Kids DIY: Morse Code Necklace

Camp Classic Play!

by , posted on July 10th, 2012 in Arts & Crafts, Kids DIY




Last year I fell in love with a line of jewelry called Coatt. It’s beautiful, delicate and each necklace contains a message in morse code. I went on and on about how much I loved them so my husband Dave bought me one for Christmas. It’s a prized possession.

I thought for today’s Camp Classic Play, it’d be fun to have the kids make their own morse code necklaces (as the real thing is a tad sophisticated for my guys) so they could wear their own secret code out in the world. This is best geared towards middle elementary grades or higher. If you want to do it with a younger child, try sculpting the clay yourself and having your child string the beads. Or you can try using pasta or cut dots and dashes out of felt or paper, then string them.

For older kids, it’s a great activity in making, crafting and learning about the history of morse code.

You’ll need:
Morse Code Alphabet
Oven bake clay (we used Sculpey brand)
cutting tool for clay
toothpicks
string, jewelry cord, or thin ribbon.

     

     

Step 1
Chose a word and write it down in morse code.

Step 2
Sculpt small pieces of clay into dashes and dots (beads).

Step 3
Use a toothpick to poke a hole into the beads.

Step 4
Place beads on toothpicks and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

     

     

Step 5
Once beads cool, remove them from toothpicks and string them on jewelry cord or string.

Step 6
Tie and wear!


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11 Responses to “Kids DIY: Morse Code Necklace”

  1. kristin Says:

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    so cool! my daughter [and i] will love this :)

  2. Jennifer Says:

    July 10th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Great idea!!

  3. wendy Says:

    July 10th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    love love – so what do they say?

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Hers says cool. His says love.

  4. Molly Says:

    July 10th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I have a Coatt necklace too, which I bought at Renegade Brooklyn this year. It says, “Kiss me.” (!)

    This is a great craft project.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Molly! We should wear our necklaces together and be super cool like that.

  5. wendy Says:

    July 11th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    your kids are so awesome Jennifer!

  6. Beki Coagan Says:

    July 14th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Jennifer,
    These look great!
    I’m so glad you love your necklace, so sweet to hear!
    xoxo,
    Beki

  7. Patti Says:

    January 6th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Thanks this is a great way for my GS Troop earn the Junior Detective badge and a clever way to learn and use morse code. We will be having a mystery campout and already using oven bake clay to make finger print pendants and may do this with clay if time permits or use plastic beads and cut straws to save time.

  8. Joe Wood Says:

    February 14th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This is so cool. I’ll definitely do it with my kids. I also put a link on the website section because I found a guide that teaches kids about Morse Code. I thought it might come in handy for anyone wanting to do one of these necklaces while teaching their kids.

    Joe Wood Reply:

    Oops. I guess the link didn’t show. Here it is:

    http://www.techwholesale.com/morse-code-radios-kids.html


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