With the holidays in full gear and having three kids who are involved in school and activities, there are a lot of gift exchanges going on. And I have to admit, I use to get pretty hum-bug about these things pre-kids, it just seemed so pointless to me. I mean really, you exchange names and everyone makes a list of what they want you to buy them??? Whatever. Pointless. But with the kids, it’s just so innocent and fun, they get a gumball and they are beyond excited. It really restores the Christmas spirit.
Anyway, my girls ballet class is doing a secret santa and of course I had to make something, put all those beads to use!!!! I recently have been reading about stringing beads together and thought this would be a great beginner project. It’s REALLY simple, I completely made it up, so my technique is what worked for me, it could be the proper way to do it, it could be the wrong way. This I know, it turned out great, my girls went crazy over it… I’m making two more for them right now. Please forgive my poor photography, this actually inspired me to go down the photography 101 road.
So, I pulled out a couple feet of string, I am making a bracelet for a 5 year old girl, so I want my finished product to be about 6 inches long. Here is a chart I found that you can use for guidance on length. The first step is to add 4 of your 8mm beads.
Then pull it into a circle. I did this by pulling my string back through the bottom three beads, coming out under the 4th bead.
Add, three more 8mm beads.
Then create another circle by going through the 4th bead you left loose and going through the next two beads as shown below. Continue doing this until you have reached the length you desire.
Here is what my bracelet now looks like.
I pulled out more string from the end that is still attached to the spool, maybe like another couple feet and cut it off. I then started weaving in the 4mm beads.
Going down the one side and back up the other.
Then add your clasp. I just kind of worked the string around the jump ring as many times as I could weave it back into my bracelet, probably like 5 times. I also decided to add a jump ring and the initial “K” to personalize the bracelet. And of course, I worked in the loose ends, cut the string and added a drop of glue on the ends.