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!