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Jewelry-making classes for NYC kids

Design your own bling at five local craft studios.

  • Kids show off their beads at Make Meaning.

  • Make Meaning jewelry making class

  • Make Meaning jewelry making class

  • Brooklyn Charm

  • Pendant worn by Edith Bouvier Beale

  • Forbes Gallery's exhibition "The Vintage Woman: A Century of Costume Jewelry in American 1910-2010"

  • Gems from the American Museum of Natural History

Kids show off their beads at Make Meaning.

Whether your kid is a first-time beader or on her gazillionth project, these local jewelry-making spots allow nascent Harry Winstons to be creative—and walk away with one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers for family and friends.

Brooklyn Bead Box
The cozy Carroll Gardens space has everything from alphabet beads with easy-to-string, oversize holes to sophisticated semiprecious stones. Kids ages six and up and their parents can enroll in a beading workshop. Once they're ready to work on their own, youngsters can take an intermediate course that guides them through the process of making their first necklace or bracelet. 244 Smith St at Douglass St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (866-504-2702, brooklynbeadbox.com). From $25 per session, not including beads.

Brooklyn Charm
Children love perusing the spools of chain and trays full of vintage animal pendants, colorful Swarovski crystals and plastic beads at jewelry maker Tracie Howarth's hip Williamsburg boutique. Beginner classes for kids introduce projects like bead stringing ($50). 145 Bedford Ave at North 9th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-689-2492, brooklyncharmshop.com)

Little Shop of Crafts
This creativity hive charges by the piece rather than by the bead or hour—a good deal for little ones who often need extra time to finish their masterpieces. After your tyke selects a project ($13--$26) and chooses from a rainbow of grade-schooler-friendly beads and charms, she can have a seat at one of the tables and string it all together. If hunger strikes mid-project, the Upper West Side location boasts its own snack spot, Caffe Mocias. *431 E 73rd St between First and York Aves (212-717-6636, littleshopny.com). *711 Amsterdam Ave at 94th St (212-531-2723, littleshopny.com)

Make Meaning
Perfect for first-time bauble creators, the three-level Upper West Side newcomer offers tons of tools-free projects; we're fans of the easy-to-string Hoopla wire necklaces. A yearly membership ($36 per person or $149 for a family of five) is the best deal, but nonregulars can buy a Creativity Day Pass for $12. 329 Columbus Ave between 75th and 76th Sts (212-362-0350, makemeaning.com)

In the party room located at the back of this accessories boutique, FIT students teach tweens and teens how to make crystal rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces at afternoon and weekend jewelry classes. 1418 Second Ave at 74th St (212-717-8336). From $30 per session, including materials.

What's your vision?

Price is no object when kids are just shopping for inspiration.

American Museum of Natural History
Children's jaws will drop at the sight of the oversize sparklers in the Hall of Gems. Of particular note are the Star of India, the largest star sapphire in the world, and the 632-carat, uncut Patricia Emerald.

Fifth Avenue shops
The fancy jewels in the windows of the venerable Tiffany & Co. (Fifth Ave at 57th St, 212-755-8000) and Cartier (653 Fifth Ave at 52nd St, 212-446-3400) are sure to elicit oohs and aahs.

at the Museum of the City of New York
The elaborate bijoux of legendary NYC women—including fashionistas like Jackie Onassis and Isadora Duncan—are on display. Be sure to check out the diamond, platinum and pearl pendant necklace, left, once worn by Edith Bouvier Beale (a.k.a. Grey Gardens' Little Edie). Through Jan 2.

"The Vintage Woman: A Century of Costume Jewelry in America 1910--1920" at Forbes Galleries
Tweens can scope out faux jewels from legendary designers Elsa Schiaparelli, Joseff of Hollywood and Coco Chanel. Through Jan 22.

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