What better way to remember an awesome summer camp or family camp trip than with a camp necklace!
I absolutely love doing camp crafts because not only is it fun for the kids, but if you have younger ones (my oldest is in preschool) then it’s something to sort of keep both of you occupied during that afternoon lull!
These camp necklaces can be used just for fun with your kiddo (I know mine would definitely be the “s’more master” or “fire king”!) or you could use them as sorts of “medals” at summer camp!
If you love campy craft, don’t forget to check out this massive round up of the 53+ Best Camping Crafts the kids will love!
Every summer when I was a child, we would play a kid version of “Survivor” (except you voted for the person you liked the most instead of who you wanted to leave!) and it was really fun having that game aspect to our yearly beach vacation. We would win some cash and a small little
I made these with that in mind – something fun, camp related to make (or win) to remember your camp trip!
Anyways, here’s how to make these cute DIY summer camp necklaces!
- Sculpty Clay (or any other oven bake clay)
- Tempera Paint (others might work, but this kind seemed to "stick" to the clay well)
- Pony beads
- Twine or other material for necklace
- Very thin wire
- Needle nose pliers (not neccessary, but very helpful for dealing with wire edges!)
- Make the shapes of the items with the clay. Score the clay with a knife for any additional details you want, IE wood grain, mountaintops, tent flap etc. Make sure it's 1/4" or less thick so that it will bake well in the oven!
- Poke a small hole near the top of the clay item. It doesn't have to be big enough for your string, just big enough for very thin wire!
- Get a baking sheet and put your items on it - cooking times will vary, but my brand of clay said to bake for about 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, remove your clay camping item from the oven and let cool and paint!
- Cut a small piece of wire and make a secure loop through the hole of the clay camp item. This will help your camp pendant necklace to lay flat, and it's WAY easier to thread that through than a string!
- Cut a piece of string/twine long enough to fit around your child's head and thread it through the wire loop you just made
- Add pony beads as desired, tie and enjoy!
Do you have a summer camp craft favorite?
I never did summer camp growing up (I grew up in the desert, and it was 120 F outside sometimes… staying inside sounded realllly good!) but I AM super excited to make these with my kiddos this camp season!
I love how each necklace can reflect the personality of each kid. I bet all 3 of my kids could proudly wear the s’more one, but my son is getting really good at hiking, and has ALWAYS loved helping with the fire…
So who knows, maybe he’ll have a necklace with all of these camping activities!
P.S. Here are some other camping crafts you’ll love!
- This cute campfire
hand printthat’s easy and has a free printable template!
- These 55+ camping themed crafts for every occasion!
- A “rip and stick” glowing BEAR lantern craft that’s magical and oh so fun (what kid doesn’t love tearing stuff up?)
- A fun camp themed cootie catcher that inspires creativity and teamwork!
- Give your kids their very own camping journal to document each camp trip in!
- Camping Queen or King Crown Craft – Awesome for the birthday kid at a camp themed party or to reward the best camper!
- This pack of free winter outdoor nature hunts for kids – there’s a type for neighborhoods AND forests!
- These 13 awesome camping books for kids that will really get the camping vibe going!
- Camping BINGO and some fun camping scavenger hunts to really bust boredom at camp!
- Starry night campfire craft made with popsicle sticks and paper!
- Tons of ways to make yummy s’mores (HINT: You DON’T need a campfire or even any open flame!)