The newest addition to my daughter’s American Girl Doll Collection is Nanea. Nanea joined the beautiful BeForever collection in August of 2017. Nanea is such a great addition, and we have been inspired by her to craft. My daughter and I love to craft with her American Girl Dolls. We love to make skirts, clothing, accessories, and even furniture to display with her collection. Today we are sharing a DIY Nanea necklace that you or your crafty child can easily make at home.
Please check out the easy DIY Nanea Necklace instructions below.
Nanea’s necklace is actually quite simple to make. We actually made one for our daughter and she made several for her friends as gifts.
Supplies – you only need four things!
- Natural Shell Beads – pay close attention to size and also that they have a pre-drilled hole.
- Blue paint – water based
- Jewelry Chain – larger than average links.
- Clasp and jump ring (this can be purchased together)
This is such an easy project that you can easily make in less than an hour. Choose how many shells you would like in your necklace and set aside. We chose to use five shells because Nanea has five shells on her necklace.
The shells on Nanea’s necklace are white with blue dots. I do not plan on painting these shells a truer white, but adding the blue shells will really make it feel like Nanea’s necklace. To get a consistent blue dot, I use an old toll painting trick. We used the top of a toothpick to make the dots.You can also use the end of a thin paintbrush (not the brush end), dip it in the paint and it will make a consistent, round circle every time! Allow to dry, typically only 10 minutes or so.
Once the blue dots on the shells are completely dry, simply string your shells in the desired spots on your chain.
That is it! It really could not be any easier to make. These shell necklaces are seriously so simple and so sweet!
I have taken the liberty of providing a list of the Amazon products we used for our necklaces. We found our necklace chains at a local craft store, but we found that Amazon was the best for these items Everything is Prime eligible and worked perfectly. All of the following items are small bulk items. This is more than you will need for one necklace, but it would likely be nearly the same price to purchase just enough to make one. Making this necklace works out to a very economical choice when priced individually. I included a set of paints, you will only need the blue for this project, but the set is perfect and can be used for so many projects to come!
DIY Nanea necklaces would be a really fun craft for an American Girl Doll themed birthday party or Hawaiian themed birthday party. I am not one to typically give out goody bags with tons of items at birthday parties. I do love for our party guests to bring home a special keepsake. A craft they made is the best. These DIY Nanea necklaces would be a special souvenir of a fun, memory filled American Girl Doll themed birthday party.
These necklaces are also perfect for one child to make for several friends. We found this to be such a fun craft and a lovely gift for any girl who loves American Girl.
We made these necklaces quickly in one afternoon. It was a simple project that was not at all stressful. My daughter did not need a lot of instruction or help from me. I love that this necklace was not at all frustrating for kids to make, but came out so beautiful and almost professional looking. My daughter was so proud of her creation and so similar it looked to Nanea!
While plans are not yet finalized, we hope to take our sweet Nanea along for the adventure when we visit Hawaii later in 2018. Our family has never been to Oahu, but we hope to really soon! While this has been in the works for a while, we are even more in love with the idea now that we have read Nanea’s story and have enjoyed playing with her and learning through her. Our kids have read about and discussed the attack on Pearl Harbor before we welcomed Nanea into our home, but she has brought renewed interest in learning even more about that time.