Every once in a while, I like to walk through the craft store to see if anything spark my creativity and gives me ideas for crafts for the kids. The other day, I went through the bead and jewelry section, and all of the colors, shapes and pretty pieces made me think about the fun Peyton would have making and wearing her own bracelet.
I grabbed a few sets of beads and then stumbled upon letter beads, and which led to thoughts of candy Valentine’s hearts (you know, the ones with the phrases)! That’s when it came to me – Valentine’s friendship bracelets!
These bracelets take me back to my childhood when jewelry kits were all the rage. Hello 90s! To me, crafts like this will never go out of style. It’s a great activity to use to talk about colors, shapes and letters and if your child is old enough, you can use it to help develop fine motor skills by putting the bead through the thread. This time around, I didn’t buy thick enough stretchy thread for my daughter to be able to thread it herself, but she did a wonderful job picking out letters and making patterns with me.
Here’s what we used:
- Variety of beads
- Elastic stretch bead cord
And making them was super simple. We measured a piece of cord, placed the beads on the cord to make the patterns we liked, knotted the ends a couple of times and finished the bracelet off with a double knot.
They turned out to be really cute and we liked having fun with the sayings. The tacos bracelet is my personal favorite. If you end up making these with your little valentines, don’t forget to tag #marinamakesdiy. Happy Valentine’s Day crafting! P.S. – how cute is my little hand model?!