• large gum leaves
  • Penne pasta
  • pony beads
  • single hole punch
  • scissors
  • string

What to do:

  • Cut a length of string for a necklace.
  • Punch a hole near the top of each leaf.
  • Thread one leaf onto the string and tie it about two thirds of the way along.
  • Thread alternately, a piece of pasta and a leaf, or a bead and a leaf, or a combination of all three, until your leaves fill the middle third of the string.
  • Tie the end of the string together to make a necklace.


  • Paint dots on the leaves before threading them. However, you will need to let the paint dry before threading them.
  • Paint dots on afterwards. This will be more challenging for your toddler to handle, and could end up quite messy.
  • You can use large buttons instead of pony beads, or anything that has a hole large enough for your toddler to thread the string through.

Safety first: Avoid small items that young children might put in their mouths and accidentally swallow or inhale.

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