Rock and Mineral Activities for Kids


Semiprecious Barrettes Activity
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              Gently press the ribbon onto the surface of the barrettes.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Gently press the ribbon onto the surface of the barrettes.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Try this semiprecious barrettes activity and make your own hair decorations -- no one else will have barrettes exactly like yours!

Match them to your favorite outfits, or make extra-special barrettes to give to your friends as gifts.

What You'll Need:

  • Three barrettes, 80mm each
  • One foot of cream grosgrain ribbon, three-eighths inch wide
  • Six-inch string of natural stones
  • About nine seashells
  • Dried greenery and flowers
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue

Step 1: Cut the ribbon into three four-inch lengths.

Step 2: Spread glue over the surface of the barrette. Fold an end of one piece of ribbon under about 1/4 of an inch. Line up folded edge with the end of the barrette.

Step 3: Spread a little glue to the folded area of ribbon and press the ribbon to the glued surface of the barrette. Fold the other end of the ribbon under so the folded edge is even with the opposite end of the barrette.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              Apply glue to the ribbon on the barrette before securing the stones.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Apply glue to the ribbon on the barrette before securing the stones.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 4: Hold folded ends with your fingers until glue forms a bond. Repeat for other two barrettes. For the stone barrette, apply glue to the top of the ribbon. Press stones into glue and hold until glue forms a bond. Let glue dry completely.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              Choose any type of rocks and natural materials for your other barrettes.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Choose any type of rocks and natural materials for your other barrettes.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 5: Select the type and amount of natural materials for your other barrettes. Arrange the materials on a table until you are happy with the designs.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              Press the stones into the glued ribbon on top of the barrette.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Press the stones into the glued ribbon on top of the barrette.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 6: For the seashell barrette, apply glue to small seashells one at a time and press onto the ribbon. Let glue dry completely.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              Apply glue to the natural materials you chose and press onto the top of the barrette.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Apply glue to the natural materials you chose and press onto the top of the barrette.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 7: For the last barrette, apply glue to greenery and flowers and press onto the ribbon. Let glue dry completely.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              A finished stone barrette.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. A finished stone barrette.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

A handmade stone barrette is the perfect accessory for any occasion.

Keep reading to learn more about our birthstone activity.

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