For the third day of A Gift a Day, I made simple bracelets.
clear elastic cording (I purchased the smallest diameter cording; it comes on a small reel abouthe size of a ribbon reel)
your own two hands
Ruler and measuring tape (if you don’t have a measuring tape you can use a piece of string or even cut paper, measure the recipient’s wrist, and then measure the string or paper).
The total time for one bracelet is 3-5 minutes.
Today I made three bracelets.
I measured all of the girls’ wrists. I added a couple of inches in length to the piece of elastic that I cut. I knotted one end, leaving enough to tie the finished bracelet closed (about an inch). I then strung the beads on by hand. I added a few more beads so that the bracelet wouldn’t be too tight, making it about 1/2″ – 3/4″ (1.5 – 2.0 cm) longer than the person’s wrist measurement. After that, I tied the end of the bracelet to the knotted end.
The cost will vary depending on the beads you use and the price you pay. I bought new beads for all of these bracelets and new elastic cording. The cording should allow me to make many bracelets in the future as well.
I bought the beads on sale for 50% off at Michael’s. All of these beads are currently available. Some strings were longer than others. I will keep any leftover beads to use in other projects. These cost me $1.60 to $3.10 each, depending on the beads.