Number Necklace

Make a delightful big bead necklace that's perfect for practicing counting and colors.
Number Necklace craft


  • Large plastic or wooden beads
  • String
  • Drinking straws
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Sorting container (palette, muffin tins
    or small bowls)

Safety Tips

  • Kids 8 years and younger should use child-safe scissors.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Number Necklace 1. Sort beads by color and number (e.g. 1 purple bead, 2 pink beads, 3 green beads, 4 blue beads and 5 red beads).

*This step is a good exercise for color recognition and counting, so give children ample time to sort and explore.
Step 2 Number Necklace 2. Cut a piece of string long enough to be worn as a necklace. Make a knot on one end. Cut drinking straws into 1-inch long pieces and string about five of these to start off your necklace.

*If you have enough large beads, you may actually go without adding these drinking straws pieces and have an all-bead necklace.
Step 3 Number Necklace 3. String the beads by number in ascending order. Start out by stringing 1 purple bead, next add 2 pink beads, then 3 green beads, and so on, until you have strung all the beads.
Step 4 Number Necklace 4. String five drinking straws after the last bead. Make a knot after the last piece of drinking straw and trim off the excess string.
Step 5 Number Necklace 5. If you want to add colorful number charms, you can do Step 5 to 7, otherwise you may finish up by going straight to Step 8.

To add colorful number charms, cut the numbers 1 to 5 from craft foam or paper. You can also use ready-made craft foam numbers if you have them.
Step 6 Number Necklace Ask for an adult's help.6. Cut pipe cleaner into five 1-inch long pieces. Use each pipe cleaner to make a link at the top of each number.
Step 7 Number Necklace 7. Secure each number charm onto the necklace by clasping the pipe cleaner onto the corresponding area of the string. Put the number "1" beside the single purple bead, the number "2" between the two pink beads, the number "3" between the three green beads, and so on.
Step 8 Number Necklace 8. After all the number charms are in place, try on your colorful number necklace.

Tie the ends of the string as you wear the necklace.