Jewelry Making Ideas for the Summer Camp Art Director

I have worked for 13 years as a children's summer camp art director.  I dislike buying packaged projects and look outside the box for ideas for our many art area activities.

Because of this role, I found instructables.  I continue to use instructables to this day to not only find fun projects for camp, but to enjoy personally and to share projects I have done.  I decided to put a guide together for some great jewelry making projects that would work well in a summer camp setting.

Please look here if you are needing general crafts.

Quilled Jewelry to match your mood! style
I fell in love with paper quilling about 5 years ago....and since then i've been gifting people with quilled cards , frames and so on. Its inexpensive and very beautiful ...all it takes is your time :...
Popsicle Stick Jewelry style
Often overlooked, popsicle sticks, tongue depressors and wood craft sticks all make great jewelry with only a few tools and materials. They are not difficult to make and with some imagination and crea...
Bow Tatted Necklace Step By Step style
This is the step by step instructions for my previous Instructable "Bow Tatted Necklace".  I'm going to take the directions pretty slow so, if you are so inclined, the last step (step 10) will just be...
Tatted Square Border Bracelet style
I have been thinking of messing around with split rings and this is what came of it.  I also have been looking at different pieces of jewelry and seeing if I could recreate it with tatting.  I think i...
How to Make a Map Ring style
I made a box from layered paper some time ago, since then I've wanted to try to make other things using this method, one idea I had was to make a ring. Seeing that maps seem to be rather popular right...
Paintbrush and Palette Pendant style
I made this pendant for an artist friend of mine. I chose the colors of the palette based on a painting she did. I placed them in the same order ,from top to bottom, as I saw them in her painting. Hop...
Turtle pendant from a nickel style
Again inspired by mrballeng here on Instructables, this is a pendant made from a nickel! The nickel was hammered flat, then filed into the correct outline. I then used paperclips to create the indent...
Shrinky Dink Woven Bracelet Tutorial style
I experimented a bit and created this woven shrinky dink bracelet.  For this project, you will need one sheet of shrinky dink, jump rings, and a clasp.
How to make a Tree Pendant style
Find it here in my shop:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/95177139/tree-of-life-pendant What you will need: Wire (20 gauge and 26 gauge) Wire cutters Round nose pliers Small beads Something to wrap the w...
Wire Tree of Life style
A wire tree of life.
How to Make a Vintage Inspired Clay Rose Necklace style
This is a BEAUTIFUL and easy DIY accessorie project that will “wow” everyone who sees you wear it.  The thing I like most about this project is that it is cheap (of course) and unique in that each ros...
Daisy Beaded Bead Weaving Pattern style
Just wanted to show you what you can do with my daisy beaded bead weaving pattern. I like to design jewelries that you can use in various ways. Create several pieces, link them together and create a b...
Make a Funky Safety Pin Bracelet style
This safety pin bracelet is cool, easy to make, and gets rid of that big box of safety pins in your closet! All you need is 80 safety pins,(the bigger the better!) elastic cord, and seed or E beads i...
Needle Tatting A Necklace style
If you've mastered the tatted flower instructable, you're ready to learn a few new techniques. This necklace will help you learn split rings, josephine knots and clovers to create a wearable piece of ...
Moebius strip earrings style
Make these earrings with size 11/0 cylinder beads in the shape of a Moebius strip, which has only one edge and one side. First, work a 4-bead wide strip of herringbone weave. Twist, join the ends, ad...
How To Make A Beaded Bracelet On A Cardboard Box Loom style
Learn how to make unique woven bracelets out of tiny beads. Beaded bracelets are fun to wear and also make great gifts!
Braclet Making style
Have you ever wondered what the heck to buy the last person on your Christmas list? Well, if it is a girl (and hopefully it is) then you can make this bracelet. You don't need beads, all you need is.....
Angry Birds Earrings: Pig Edition style
After making Angry Bird Earrings, I had to make some pig earrings from the game to match! These earrings are very straightforward if you have read my Angry Bird Earrings Instructable and my Geek Earr...
Angry Birds Earrings style
Pigs got you down? Smash their homes to bits with these super angry bird earrings! This Instructable will show you how to make some earrings for your most Angry Birds addicted friends. These instru...
How To Make The Ultimate Friendship Bracelet! style
I started making friendship bracelets in elementary school and became obsessed rather quickly. I bought several books on how to make different patterns, bought every color of embroidery floss imaginab...
Friendship Bracelet style
This is a simple DIY tutorial on how to make an adorable friendship bracelet!
Rocket Locket style
Needed: Section of copper pipe Old CD Coat hanger Paper Clip Sand paper, various grits Soldering torch optional
Copper Leaf Pendant style
This pendant is cut from the same piece of copper pipe as my Copper Rocket Pendant. I first embossed the lines by laying a needle over the copper and hammering it. I then cut it out and solder...
Brass Monkey style
This monkey was made from two bullet shells and 20” of brass wire. It makes for a cool way to hang your keys. The face is my design while the rest of the body is based off a monkey I bought from a ho...
Tips on How to Make a Crystal Ring style
This is a lovely little tutorial on how to make a funky pyramid style crystal ring using Swarovski Crystals and Czech Crystal beads. Have fun and play around you can even turn it at an angle and you h...
Gem Clip Jewellery style
I have tried to make a jewellery set using translucent (Colored and coated with plastic) gem clips.From a multi colored pack I have chosen 2 colors for this project. I have made a pair of earrings ...
How to make belts and bracelets out of soda pop tabs style
 This instructable shows you how to make belts and bracelets out of tabs found on soda cans. This project is fairly easy but takes some time. Bracelets average 10-20 minutes and belts take about 1-2 ...
Donna's earrings (inspired by earrings worn by Donna in Mamma Mia the Movie) style
She wore a similar pair earrings like this when she was singing "Winner takes it all".
Butterfly Bracelet style
If you can make a loop with cone nose pliers, you can make a butterfly bracelet. All you need is a few paper clips. For tools you'll need: Cone nose pliers Flat nose pliers Diagonal cutting plie...
Safety pin Bracelet!!!! style
To make this u'll need: large safety pins - 70 (approx) lots of small beads  elastic cords - 2 
Saftey Pin Braclets style
Safety pins with colourful beads on them tied with elastic!!!! Takes a very long time but worth it in the end =D
How to Make a Hemp Necklace style
This instructable will teach you the square-knot pattern used for most hemp necklaces. *The beads used are from my "How to Make Polymer Beads" instructable. Check it out! For other great hemp necklace...
Make a silver ring for 25 cents style
Do you have a quarter from 1964 or before? If you do, it is made of silver. You can turn that coin into a nice silver band using a spoon, a drill, and a metal file. A quarter will yield a small ring, ...
acrylic jewelry style
This 'instructable' is for creating jewelry using plexi/acrylic. It includes:. a list of materials and supplies . a brief explanation on how to easily and quickly use Adobe Illustrator to create fun s...
How to Make Paper Beads style
Want to know how to make beautiful, light weight, eco friendly, handmade, recycled paper beads! Check out this step by step instructions on how to make a paper bead, and you will enjoy and achieve som...
Disc Bead Bracelet - Cheap, Easy, and recycled shrinky plastic! style
This is a fun and easy project, costs less than $1 to make, has tons of possibilities for customization, requires no jewelry making skill or real tools, and is a way to recycle stuff that would be thr...
How to make a toothbrush bracelet style
Hello, and welcome to the illustrated step-by-step process for making a toothbrush bracelet. This is a great way to reuse an item that you may have otherwise thrown out. In six simple steps you will t...
The Double Helix -Glass Bead DNA model V1.0 style
DNA consists of two long polymers of nucleotides running anti-parallel, the strands are held together by hydrogen bonds between nucleotides (containing purines and pyrimidine bases). The nucleotides...
A begginners guide to making chainmaille jewelry. style
It can be very satisfying to see a piece of amazing jewelry you made from wire to rings to jewelry.In this instructable i will teach you how to do this amazing thing.
The Double Helix -Glass Bead DNA model V2.0 style
Here is my second glass bead DNA double helix model. In this model I used wire instead of thread and I also added more space between the base pairs. Here is a link to my first model.
DNA Earrings style
I saw DNA jewelry somewhere online a long time ago when I didn't even have pierced ears.  I almost pierced my ears that day so I could wear them, but it looked complicated and I didn't have a lot of t...
Bent Wood Rings style
Wood rings are beautiful.  They feel warm and have a lovely sheen when finished properly.  They tend not to be very durable, though.  Often they crack along the grain after continued wear. Bent wood ...
How to Make a Simple Macrame' Bracelet (or necklace) style
Taking a long road trip this summer? Well, we know how boring those can be. That's why we're gonna show you how to make some awesome hemp bracelets. It'll keep you awake and you can keep the driver aw...
How to make a wooden ring style
A ring that I had from Vietnam recently broke, leaving an emptiness on my finger and soul, so I decided to fill that emptiness with a lil bit of craftiness.
Bezel-Setting Tutorial style
Make your own bezel-set ring or other piece of jewelry following this tutorial! You will need: Basic to intermediate metalsmithing skills soldering equipment pickling solution Jewelers saw shears/sn...
Resin Jewelry Tutorial with John W. Golden part 1 style
A how-to video for using epoxy resin, silver-plated rings and pewter pendant trays to create jewelry from reproductions of your artwork. Part 1 of 3. See John's finished rings, pendants and artist's ...
Jewelry or Serviette holder style
This is a nice project that can be given as a gift (if you make it look nice) or used as serviette holders for Christmas dinner or any other occasion. Depending on its shape and size it could also be ...
Fishing Lure Necklace style
The tackle shop sells a number of realistic-looking critters. Faux fish come in several, stylish colors. Materials: faux-fish fishing lure wire cutters thread beads clasp scissors, as usual.
bottle cap pins style
Let's face it, button pins make everything more awesome. I've seen street vendors and trendy hipster stores sell custom pins for a few dollars each. I figured I could make my own easily enough and wou...
How To Make Friendship Bracelets (Using A Braiding Disc) style
Here's how to make braided cord for friendship bracelets and other uses - making use of a cardbaord braiding disc.
Shining Star Earrings Jewelry Making Tutorial style
Here is an earring design that has no limits. You can make the earring frame as big as you want and use any size of bicones or beads you prefer.  Materials & Tools: 2 ear wires 10 x 4mm bicone crysta...
How to Make a Hematite (Magnetic) Bead Bracelet/Necklace style
I have become adventurous in my old age.  I was well over 50 the first time I drove across country (Utah to Virginia).  At one of the many rest stops I found a hematite bead bracelet. I bought one f...
Bullet Shell Ring style
Here is a great project for used brass bullet shells!
Hoop Earring Ornament style
Holiday ornaments can be so unoriginal, just how many presents or colorful spheres can you have on your tree, bush, etc.?  It's time to try something different! I decided to put a spin on the family ...
rainbow cake necklace style
This is a scrumptious rainbow cake necklace that i made from polymer clay.
Faux LifeSaver Candy Necklace style
Candy is fun, but bad for your teeth and blood sugar.  It's also that case than any do-it-your-selfer likes to make things with stuff that is already in the house/garage etc....  Mmmm..... so I was ...
The 895 Yen Choker - Japanese coin necklace style
This instructable will show you how to make a pretty cool choker-style necklace out of Japanese coins.  I used Japanese coins because I had a jar of them lying around, but any disk shaped object with ...
Daisy chain choker style
This is my first instructable. I am trying to keep the instructions very simple. I spent less than $5 and I have plenty of material left for future projects. Hope you love it!!! Material list • V...
Flatware Jewelry style
It's really simple to make some fairly nifty jewelry out of what you've already got sitting around. For this bracelet I chose a stainless fork with some long tines and a bit of character, and then gav...
How To Make A Bracelet Out Of Candy Wrappers! style
My example: Starburst wrappers (but I've also been successful with Tootsie Roll wrappers) - Keep in mind that the wrapper should be a rectangular shape. - You’ll need about 30-40 wrappers depending o...
Make Your Own Hand-Stamped Spoon Necklace style
I love Spoon Necklaces! This tutorial will show you how to make your own personalized spoon necklace.
Beer Bangles style
Like Beer? Wear bangles, bracelets or bits and bobs?  Time for some booze based beautification of your wrists... Or y'know just being a trashy wee bizzum...  This one was definitely a "lets see if t...
Dollar Bill Ring Bling style
How to create a ring out of a dollar bill, or any other US money, for that matter. This is a continuation of my money origami series, started here. As with the previous one, massive credit goes to Cla...
Cork Embroidery Tutorial style
In expectation of the Earth Day and to show awareness for the protection of our beloved Earth, I have prepared a cute, recycling project – consisting of stitching cork discs. When embroidered, the co...
Beaded Clasp style
This basic tutorial will give you an idea how to create a clasp and add your own personal touch to it that will make your handcrafted piece totally handmade from start to finish. Materials & Tools: 2...
How to cut coins to make jewelry style
Have you ever wondered about this cool beautiful designs on coins like state quarters and world coins and said hey i think this could be a great key chain or a pendant?? If you did here is how to make...
How to make a polymer clay hot dog keychain style
This short Ible shows how to sculpt a realistic polymer clay hot dog~
Pokeball Earrings: A super-effective gift for friends and family! style
A birthday for a friend of mine is coming up soon, so I decided I would give her something special. Since she loves to collect earrings, the only logical thing for me to do was to give her a unique pa...
Learn Needle Tatting With My Flower Pendant style
Sure my mask is cool, but it's not for the beginner. This is a beginners project with needle tatting. Making this simple flower pendant will teach you some of the basics of needle tatting. No knowledg...
How to solder (for Jewelry purposes) style
This instructable will demonstrate how to solder sterling silver rings using a torch, silver solder, and various other tools to create a pair of sterling silver earrings. How about making your friend ...
Doodle Earrings (Jewelry Charms) by Recycling #6 plastic (Make your own shrinky dinks!) style
Here's a quick fun project! You don't need to be able to draw more than a doodle, and you end up with pretty & interesting jewelry! These charms can be used for earrings, necklaces, or whatever you'd ...
String Art Necklace style
I loved playing with a spirograph as a kid.  This necklace takes little more than string and fabric glue to recreate the look of the sirograph drawings using string art techniques.
Egyptian Coil Bracelet style
This is a simple chain that requires very few tools. Bonus points for recycling wire!
PB & J Friendship Charms style
You've probably seen or received a piece of friendship jewelry in the past- they could differ from a woven bracelet to two parts of a split heart. Either way, they make a great gift and really allow y...
Make a Soda Can Ring style
After seeing how much useful material was put into aluminum cans, I was inspired to make something out of them, instead of trashing them. These are fairly easy to make, can be made quite quickly with...
Millefiori Beads from Polymer Clay style
Millefiori is Italian for "Thousand Flowers."  Originally a technique used for making decorative glass works, a similar process can be used to make designs in polymer clays, such as Fimo and Sculpey. ...
Seashell necklace style
My favorite seashells are the ones which have been battered by the waves, smashed, carved by sand and worn so thin only the iridescent shadow of their former selves remain. I can't walk along the beac...
Orange Tiger Cat Sculpey Pendant style
Hello there boys and girls!  Today's instructable will teach you how to create your own orange tiger cat sculpey pendant and hopefully inspire you to create more things using the techniques shown.  Le...
DIY Easy Bracelets style
No doubt, beads are pretty! & we can make even prettier things with'em. You can mix & match different, colourful beads to make any kind of jewellery. Well, I think bracelets are a great way to get sta...
How to make Earring hoops in 2 ways style
I would like to show you how to create the earring hoops in two ways, one without a bail and one with a bail., similar to the bricks stitch earrings I created. Choose how you would want your earring h...
How to create Multiple Hoop Earrings style
Earring hoops are a fad! Here's one you can try and create one for you and your friends.  Materials & tools: Beading wire 2 Crimp beads 32 White beads 14 Green beads 2 Heart charm 2 Ear wires Flat nos...
Beaded Wreath Pendant Jewelry Making Tutorial style
With this short tutorial, you will learn how to do right angle weaving technique and form a circle. You will also learn how to make a bail, a technique that you can use on other beaded jewelry designs...
How to solder amateur jewelry style
This video is in response to questions I’ve gotten about soldering. This is how I solder all my projects. Keep in mind metal solders best when it’s clean. Also, some metals are difficult or impossible...
Linked Hearts Pendant style
These hearts are made from two American nickels. It’s a fun project, doesn’t require any specialized tools, and can be made in one afternoon. From start to finish it took about 2½ hours.  
Treble Clef Pendant style
With a few inches of wire and some basic tools you can make a treble clef pendant. Now if only that cute flute player from high school could see me now! I’m using 16 gage wire. Twenty-five feet cost ...
Basketball Tie Tack style
Pennies minted before 1983 are made of mostly copper. With one of those and a few tools you can make a basketball tie tack. Or I can make it for you.
Zinc & Copper Pendant style
This is what you get when you hammer air gun BB’s in to a penny and then polish off the copper to show the zinc. To do it: Place several BB’s between two pieces of aluminum tape. Lay a penny ove...
Professional looking jewellery on the cheap style
How many times do you want to make some jewellery for someone, but find all DIY jewellery seems to be are clay beads, or just assembling clasps, wire and pendants that have to be bought? This instruct...