Home Care Services in Noblesville, IN: Making Homemade Clay Beads

As a home care service provider you are always on the lookout for activities to do at home with your elderly loved one. Making homemade clay beads is a unique activity that would be fun for either males or females. The clay can be made, the beads formed and baked, and then they can be painted and strung on strings.

It’s as simple as that, and here’s how you get started:

Materials you need:

A mixing bowl

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 cups water

Food coloring


Baking tray


Home Care Services in Noblesville, INMethod:

Using a small bowl, combine the flour, food coloring, salt and then the water. Knead the dough for approximately 15 minutes. Take a small amount of the mixture and shape it into a bead of any size you like. Using the skewer, punch a hole through the bead and then place it on a baking tray. Form all the clay into beads and then bake them in an oven at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 2 or 3 hours, checking and turning regularly. When completely dry and cooled off, the beads may be painted.

For best results, use acrylic paints. These can be purchased very inexpensively at a dollar store in the craft section.

Once dried, the painted beads can be strung onto string or jewelry thread and made into jewelry. This activity provides several days of something to do. Your loved one can wear and show off her necklace to friends and relatives, or she can make it and give it to someone else.

There are other ways to make beads at home which could be equally fun. One method involves using recycled newspaper. You can simply go online and find out how to make these pretty little balls from discarded newspaper. Some of the best crafts are made from free materials and cost almost nothing!

Another source for great little homemade beads is seeds! Yes, seeds make great beads. They can be washed, dried off and then left to dry out before painting. Large pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds in the shell, cucumber seeds, round slices of okra, dried cranberries and many types of flower seeds make good beads. Make sure they’re not too fragile because you need to be able to drill or poke a hole through them for stringing, and you don’t want them to fall apart after they are strung and ready for wearing.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care services in Noblesville, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.

About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.