A surprising success, the beads you see strung on my daughters necklace were made out of white bread and glue.

Yes, white bread and glue.

I confess I didn't think this would work.

Unlike many of my other instructables, this one DID NOT start from a Pinterest pin.  I saw it in a women's magazine and thought, "Why not?  I've made things before and they've failed...at least this would be a pretty inexpensive craft if it didn't work."
I bought the cheapest loaf of white bread I could find and used our Elmer's and Elmer's-like glue we already had.

The result was some well spent time with my children, a lesson in patience for my daughter, and a cute handmade necklace that has been (at least for now) added to her jewelry collection. 
Some things just don't have monetary value on them.

So a few notes before we move on:
  • Our beads have lasted about three (3) weeks.  I will update the instructable if (or more likely when) I see mold (if they make it that long in our house.)
  • This project was done with a three and a half year old (3-1/2) girl, and seven (7)and two (2) year old boys.  All of them had fun making the beads initially, but only my daughter seemed to enjoy painting them.  That was just our experience though.
  • The total time was about one-hour (1-hour) on the first day (Day 1, Steps 2-5) making the dough and beads, just under an hour (1-hour) the second day (Day 2, Step 6) painting the bead with a product called "Gesso" (a paint primer), just under an hour (1-hour) the third day (Day 3, Step 7) painting the beads different colors, and maybe fifteen minutes (15-min) the forth day (Day 4, Step 8) to string the beads on the cord.  ---About three-hours and fifteen minutes (3-hrs, 15-min) over the course of four (4) days. ---
  • I had to buy the Gesso paint primer and had a hard time finding it.  I ended up getting it at the second Michaels Arts and Crafts store I went to, and paid about $7 for it (after a coupon.)
  • I had all the other materials & tools (listed in Step 1.)

It really was a fun project and like I said, it worked!

Step 1: Materials & Tools

What you'll need:
  • White Bread, at least 12-slices (see notes on Step 2; we left the crusts on but the original article stated to remove the crusts)
  • Elmer's Brand or other white School Glue
  • Wax paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Styrofoam blocks (I used some floral blocks I had)
  • Gesso Paint Primer (I bought Martha Stewart brand but the article stated that Plaid FolkArt also makes it)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Painting tools such as paper bowls for the paint, paper or plastic to cover your work space, and either sponge brushes or smaller paint brushes
  • Plastic container or bowl (to mix glue with bread)
  • Approximately 1-yard or so of elastic cording for a necklace and maybe 1/2-yard if you make a bracelet
We also used plastic forks to smash up the bread and a plastic knife to cut the beads out.
That looks like fun.
I have to admit this is a new one on me, even if it has years of know how!! lol Who knew!! I would also like to see those bread clay roses too.. they sound awesome.. humm time to go search the net ;) voted!
I know right?! <br>Thank you SO MUCH for voting and your wonderful comments! =D
So I searched the net, found some awesome things made out of bread clay, a couple different recipes and a bunch of photos..lol Here is a thought.. I was wondering if a person could make their own silicone molds using 100% silicone in a tube with a mixture of bread clay added in for longer resistance and cracking.. hummm ( grabs my experiment jacket and heads to the kitchen lab) lol
My grandmother, mother and I would make roses and other flowers with the bread and glue dough. The items last years if you seal them. Thank you for the reminder of great times.
Thank you for sharing that! <br>Good to know about the years! That Gesso is pretty amazing stuff so I am curious how long they will last as a sealer on these.
I just read through all of the instructions. When we made the flowers we added food coloring or water based paint to the glue and bread mixture. You knead it in the amount of the &quot;clay/putty&quot; you want that color. You do not need a lot of the coloring..... just like most art a little goes a long way.
One more thing..... We did take the crusts off. My grandmother would then tear them or chop them up for bread crumbs in her meatloaf or for coating foods for the fryer. LOL I am done..... sorry for the long wind.
Don't be sorry! I'm loving your comments. I hope you write an Instructable about making bread flowers.<br>What a good idea to use the crusts in a meatloaf!
This may be the craziest craft I've ever seen! I love it!
Please vote for me in the crafts and or jewelry contest! Hee hee.... =)
Oh and thank you!

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