In my crafting life, I get to spend time with so many amazing creative kids. How lucky am I? Last week I was taking pictures with some of my favorite kiddos, and we made a play date to craft together. And then I got a call that there would be even more friends there…yah! When crafting, the more the merrier! This DIY chunky bracelet is what we made together. Everyone had a great time and went home with their own personalized bling.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Washi tape (assorted)
- Pony beads (assorted)
- Pipe cleaner
- Hole punch
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Step 1: Prep the Chunky Beads
- Cut a paper plate in half
- Place washi tape in the center of the half plate on both sides
- There is no right way to do this…you can use the same color of tape or mix it up. Make straight lines or criss cross in random patterns. Just be you and make it your own!
- If you want more beads with different patterns, cut another plate in half and prep for more paper beads.
Step 2: Make the Chunky Beads
- Cut basic shapes out of the washi colored paper plates. You can make them whatever shape you want. And the size should be about 1″. You can make them a little smaller. Just be sure to make them big enough to put a hole in the middle.
- Use the hole punch to put a hole in middle of each paper bead.
Step 3: Put it Together
- Pick out a pipe cleaner in the color of your choice and put a small loop in one end, twisting to secure.
- Lace on 4-5 pony beads in whatever colors you choose.
- Then slide one of your paper beads onto the bracelet.
- Repeat this process about 4-5 times until it is the length that you would like. Some of my friends made theirs a little longer so that it could be an anklet instead of a bracelet.
- Once it is as long as you want, slide the straight end of the pipe cleaner into the looped end. Then create another loop and twist it to secure.
- To avoid getting poked by the ends of the pipe cleaner, slide a pony bead over the twisted end for protection.
*Lacing beads is such an amazing way to work on fine motor skills.