Learn how to make beaded bracelets that are easy enough for a child to make. With just a few beads and a length of elastic your kids will have fun
designing their own jewelry to match their outfits. There are no fiddly
clasps or jump rings to deal with. Just thread on the beads, tie a knot
and it's ready to go.
In my experience the girls tend to go for bright or pastel colors. Boys often prefer dark colors or wooden beads.
Both girls and boys seem to like silver or gold plated beads.
There are always exceptions though so provide lots of different types of beads so the kids can have fun finding out which ones they prefer.
If you don't have any suitable beads you can use pasta shapes.
Macaroni makes great beads and can be painted different colors.
Take care not to get the pasta too wet or it will go soggy.
You can also use buttons or cut up plastic drinking straws into beads.
Thread on your first bead and tie a loose knot to secure it.
Continue adding the rest of the beads.
Make sure you leave enough thread to secure the ends.
Trim the elastic and your bracelet is finished.
You can make your own beads for this project. We have tutorials on how to make beads from drinking straws, polymer clay, paper, pasta and salt dough.
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