Seed Necklace

Gather

assorted dried seeds, beans or corn kernels
bowl of hot water
colander
heavy thread
embroidery needle
thimble (optional)

Go

1. Rinse off seeds thoroughly.
2. Soak the seeds in water until soft. (Some seeds may have to soak overnight.)
3. Drain seeds in colander, then pat dry.
4. Double-thread needle to the desired length of your necklace, then add 2 inches. (Make sure the necklace will fit over your head.) Knot the thread 1 inch from the end to make a tail.
5. String seeds in a fun pattern. Stop stringing when you’ve filled the thread up to 1 inch from the needle.
6. Cut loose the needle, then knot the ends. Tie the tail and other end together to complete your necklace.
7. Let necklace dry in a sunny spot for a day or two before you wear it.

    This article first appeared in the November 1999 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine. Copyright © 1999 Focus on the Family. Photo © Dwight Sipler/Flickr.com; used under Creative Commons license.