How-to: Kid-Made Recycled Cardboard Pendants

cardboard pendants

kid-made recycled cardboard pendant

Kids love to make their own jewelry, and these pendants, crafted from upcycled cardboard, are especially fun to create and wear. The pendants cost no money, slip easily inside a letter to a pen pal, and, if the kid gets tired of wearing them, can be tossed right back into the recycling bin.

Here’s how to make them:

embellishing her upcycled cardboard pendant
embellishing her upcycled cardboard pendant

You will need:

  • upcycled cardboard–cereal boxes and shipping boxes work well, although here we’re using old record album covers (we made record bowls with the albums inside)
  • template and pencil–a jar lid or other circle, about 2″ diameter, is a good size for the template
  • sturdy scissors
  • hole punch–a narrow one works better at punching through thick cardboard than the standard-sized circle
  • pens or markers to decorate–I HIGHLY recommend gel pens for this project, because they work on both rough and slick surfaces, and their colors really pop
  • twine or embroidery thread

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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