I was recently having a clear-out of the children's room, when I came across a beaded belt that Little Lady doesn't use. It consisted of square beads threaded onto and partly wrapped in thick pink string. I as going to donate to the charity shop, when I wondered if the beads would be any good for children's jewellery.
I let the boys take the belt apart and found that the beads were actually a lot brighter than they looked when they were threaded on the pink string, there were also more colours (beads tray below with blue border).
I threaded them onto wire (I use fishing rod wire Kooky Little Sister gave me years ago for jewellery wire - it doesn't break and that one roll has lasted me years). I interspersed the coloured square beads from the belt with doughnut shaped clear glass crystal beads.
I used the same pattern to create matching bracelets using stretchy jewellery making thread. I hid the knots with the charms below.
I ended up with two sets like the one below which I gave to Little Lady and one of my little cousins for Eid and which both have been wearing.
I originally thought the square beads were bit childish, but when I mad the necklace sets, I found I loved the colours and shape of them, so I decided to make a three stranded version for myself.
Not sure if I will wear this or doesn't feel grown up enough for me, but I'm glad I took the belt apart now.