Saturday, August 13, 2011

Craft Stick Bracelets Kids Craft #105

Craft Stick Bracelets Kids Craft #105
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 4 Years and Up    
Craft Stick Bracelets: Crafts for Kids
Use Alphabet Stickers To Personalize Your Bracelet!

Supplies Needed:
  • Craft Sticks - 1 for every bracelet you want to make plus several extra in case any snap!
  • Container long enough to hold the craft sticks
  • Water
  • Containers to shape the bracelets. Italian ice containers are about the right size you'll want to use.
  • Washable Poster Paint
  • White Glue That Dries Clear (will say so on the label)
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Washable Markers
Time Needed:  
  • 8-24 hrs to soak craft sticks
  • 4-24 hrs to form bracelets
  • painting & decorating: 30-45 minutes
What To Do:
  1. Put 6 (or more) craft sticks into a container partially filled with water.

  2. Make sure both sides get wet by pressing them down to the bottom

  3. Cover and let soak as long as you can stand it - 8-24 hrs should do it!

  4. ADULT: gently bend the bracelet to fit into a small container like an Italian ice cup or other small cup. If the sticks break right away they haven't soaked long enough!
    NOTE: If your container is too large the bracelets won't fit your child.

  5. Once the bracelets have dried completely remove them from the container.

  6. Paint each bracelet or use magic markers. If using paint, you can further decorate once the paint is completely dry.

  7. Decorate your bracelets with anything from stickers to glitter!

  8. Paint each finished bracelet with a coating of white glue that dries clear - check the label!

    My son calls this one "guitar" strings

  9. When completely dry wear and enjoy!
Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected. 
Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!  

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.
If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. For this project in particular, you may not want to even involve your child until the bracelets are ready to be painted. There is a lot of suspense and waiting from the time the sticks soak until they are ready for paint!

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project but may want to decorate their bracelets more elaborately.

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Wooden Stringing Beads Jewelry Set

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This conveniently-packaged, brightly-painted set has over 200 wood letters and beads. Eight long, brightly-colored cords are included to make necklaces and bracelets to keep or give as gifts.
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.   


Niki Hampton said...

Love it! I actually have some of the colored craft sticks on hand. My boys are skinny little things so I'll have to consider what to use to shape the bracelets. I will definitely be blogging about this project.

Deborah said...

I wonder if you can paint the bracelets before you bend them?

Nathalie C said...

I am going to make these this week! I a super excited I think my preschoolers will love this activity.

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