Families Create!

Are you looking for a family-friendly, free local art event? MacRostie Art Center (MAC) has something for you. Every second Saturday of the month, MAC hosts an event called Families Create! Second Saturday. During this event, families can join in on unique kid-friendly art activities with no registration, fees, or materials required. Each month has a new theme.

The theme for our February class is jewelry and key chain-making with local artist Lily Winter! This interactive lesson will engage families in the artistic process of using beads, paint, silver, copper and many more different materials to make earrings, necklaces, pins, key chains, bracelets and more. MacRostie Art Center will provide the studio, materials and instruction from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Families are invited to join at any time during the class.

In order to learn how to make the jewelry and key chain items out of fancy materials like those listed above, you will have to join our free class on Saturday. However, if you cannot make it to the class and would still like to make similar crafts with your family at home, instructions have been included below for the following craft: Popsicle stick pendants!

For both crafts, you will need:

At least 1 popsicle stick

Coloring materials (feel free to use any of the following): Markers, crayons, colored pencils, or craft paint

Colored paper and glue

Washi or patterned tape

Colored string and glue

For bracelets, you will need:

An adult to help you boil a pot of water

1 empty glass

For bookmarks and/or keychains, you will need:

1 Phillips head screwdriver, and an adult to help you bore a hole in the top of your key chain

1 Split key ring


Gather your materials and make a clear space where you can create. If you are working indoors, you can use this newspaper as a placemat to protect your table or floor!

Get out your popsicle sticks and ask an adult to help you with one of the following crafts:

Let’s make a bracelet! Steps:

Ask an adult to help you boil a pot of water  - 1 cup per popsicle stick added

Place popsicle stick(s) in boiling water, cover, stir periodically for 15 - 30 minutes

Ask the adult to use tongs to retrieve the softened popsicle stick(s) from the pot. Pat dry and place into a glass, bending the popsicle stick(s) to the desired size. Leave stick(s) in the glass until dry (30 minutes or more).

Let’s make a keychain or bookmark! Steps:

Ask an adult to help you use the screwdriver to bore a small hole in the top of your stick

For a keychain, ask the adult to help you attach the split key ring. For a bookmark, you can thread colorful string or ribbon to help you mark your page.

Remember to say “thank you!”

Get out your coloring materials and design your pendant however you see fit!

For more tips and tricks, check out these tutorials:

Bracelets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbVLWyvSJxk

Key chains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvUJZMJu1TQ

The February Families Create! Second Saturday class will feature a more intensive project involving beads and jewelry-making with local artist Lily Winter. This class is open to all families with children ages four and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. MacRostie Art Center’s event is sponsored by Children First! and the Blandin Foundation.  


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