Friday, 2 November 2012

African Necklaces (Paper Plates)

This is one of my favourite projects to do with almost any age primary school class. I love that they all turn out so differently!
They are made using the outer rim of a large paper plate and they are inspired by the beaded necklaces of the Samburu Tribe.








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  1. Beautiful! I love the colors and the shapes :)Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth.......this is one of my all time favourite projects :-)

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  2. This is a brilliant project- I would never have thought to use a paper plate. Do these actually fit around the students' necks?

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    1. This design is very convenient! I started using cereal boxes for the cardboard and punch 2 holes one on either side of the slit and then tying on yarn. My first and or second graders aren't good at tying knots. This design you don't the ties and yarn aren't needed. You just carefully spread the collar apart at the cut end and push your neck through. So convenient!

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  3. Oh, and what did you colour them with: markers or paint?

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    1. The plates do fit around the student's necks (just!). We paint ours first with acrylic paint and then some students choose to outline some of their patterns with a permanent marker.

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  4. They r lovely,but could u show how u painted &put the beads on the plates?

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    1. Hi Shani, we just painted an all over colour and then painted patterns over the top - with acrylic paint. The 'beads' you mentioned must just be the painted patterns, as we didn't add actual beads (although you could hot glue some on!). I hope that explains it :-)

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  5. Why did you paint them first? Were you covering something up, or just making it a better canvas for the markers?

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    1. Hi Ginger, I didn't want the kids to just be colouring with markers. The acrylic paint produced far brighter and more interesting colours. It was then up to the students if they wanted to outline some of their patterns.

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  7. They're so pretty and I am sure that the kids had fun making them. I have seen necklaces like the ones you speak of in jewelry photos and they are gorgeous. I never thought of using paper plates to make something similar. This is a good idea.

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  8. I love these necklaces. I am sure children had a lot of fun making these african necklaces and brought out their creative juices.I never thought of using paper plates to make something similar. This is a good idea

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  9. They are beautiful and what a very clever idea! I'm going to try these myself!

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    2. If you look at the photos, the process is fairly self explanatory. As you have posted anonymously, I can't contact you. Feel free to email me if you would like explicit instructions.

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  11. I am a girl scout leader, and I'm thinking about doing this with my 4th grade girls as a project for World Thinking Day (they're studying Egypt). Most of them are NOT artistically inclined. How would you guide them in their decorations to make sure they come out looking Egyptian or African? Eg - Use repeating patterns, use bright colors versus pastels, etc. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Angela, I would look at the shapes and colours that they use. If you want them to look Egyptian, go with lots of gold and shades of blue. Show them some examples of Egyptian patterns and maybe they could add some hieroglyphics symbols as well. Hope that helps!

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  12. Is the largest necklace a paper plate? And...are those painted on beads or real beads?

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    1. The largest one is a actual beaded necklace :-)

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