My daughter’s Kara’s first grade Christmas concert was last night. Right before I picked her up from school, I decided it would be fun to make some jingle bell bracelets to give her a little extra holiday spirit. We went straight from school to Joann Fabrics and Crafts with my son to buy the supplies we needed for the bracelets. Kara wanted two bracelets and of course my son Colin wanted one too. I had about 20 minutes to make the bracelets when we got home before we had to leave for the concert. I finished the 3 bracelets just in time to head out the door! This project is not only easy but quick too!
- Stretch Magic bead and jewelry cord (1 mm size)
- jingle bells (0.375 inch size) – I used about 100 jingle bells for 3 bracelets for 4 and 6 year old wrists
- Scotch tape
I wrapped the cord around Kara’s wrist to measure how much cord I needed for the bracelet. I added about 4 inches of extra cord (for tying off later) and cut it off the roll. I pre-stretched the cord as directed on the back of the packaging.
Next, I taped one end of the cord to my table with tape. I found that it was good to leave about 2 inches on the end of the cord so that I didn’t have the adjust the jingle bells for tying. I added jingle bells one by one and the jingle bells naturally formed into two rows.
When it looked like I might have enough jingle bells, I draped it on Kara’s wrist to check. Remember to leave a little wiggle room. I made one bracelet looser than the other and the looser one is the one that Kara prefers. Once I had enough bells, I tied the ends as directed on the back of the packaging by making 3 knots. I made sure to pull each knot tight before moving onto the next.
The cord directions only say to knot the cord 3 times. I had visions of Kara’s bracelet unraveling in the middle of the concert so I tied it to one prong of the closest jingle bell and knotted the cord another 3 times after that. Finally, I cut off the excess cord.
Kara was all set to rock and jingle during her concert. She told me she thought they were so fun to wear!