Charm Bracelet

Funk up your wardrobe with a ‘must-have’ accessory

Skill Level

Advanced

Time to Make

1 hour 30 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Thread some clear round beads onto cocktail sticks - you may need to wrap a little tape around the stick to hold them tight. Use glass pens to colour in the beads and then poke the end of the stick into a polystyrene shape to let dry. Once dry, add some dots of metallic paint.
  2. Lay the clear flat beads onto a piece of white paper and draw a simple design on each. When this is dry, colour in the background. Repeat on the other side of the bead.
  3. Cut two short pieces of narrow ribbon. Cut a 10cm piece of elastic and thread both ends through a flat bead to make a loop at one end. Pass the ribbon through the loop and pull the elastic tight so the ribbons get pulled into the end of the bead. Repeat for the other flat beads.
  4. Decide how your beads will be arranged on the bracelet. Cut a 30cm piece of elastic and fix a piece of tape 5cm from one end. Thread two round beads onto the elastic and then tie a flat bead next to them using the loose ends of the elastic. Carry on adding round and flat beads, weaving the ends of the elastic ties into the next beads along to neaten. Remove the tape once the bracelet is big enough and tie the two ends together.

Top Tip

You could get all your friends to design a bead and make several copies. Swap them all around with each other to make brilliant friendship bracelets.

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