Hardware Jewelry

Kid-makers, do you want to make an awesome gift for a girl or boy you know? Something that looks tough (but is really kind of easy)? Our newest video will show YOU have to make one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, keychains and more from things you have in your garage, basement or toolbox.

Find some hex nuts, washers or any other hardware with a hole in the center. Find some string, twine, rope or ribbon. Then watch this video to learn how to braid it all together into seriously tough jewelry you made yourself. Maker Rebecca shows you how!

Stay calm and make on.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Upcycled T-shirt Mother’s Day Gifts

T-shirt Flower Ring – Click here to learn how from Homemade Ginger!

Somewhere in the back of your drawers, kid-makers, is an old t-shirt just waiting for you to make an awesome Mother’s Day gift out of it. Surprised? Makers enjoy upcycling tees because the jersey knit doesn’t need to be hemmed, so you can make tons of projects without even needing to sew!

We hunted the internet to find the greatest wearable gifts for mom out of old t-shirts:

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Ribbon Roses

Ribbon roses are a project we just know you’ll find lots of uses for, kid makers. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be attaching them to pencils, headbands, bike handles and wrapped presents  in no time. They also make great GIFTS for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and birthdays! Special thanks to maker Christina and kid makers Amberly and Melvay!

MAKER TIP: Try folding these  roses out of paper or fabric to find even more uses and styles for folding flowers.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Light Up Wristbands

These light up wristbands are an awesome intro to adding lights to your clothes! We’re thinking about all the things to do with these, lighting up socks, shoes, shirts, headbands … Don’t worry about finding the special supplies for this project. Click here for the soft circuit sewing kit.

Download the instructions for this project here: Light Up Wristband Instructions.

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