One of the things that I look forward to the most about future holidays with Baby L, is doing fun little projects. Decorating cookies, making popcorn garland, stringing up paper chains to countdown to the big day. I can’t wait to tell her the Christmas story, share the history of the recipes we make each year, tell her about the Christmas when it was just Mr. L and me alone in D.C. waiting for her to be born. For now she is living her own narrative. She watched as a tree (with colored lights—her favorite!) came to be in the corner of the living room. She turned to listen as the mixer whirled with a fury whipping together butter and sugar. She rubbed her hands together when glitter from these sparkly beads stuck to her small fingers. Baby girl, this is Christmas.
This necklace is incredibly easy and you can make any pattern you want with more or less gold ones or any other color you like. I made extra beads and placed them in a bowl along with unshelled pecans to create a simple seasonal centerpiece. Like Baby L learned, the glitter will rub off a little—as glitter does—but I found the sparkle remained even after letting her play with them for a minute.
Oven-Baked Clay Glitter Beads
-4 oz. pkg. beige oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey)
– glitter (ultra fine or fine glitter works best)
-small plastic bag
-hemp cord (or similar thin cord that you like)
Break off a piece of the clay and roll and massage it in your hands to condition (aka soften) the clay. Roll into a ball about 3/4-inch thick. Using a wooden toothpick, make a hole all the way through the bead. Add a small amount of glitter to a plastic bag. Place the bead in the bag and gently shake to coat the bead in the glitter. Gently roll the bead in your hands to help push the glitter into the bead. Reshape the bead if needed. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 275°F for 45 minutes (15 minutes per quarter inch). Allow the beads to cool completely then string them on the cord.