Easy Jelly Bean Bracelets

Jelly Bean Bracelet_FeatureLooking for a great project to do with the kids that is pretty easy?  Jelly bean bracelets are perfect as a boredom buster project that the kids will absolutely love.  I do have to say that this was a super fun family project.  Plus, they make great gifts for kids to give to their friends for Easter.

Here’s What You Need:

Jelly Bean Bracelet_MaterialsStep 1: Cut the elastic cording to about 6″ in length. Keep it a little extra long since it’s much easier to trim it to length than to re-string the Jelly Beans.

Step 2: Tie a few knots in the bottom of the cording. Keep the knot an inch or so from the end. This will really help you to tie the bracelet off when you’re done. If you tie the knot right at the end and slide the jelly beans all the way to the knot, you will have a difficult time tying it off.

Step 3: Thread the cording through the needle.  With younger kids, you will probably have to assist them with this, but it’s great hand eye coordination practice for them.

Jelly Bean Bracelet_Jelly BeansStep 4: Thread the jelly bean through the needle and onto the cording.  My nine year old had no trouble with this part.  With my four year old, I would get the jelly bean onto the needle for her and then she would slide it down onto the cording.  The other thing that really helped us was to use a hard surface (like a tabletop) to help press the bottom of the needle into. You could use a thimble but we found this was just an easier way to slide the needle through the jelly beans. We also used a damp paper towel to periodically wipe the jelly bean guts off of the needle when it gunked up so it would slide through easier.

Step 5: Measure the bracelet on your child’s wrist.  Once it is long enough and you have enough jelly beans to wrap around, triple knot the bracelet and trim off the excess.

Jelly Bean Bracelet_Feature 2There you have it!  My kids absolutely LOVED making these bracelets.  It was a great afternoon activity.  Have fun making these!Jelly Bean Bracelet_Happy Kid



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  1. Tavette says

    Hey-hey………who says these bracelets have to be JUST for kids? 🙂 We kids come in all ages. Thanks for the hint about taking them off before washing your hands. I’m gonna make a few extra as I know others will want to wear them to the dinner tonight when they see how cute and colorful they are.

    Tavette – S. Florida

    • melanie says

      Hi Tavette!
      So true about these being for kids of ALL ages! I had just as much fun making these as my kids did. Hope you had fun making them and wearing them at dinner.

      Artzy Creations

    • melanie says

      Hi Dorothy,
      Thank you so much! The only issue we encountered with the jelly bean bracelets were when they got wet because my daughter washed her hands. These are more of a temporary bracelet to have some fun with and remember to have the kids take them off or eat them 🙂 before they wash their hands.

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Artzy Creations

  2. Donna says

    Love the idea. I have a 4 year old Grandson who would like this do you think I could pierce the jelly bean first with the needle then have him put them through? Were they just regular jelly beans or the small ones?

    • melanie says

      Hi Donna,
      Thank you so much! I would pierce the jelly bean like you recommended first for your Grandson. This is what I did for my four year old. I had the jelly bean on the needle and she continued to work it down the needle once pierced and onto the elastic thread. We used small jelly beans, but I’m sure any size would work. 🙂 Hope this is helpful.

      Artzy Creations

    • melanie says

      Thank you so much Erin. Your daughter will truly enjoy this. My girls didn’t want to stop making these.

      Artzy Creations

  3. says

    Okay, that is the most awesome idea I have seen in a while. Pinning right now because I’m absolutely doing this with the kids as soon as I can get to the store and buy some jelly beans. Love, love, love this.

    Do you think the stretchy cord is necessary, or would regular thread work?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • melanie says

      Thank you Sheryl.
      I’m sure thread would work too, but you’d have to tie the bracelet on after the jelly beans are threaded, and it wouldn’t come off until you cut it off. The other option would be you’d have to make the bracelet much larger to slide over their hand, and then it would be really big on their small wrist. I think the stretchy cord is pretty important. It allows the bracelet to slide on and off easily. I Hope that helps.


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