Here is an awesome idea from one of my dearest friends, Lisa!! I have known her for many years and I can say about her whole family that they live a life to love and serve others in an amazing way. They truly are a blessing to many in a lot of different ways. Here is an example of just one of them!! I hope you enjoy this little tutorial but more than that, I hope that you will also be inspired to think of others and do something to help even if it is in the littlest of ways.
a A few years ago my kids and I realized we had the ability to make a big difference in the lives of others locally, and even globally (yes, just a homeschool mom and her young kids). We had all we needed: a heart to make a difference and a willingness to serve. Through age-appropriate fundraisers we were able to give a decent amount of funds to missionaries that make a great impact in touching people lives with the Gospel. What started out as a simple candy bar fundraiser, grew to a yearly-family tradition. In fact, this year my oldest daughter began dreaming up new ways to earn money for those in need. Using money she had been saving, she decided to purchase supplies to make necklaces to raise funds to buy Bibles for a missions group in the states. It was a blast to sit with her and brainstorm jewelry designs! We were almost giddy as we shopped for supplies and watched her vision come to life! Below is a tutorial of how you can create these simple, yet beautiful necklaces that, for us, are transforming the lives of others!
1. Choose a simple cotton fabric that will become your necklace cording.
2. Decide the length of your necklace and add 6 inches. The extra inches will allow you to tie the ends of your necklace into a simple bow once your necklace is completed. Next, decide how wide you want your necklace. Ours range between ½ to an 1/8 of an inch. To make your necklace strip, create a small cut at one end of your fabric and begin tearing the strip away from the rest of the fabric. This will create a long strip, like below. Tearing the fabric creates a fray, which you want for this style of design.
3. Add beads of your choice. We made a knot before after most beads on our necklaces to keep them in place.