Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Birthday Party Bracelets

We had a small birthday party last week. The emphasis was on small. Each of my girls was allowed to invite 3, and only 3, friends! You have to understand, I am not a fan of birthday parties at all. This was a big thing for me to give in to this. Once I said yes, though, we needed some fun things to do at the party.

These bracelets and their variants have been floating around for a long time. I used FamilyFun as my source this time. Theirs were water bracelets but I stuck with something even easier!

1/4 inch outside diameter vinyl tubing (Lowe's)
3/8 inch outside diameter vinyl tubing (Lowe's)
hot glue gun
tiny beads or other decorations to fill bracelet (JoAnn's)

Step 1: Cut your 1/4 inch vinyl tubing to the appropriate length to wrap around the wrist plus a little more.

Step 2: Squirt a small amount of hot glue into the end to plug it and seal it off so nothing will fall out.

Step 3: Fill bracelet with tiny beads or other decorations. These will have to be pretty tiny since the opening is less than 1/4 inch. We found it easiest to mix our bead colors in a sandwich bag and then scoop them into the tubing while it was in the bag.

Step 4: Squirt hot glue into the other end to seal off the tube and prevent decorations from coming out. I used low melt because the first thing that happens is the air pushes the center of the glue right back out again. I waited a couple of seconds for it to cool and then just wiped it off and squirted some more glue right down the center. It worked like a charm. I think hot melt glue would have burned my fingers.

Step 5: Cut the 3/8 inch vinyl tubing into inch long pieces. Insert the ends of the bracelet length into the 3/8 inch tube so it acts like a connector piece.

And, it is done! This was really fun for 8 and 9 year old girls. It was quick, but a little tricky to get the beads into the tubes even for girls this age. It might be better to use slightly larger tubes; just be sure the connector piece makes a snug fit with the bracelet piece. I think younger children would love this activity--just use really thick tubing.

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6 comments:,  said... April 22, 2010 at 12:10 AM  

Oh, you're right, this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I've posted a link already.

Nancy,  said... April 22, 2010 at 12:10 AM  

What a great idea! I bet they loved making their own bracelets.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses,  said... April 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

So cute ... we've made those where you've filled them with water and beads and that's fun too. The beads float inside.

Martha,  said... April 25, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

my GS troop is going to do this this summer but water and glitter.

i got some kits at Michael's that you are suppose to use sand with. but the tubes are cut and have connectors already. they were on clearance. so it worked out.

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