Looking 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:
Step 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.
Step 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.
There you have it! My kids absolutely LOVED making these bracelets. It was a great afternoon activity. Have fun making these!