Self-Identity Chandelier


This is my current identity panel.   I love it!


I found this really great screen door at a local antique mall.


I like to set up the Bead & Wire Center with a mat at each spot.  I prepare the wires by placing a bead at the end of the wire (see photo below).  I place one at each spot.  It is like an invitation.  I  found a great wooden turntable for the beads.


I love the beauty of the beads waiting to be used.


I poked the children’s self-portrait on to the wire.  Next, each child filled their wire with beads.


Each child had the freedom to add a many or few beads as they wished.  Bead & Wire is a great fine motor activity.


Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the self-portrait process.  The children drew their self-portraits with pencils.  We traced the drawings with a sharpie.   Then, the self-portraits were mounted on black paper. (Finished size is about 5″ x 5″).


I attached each self-portrait to the screen by sticking the wire through the screen and securing it with another bead.


It looks so gorgeous!

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  1. Debbie Grace says:

    I love it! The children in my family child care home made a stick, wire and bead mobile in September that has been the basis for hanging Halloween icons and Thanksgiving turkeys. It’s getting a little tired looking and has lost its shape weeks ago, so this will be a perfect reuse of the wire and beads! Making it as soon as the kids come on Monday!

  2. Lauren Watts says:

    I love this! Integrating bead/wire with self-portraits?! Genius!!! Hope all is going well!

  3. Jennifer says:

    We often hang branches from the same type of ceiling to display artwork, but they don’t weigh much. How did you secure the screen door?

  4. Nicoleta says:

    What an interesting idea.

  5. Anna Wilson says:

    I am going to try the self portraits with pencil this time. Tried doing them with just black marker but many smeared. Tracing over with sharpie is genius!

    • Sally says:

      It is the only way to go!!

      • Rita Hardne says:

        So did you trace them with a sharpie, or did the kids do that part?

        • Sally says:

          The kids used the markers. Aren’t they great?

  6. HYUN RAN says:

    Great idea !!!!!!!

    I’m going to make it with my student.
    thank you !!!!!!

  7. Lisa Michael says:

    I Can Not Wait to Do This When School Starts!!! But I bought two old rose tresses that I’m going to beg the janitor to put up someway so my preschoolers can stand under it and look for their photo / drawing of themselves…. xxxxoooo Joy

    • Sam Earle says:

      An additional great possibility!

  8. Sheila Flis says:

    I love the idea of the screen door. I am going to be on the hunt for one. The only comment I would make is that they look a bit high for the students to look at them. I know there is also the issue of fire safety with things hanging from the ceiling but I believe if it is in a corner or close to a wall it is OK. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas. My teaching partner and I always refer to our addition of nature items as “Reggio-ing it up”

    • Sally says:

      The room where this chandelier resided in was extremely limited in space and actually had a lower ceiling. It was a very limited space will built ins or windows covering all the walls. The screen door worked well within the confinements.

      And we did have input from a fire department about the percentages and locations of what we hung. Very important. I love your “Reggio-ing it up!” Yes!!!

      • Sheila Flis says:

        I found an AWESOME screen to hang up in our room. It is already painted light blue rustic and it has chicken wire in the middle so it will be easy to attach items. I found it at an antique shop and was so excited. I’ll send you a pic when we get it set up. Thanks so much for the idea.

        • Sally says:

          Excited to see it!

  9. Laurel says:

    I love the screen door idea! I think I will add lights to mine too :-).

  10. It s really interesting to make children do the beading in the wire… Once they come to know it s for their own string
    To exhibit self portrait I can’t wait to see the exitement in their face as to when they wud be put up!!!! Awesome idea:)

  11. Joyce Trigger says:

    Thank you for the lovely photos of the children at work! We are planning our self-identity panels next week for our fall classes. This is new to us and I am loving all the ideas you are presenting in these various ways.

    • Sally says:

      I am so glad you are enjoying the ideas! We’d love for you to share your ideas and creations!

  12. Belinda says:

    Do you have other ideas for displaying the self-portraits? I work in a school district and the screen door would be a no-go. I love your blogs.

    • Sally says:

      There are so many ways to display the portraits. I have hung jute rope like a clothesline, I have hung them on old shutters and window frames without glass. The sky is the limit with it! Let me know how you display it, I love seeing other people’s ideas!


  1. Self-Identity Chandelier

    This is my current identity panel. I love it! I found this really great screen door at a local antique

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