Native American Jewelry Crafts for Kids

Published on June 28, 2011 by Amy

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Turquoise and silver jewelry is one kind of Native American jewelry
Turquoise and silver jewelry is
one kind of Native American jewelry

There are many crafts children can make to learn about Native American culture. Each Native American tribe had different crafts and styles of decoration. Choose a particular tribe’s art or crafts to emulate, or simple choose a more general Native American craft for an overview of Native American crafting.

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Arrowhead Necklace

Give an arrowhead to each child (they can be purchased online or in craft stores). Provide a 30-inch cord and seven pony beads for each child as well. Wrap the middle of the cord around the arrowhead in a crisscross shape. Tie a knot holding the two ends together around the back of the arrowhead. Slip one bead through both ends of the cord at the top of the arrowhead. Add three beads to each side of the cord and tie a knot in the ends to complete the necklace.

Leather Bracelets

Cut pieces of faux leather 1-inch thick and 12 inches long. Attach a snap to the ends of the bracelet so the bracelet can snap together around the child’s wrists. Allow the children to draw native American designs onto the top part of the leather strips with pencil. They can then color in the designs with acrylic paints and small paintbrushes. Allow the designs to dry for one hour before wearing the bracelets.

Kokopelli Necklace

The Kokopelli is a famous Native American icon that looks like a person with long, spiked hair playing a wind instrument. Cut out a rectangle with rounded edges from the plastic that shrinks in the oven. Draw the outline of the Kokopelli figure onto the rectangle. Color the background black and the figure whatever color you want. Make the design about two times larger than you want the finished design. Punch a hole in the top of the rectangle. Bake according to package directions. When the design cools, thread a cord through the hole to make a necklace.

Macaroni Bracelet

Cut a paper towel tube into 2-inch thick sections. Cut a small portion of the tube away to make a semi-circle that can fit around a child’s wrist. Cover the tube with aluminum foil and glue in place. Paint macaroni noodles with turquoise paint. When the noodles dry, glue them to the surface of the bracelet. This kind of bracelet was popular with the Native Americans in the western United States.

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