):

Upcycle old materials into fabulous jewelry! Use old bottle caps, metal washers, or cut-out pieces from plastic soda bottles to create unique pendants. Punch holes (with adult supervision) and string them onto yarn or thread leather cord through them. You can also paint or decorate the recycled materials before turning them into jewelry.

Fabric Flair (Ages 9+):

Fabric scraps can be transformed into beautiful jewelry. Cut strips of fabric and braid them to create colorful friendship bracelets. You can also use fabric scraps to make fabric flowers or other embellishments to glue onto headbands, hair clips, or brooches.

Paracord Power (Ages 10+):

Paracord is a strong and versatile material. Learn basic knotting techniques to create cool paracord bracelets with different designs like the cobra stitch or the Solomon bar knot. These bracelets are durable and perfect for active kids.

Macrame Magic (Ages 10+):

Macrame is a form of knotting that can create beautiful and intricate jewelry. Start with simple patterns like a square knot necklace or a friendship bracelet design. As skills develop, explore more complex macrame patterns for unique and stylish pieces.

Wire Wrapping Wizardry (Ages 11+):

Wire wrapping is a technique for creating jewelry using craft wire and beads. With some basic tools and techniques, kids can learn to create beautiful wrapped pendants, earrings, or even rings (adult supervision recommended for using pliers).

DIY Tassel Time (Ages 11+):

Tassels are a fun and trendy addition to jewelry. Cut yarn or embroidery floss into desired lengths and tie them together at the top. Secure the tassel onto a jump ring or headband to create a playful necklace, earrings, or a statement hair accessory.

Loom Band Mania (Ages 12+):

Loom bands are small rubber bands that can be woven into colorful bracelets, rings, and other accessories using a special loom tool. There are endless patterns available online, allowing kids to create intricate and personalized designs.

Bonus Tip: Jewelry Making Party!

Turn jewelry making into a fun social activity! Host a jewelry making party where kids can create their own masterpieces and share ideas. Provide a variety of materials and tools, and let their creativity flow.


These are just a few ideas to get you started. With a little imagination and the materials readily available at home, the possibilities for kid-made jewelry are endless!

Let the crafting fun begin!

Sohaib Hasan Shah

Sohaib's journey includes 10+ years of teaching and counseling experience at BCSS School in elementary and middle schools, coupled with a BBA (Hons) with a minor in Educational Psychology from Curtin University (Australia) . In his free time, he cherishes quality moments with his family, reveling in the joys and challenges of parenthood. His three daughters have not only enriched his personal life but also deepened his understanding of the importance of effective education and communication, spurring him to make a meaningful impact in the world of education.

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