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Valentine's Day Craft for Kids: Beaded Stretch Bracelet

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Within the last two weeks, we've received a generous amount of snow throughout Central Kentucky. Many schools canceled classes due to inclement road conditions, and most of us forgot what grass looks like. Most of us are still limiting our travel, and crafting is definitely a cozy way to spend a cold afternoon in February. This bracelet tutorial is a great way to keep the kids occupied, and they will enjoy making Valentine's Day gifts for their friends. The bracelet is simple to make, and requires very few materials.

For this project, you will need:

  • Stretch Magic
  • Red, pink, and white faux round pearl bead assortment (preferably 10mm size beads.)
  • Plastic silver colored round spacer beads (preferably 5mm or 6mm in size.)
  • Plastic alphabet beads, especially the letters I, U, and a heart bead.
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Wrap the Stretch Magic around your wrist to measure out how much elastic cord you will need. Add in an extra two inches to tie off the bracelet.
  2. Cut off the amount of Stretch Magic you will need from the spool.
  3. Tie a knot one inch from the end of the Stretch Magic. This will prevent your beads from falling off the elastic cord.
  4. Begin adding your beads, starting with a plastic silver spacer. Create a pattern with the spacers and the faux colored pearls until you have added beads to about one third of the desired length of the bracelet. At this point you will have about six spacer beads and five faux pearl beads added to the Stretch Magic. The number of beads really depends on the size of the bracelet.
  5. After about the sixth spacer bead, add an alphabet bead with the letter "I." Add another spacer bead after the alphabet bead.
  6. If you have an alphabet bead, or a heart shaped bead, add it after the spacer bead, and then add another spacer bead directly after the heart bead.
  7. Next, add an alphabet bead with the letter "U." Follow the alphabet bead with another round spacer bead.
  8. Continue with your pearl and spacer pattern until you reach the desired length of the bracelet. Ideally, you want the "I love you" sentiment in the middle of the bracelet.
  9. Tie a knot after the last bead at the end of the bracelet. You want the last bead of the bracelet to be one of the faux pearls so the pattern is continuous.
  10. Tie the two ends of the Stretch Magic together so that the bracelet is snug, hiding the knot in the Stretch Magic as much as possible. Be careful not to tie the bracelet too tight, otherwise the bracelet might pop apart with much stretching. The bracelet should be able to stretch on and off the wrist comfortably.
  11. Trim off any excess Stretch Magic.

Your bracelet is now ready to wear, or to give as a gift!

Tips:

Make sure to use plastic beads, or other lightweight jewelry mediums, as the Stretch Magic may not be able to support heavier gemstone or glass beads.

You can also personalize your Stretch Magic bracelet with the alphabet beads with your own name or a friend's name. Switching up your patterns and designs makes for endless possibilities!

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