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St. Patrick’s Day & Spring Bling

By Cindy Hopper

To make these special beads for St. Patrick’s Day and Spring… mix up some flour, salt, oil and water.

Salt Dough Recipe

* 3 Cups flour
* 1 Cup salt
* 1 tablespoon oil
* 3/4  to 1 cup water
* Mix well and knead with hands.


Begin making beads by rolling small pieces of dough between hands.

Use a skewer to make a hole in the middle of the bead. Make the holes really large. The dough will shrink during baking.

Cookie Cutters can be used to make pendants for the necklaces. To make the shamrock cut out three small hearts, press together and then add a piece of dough for the stem.

Once all the beads are made they need to be baked. Bake beads and pendants at 300 degrees for about an hour (turning once).

After the beads have been baked and cooled they are ready to paint. (We used acrylic paint.)

Once the paint has dried, give the beads a coat of clear spray paint.

Use a yarn needle to thread the beads onto crochet thread (what we used), embroidery floss or yarn. Placing a clip on the end will keep the beads from slipping off the end while stringing.

Carefully thread the beads onto the thread. We used this opportunity to talk about pattern and symmetry.

Place necklace around neck and tie in the back. Now you have some bling for spring too!

Find more St. Patrick’s Day ideas here!


Published March 11, 2010. Last updated March 9, 2018.
About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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  • B

    March 11, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Love it! Will try it with the girls this weekend.

  • Whitney

    March 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

    That is so fun! I am going to have with that next week during spring break!

  • Anonymous

    March 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    How cute! Love the craft!

  • Joan Dykes

    March 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe, can I make this ahead of time and keep in fridge so this can be ready for when my grandaughters come visit. If so, how long can it keep.thanks again, joanie


    March 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

    That is soooo cute. I have 4 girls and they would love to make these. Thanks for sharing.

  • jules p

    March 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I am visiting from “skip to my lou”…and i am glad I did. These little necklaces are so cute. And the ones wearing them are adorable!
    Neat project too!

  • Sherry Clark

    March 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

    To Joan: The dough will keep for several weeks in a refrigerator. Put it in a plastic bag. Little spots of mold will appear when it is going bad. I just pinch the bad spots off and keep using it.

  • Dawn Disney

    March 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    What a fabulously fun idea. I can’t wait to give it a try! Thank you

  • Sylvia Harrington

    March 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I’m going to make these with my kids. I remember doing something similar with salt dough as a kid. It brings back nice memories! And how simple is the salt dough recipe?! L.O.V.E. I.T. Thank you….

  • Patricia

    March 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    This is a great project! I love the pics too!

  • Helena

    March 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Adorable!!! I am filing this one away for future use 🙂

  • Sheila

    March 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Adorable! If only I had a daughter. 🙂

  • wic

    March 12, 2010 at 1:53 am

    we do this all the time. we make presents for the grandmothers. make ornaments and just fun things to paint.
    love the pictures and thee colorful result.
    greetings from Germany

  • Kara

    March 13, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Oh, wow! These look like pure fun to make and to wear! 🙂

  • Stephanie

    March 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for the awesome idea. 🙂