DIY Week

Some people wear their passions on their sleeve. That's laudable, but not especially cute. You love breakfast with all your heart, so why not wear it around your neck, close to your heart? You may have made an edible friendship bracelet with cereal when you were a kid, but you're a grownup now. Play for keeps by sealing the individual pieces of cereal with acrylic, and upgrading the jewelry supplies to make a cereal necklace that will stand the test of time—just like your obsession with your morning bowl of sugary cereal.

Note: While we used Froot Loops for our necklaces, there's no reason you couldn't play around with Cheerios, Alpha-Bits, Lucky Charms, and Chex—just get your Kix however makes you smile.

Loop Cereal Necklace

Materials Needed

Directions

  1. Determine the amount of cord you will need by measuring it around your neck loosely, and adding several inches. (The cereal will add bulk.) Grab a handful of cereal and thread it onto the cord, the hold loosely around your neck to determine how many pieces you will need. The cereal should fit snugly all the way around your neck with no or minimal gaps between.

  2. Remove the cereal from the cord and place it on a flat, foil-covered surface. (A cookie sheet works well.) Using a brush, coat the cereal with a thin layer of Mod Podge on both sides and let it dry for up to 12 hours, making sure that pieces are not touching. When the first coat has dried, add a second and let that dry as well.

  3. String the cereal on the cord randomly, or in patterns. We followed the colors of the rainbow, but feel free to create sequences of your favorite colors for a slightly grownup touch. Pull the ends of the cord around your neck and pinch the at the point where the ends meet comfortably. Knot together and trim the ends closely to the knot. Add a dab of Mod Podge to keep them from fraying, and let dry.

Beaded Cereal Necklace

Materials Needed

Directions

  1. Select a sequence of beads and cereal you find attractive. We went with a combo of metallic tubes, alphabet beads, and cereal, but you do you.

  2. Place the selected cereal on a flat, foil-covered surface. (A cookie sheet works well.) Using a brush, coat the cereal with a thin layer of Mod Podge on both sides and let it dry for up to 12 hours, making sure that pieces are not touching. When the first coat has dried, add a second and let that dry as well.

  3. Cut the beading wire to the desired length of your necklace, and fasten one end of the wire to the closure, and slip the other end through the beading needle. Thread the beads and cereal onto the wire, then fasten the free end to the other side of the closure, tucking or wrapping any exposed ends.