Have you ever heard of Menko? I hadn’t either until I picked a package of cards up at Daiso (the Japanese dollar store!). Menko is a card game that is supposedly easy to play although I haven’t quite figured it out yet. That’s okay, though, because I wanted to make stuff with these amazing cards! I can think of a bunch of cool applications for these. At last weekend’s Handmade Nation weekend, I had some of the most brilliant crafty minds around thinking about what we could do with the cards.
For my project today, I punched two small holes in one small round card and made it into a pendant with some random jewelry-making stuff I have. The wooden beads are from the dollar store, and I recycled the white chain from another necklace I had.
- Package of Menko cards, $1.50 (Everything’s $1.50 at the Japanese dollar store!)
- Random jewelry making supplies, on hand
- Craft punch, on hand
Total cost: About $1 for one necklace, including supplies
I still haven’t told you about my trip to Daiso in Seattle! I got so much cool stuff, and I totally never posted about it here at Dollar Store Crafts. You can check my Flickr stream for pictures of what I got, though. So far I haven’t done much crafting with the things I got, but since I pledged to try to Make Something Cool Everyday with stuff from my dollar store stash, I have been looking at my goodies and trying to determine what to make!
That’s so perfect! I’m so impressed by how sturdy those cards are. I can’t wait to see what else you’ll make with them!
Very unique and inventive. I didn’t even know what a Menko card was!
i’ve never seen those before, and i’m a total daiso addict! hmmm, maybe i’ll go look for them (any excuse to go to daiso!!) the necklace looks awesome, i love the combination of chains.
i’m also super jealous that the US stores are only $1.50. everything’s $2 here, and we’re the north american flagship store! (2 fabulously huge levels of daiso goodness!)
I’ve never hears of Menko but I *love* that pendant. I would rock that all over town! Great project, I’ll be linking.
Okay, so apparently we need to place an order for $20 worth of random awesomeness from the Diaso! I love it! :D