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.
Who is Nanea Mitchell?
Nanea Mitchell is a Hawaiian girl growing up on the island of Oahu in 1941. BeForever Dolls always tend to do such a great job of introducing historically significant moments in their stories. Nanea’s story explores what life was like leading up to and after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. It explores the United States entry into World War II. Not only does it shed light on a significant time in America’s history, but it also celebrates courage, patriotism, and the unique aloha spirit of the Hawaiian people. As they always do, American Girl encourages girls by showing them a story of how even one girl can make a meaningful difference in the face of scariness and change.
It is important to us that our kids have dolls and toys that don’t exclusively look like them. It is even more important to us that when a doll is representative of a different culture, that it is represented authentically and respectfully. To help ensure the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Nanea’s story and products, American Girl worked closely with an advisory board who provided their expertise in Hawaiian culture, language, and history to inform all aspects of Nanea’s development – including the doll, books, outfits, and accessories.
I hope that you loved this simple American Girl Doll inspired craft! We plan on sharing more in the future. If you make this craft, we hope you will share it on our Highlights Along the Way Facebook Page. Make sure to pin it for the future and share with an American Girl Doll fan who also loves to craft!
Thank you again to our friends at American Girl Doll for sending us Nanea to feature in this DIY necklace blog post! We will treasure her forever!