So, this fun little bracelet just popped into my head :) As I was organizing our kitchen cabinet with all the fun kitchen essentials, thinking I wanted to do another kiddo craft with V soon, I came upon my collection of paper straws. And then I thought of the recent glitter beads we made using plastic straws & wondered if we could do something with paper straws too?! I thought how fun would it be to thread with fabric instead of string this time & how unique and organic looking it would be for the fabric to be peeking out between the beads. Well, that’s how my crazy mind works lol! I dream of fabric & straws :) I thought red would be fun, so I took some straws down to my sewing room to find coordinating fabric, and voilà, a bracelet was born! What’s even more cool about this bracelet is it only needs 2 materials (& optional pony beads) to make! Simple, easy, fun…a perfect kiddo craft!
- 3-4 paper straws, I used these
- coordinating fabric scrap 16” x 5”
- optional: fabric scissors
- regular scissors
- optional: 2 pony beads
- not shown, but we used: plastic large eye kid needle
- not shown, but we also used kid scissors
- I started by prepping the fabric with small slits using my fabric scissors, so that V could rip it into strips.
- She had a tough time at first, but once I started it for her it was a little easier about half way down for her to rip. We ripped the fabric into four strips.
- V then cut the paper straws into pieces, some large, some small – a little bit of everything. This was a great fine motor exercise for her because of the thickness of the straws.
- V then threaded her paper beads onto each fabric strip using the plastic kid needle.
- There is really no rhyme or reason to this – I went with the flow of where she took me in the process. She asked for a braid – I gave her a braid :)
- I then took the four strips of beaded fabric and tied them together – completing one of the ends with a pony bead and a braid.
And there you have it – a simple & fun activity with a beautiful kid-made result!
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They are so colorful. I will have to look for pretty straws.
Thanks Mom – I think I saw some at the kitchen store at the beach – hint hint ;)