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Edible Jewelry

Making edible jewelry is a crafty way to double the fun for kids - because they'll enjoy putting their creations together... and then eating what they've made!

To make edible jewelry you will need...

...Any food that you can thread on to a a piece of string, yarn... or an edible 'string' such as shoestring licorice.

Some foods and candy come with the hole already made for you - for example, pretzel twists, Fruit Loops, Cheerios and gummy Lifesavers.

Other foods may need you to make a hole for threading - my kids use a knitting needle (with adult supervision) to push a hole into the food we're using. The hole is then the perfect size!

And this is what makes creating this type of jewelry so much fun...

You can choose whatever food your child likes to thread on to it!

Where to get your edible beads...

Check out the loose sweets for sale at your local grocery store. My local IGA supermarket still has the bins of loose lolliesand snacks that can be used to make edible jewelry.  As long as they are not hard lollies, you can put a hole in most of them so that they can be strung.

If you pick candy with bright colors to create eye-catching edible necklaces, bracelets or even rings.  You might also like to think about using dried fruit pieces or trail mix pieces.

Why making edible jewelry is a good idea...

  1. This activity can help younger children develop an awareness of patterns.  Get them to thread on one red candy, two yellow ones, one red candy, or ask them to come up with their own patterns
  2. By skipping the candy altogether and using plain popcorn, plump sultanas, whole wheat Cheerios, or any other healthy treat you and your children can make healthy and enjoyable treats.
  3. Making edible jewelry is a great way to entertain children and it is a great activity for birthday partys, sleepovers or during long summer holidays. All you need to do is set out a few bowls of foods suitable for threading and let the kids design their own creations.  

Want to Show Off Your Kids Creations?

If your children would like to share their fantastic creatures with the world, then we'd love to help them do so!

Just take a photo, then visit our main Crafts for Kids page and scroll down - you'll find a form to upload your photo and the name of their creation.

We look forward to receiving it!

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