Lunch Bunch. . .Affirmations and a Self-Esteem Project

My 8th grade Lunch Bunch is all girls.  We have been working on self-esteem, and decided to have something to remind ourselves daily of how special we are.  Using washers, scrapbook paper, some mod podge and string, we made necklaces with our favorite affirmations.  This is a very easy, quick (except for drying time) and cheap project.  Basically I used all leftover scraps from other projects, except for the washers which came from my husband’s toolbox.

To make the necklaces, brush a little mod podge on a washer and adhere the scrapbook paper.  Next cut the paper with sissors the shape of the washer.  For the inside, we poke a hole with a pen and used the edge of the sissors to shear it off.  I did use a nail file to smooth out the edges and make it look a little neater.  The girls wrote their inspirational message and we coated the top with another layer of mod podge.  We did this project over the course of two meetings because of the drying time and at the second session we added string.

Favorite affirmations included:
Always Sparkle
Wear An Invisible Crown
Keep Smiling
U R Loved
Be True To Yourself
Live, Love, Laugh
This was a great project because the girls not only love their necklaces (they are wearig them everyday), but the discussion we had while making them was great.  I love how they all listened to each share why they picked the message they used and why it was so important for them to remember each day.  It was a great day of pick me ups and smiles. 
On the day we finished the project the girls talked about messages they wanted to share with other people for them to remember to have  good feeling about themselves.

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