Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain types of accessories and greatly dislike the look and feel of others?
There are so many little details that go into making an earring for instance. The shape, size, color, the material it’s made of, it’s weight, how it sways and how it feels on our ears. All these little details combine to make us either hate an earring or truly love it.
It’s always personal. What someone else likes and looks great in might not be suitable for us and vise versa. And that’s because we not only have different physical features like our SKIN TONE, FACE SHAPE, EYE COLOR AND HAIR COLOR, but we also have different BACKGROUNDS, PERSONALITY and EXPERIENCES.
This earring design challenge cleverly and subtly teaches your child to consider all of the above as they design earrings for themselves or a loved one.
The end result of this fashion art activity gives you a beautiful portrait and thoughtfully designed earrings. If you love to encourage your child to make gifts for family and friends, instead of buying them. this is a great activity for that as well. At specialty arts and crafts stores like Michael’s and online at Amazon you can easily find all the accessories that can help bring your child’s vision to life.
So let’s dig in!
Here is what you need:
Materials & Supplies:
-Art supplies: glue, wool string, foil, toothpicks, fabric scraps, stickers, watercolor paint, paintbrushes, markers, pencils, scissors
-Print out of different face shapes preferably on good quality watercolor paper
-Earring Detail cubes (print out and assemble)
-flat nose pliers
-round nose pliers
Step 1: Arrange the art supplies nicely on the table along with the face printout and earring detail cubes.
Step 2: Allow the child to come to the project and express themselves freely without any limitations. The cubes are there to help spark their imagination if they don’t know where to start and what to draw. They child rolls them like dice and whatever pops up they draw. The portraits don’t have to be perfect and in fact abstract portraits with yellow faces and square noses are fun and beautiful as well. Gluing in fabric, string, foil and toothpicks to create earrings is also a lot of fun for the kids.
Step 3: At this point the child has played around creating a variety of different earring designs and portraits. Out of what they created they can pick the design that they want to physically make for a special someone as a gift. Search on the web or at specialty craft stores like Michael’s for specific earring accessories to complete their design vision. Michael’s has all kids of gemstones, fabrics, hoops etc. With your earring making kit you will be able to make lots of different kinds of earrings by simply attaching various stones to the earring hooks.
See post Earring Design Challenge: for Little Kids to see a close up images of how to assemble an earring using earring hooks, crimp beads and pliers.
Step 4: Gift your beautifully framed portrait along with custom designed earrings!