Tag: craft with kids

Make an Easy Beaded Bracelet

Each year at the beach, the whole crew goes souvenir shopping at Callahan’s of Calabash. It’s tradition. We load up on tees, hoodies, ball caps, beach totes and usually buy a blown glass Christmas ornament or two. We try to find an ornament that commemorates a special occasion, accomplishment or event during the year. For the past several years, my cousin Ruby and I have selected a piece of costume jewelry so that we can ‘twin’ across-the-miles when vacation is over.

This beaded bracelet with wooden buckle clasp was our pick a few years ago. Over time the elastic has become slack on a few of the strands, so it’s time for a restring. While I’m repairing mine, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make these easy bracelets. This project is simple enough that older kids can make them, with a little adult assistance in tying the knots.

Here are the materials you’ll need:
Buckle Clasp
Beads
Jelly Cord – I’m using 1mm
E-6000 – optional, to secure knots
Scissors
Ruler
Toothpick, or other small implement for applying glue – if using E-6000
Beading tray or kitchen towel – I don’t have a beading tray, so I use a terry cloth kitchen towel to stop beads from rolling off my work surface.

Now it’s time for math class! To calculate the length of beads needed: Using your favorite bracelet length, subtract the length of the buckle clasp when closed and multiply the result by the number of strands in the bracelet. (If you are using very chunky beads, make your bracelet a little longer than normal because of the larger bracelet circumference. The cord will sit farther away from your wrist. Does that make sense?!)

I like a 7.5″ bracelet. The buckle clasp is 1.5″ long when closed, so my strands of beads would be 6″ long. I have 5 holes in the clasp, and 6 x 5 = 30, so I need 30″ of beads. I bought a little extra in case there are any wonky beads. Make sure the bead strands will be narrow enough to fit into your clasp without crowding – I’m using 6mm beads, but I could have gone a little wider. Okay, class dismissed. Now it’s time for the fun stuff!

Taking your bead length measurement from above, cut a generous length of jelly cord. Keep in mind that you will need extra cord to feed through the clasp ends and for knot tying. I cut mine at about 40″.

Slip one end of the jelly cord through an end hole in one of the clasp pieces. Tie a large knot in the jelly cord, and pull it tight. Tug on it to make sure that the knot will not pull through the hole in the clasp. String the first row of beads, measure for length, then weave the jelly cord through the other clasp piece.

Repeat the process for each row. Before tying the final knot, lay the bracelet flat and make sure that the rows are uniform in length, and the cord is pulled firmly through, but not stretched. I used the toothpick end to tighten the jelly cord loops, row by row. Tie a large knot at the end. Trim the excess cord off of each end, and place a dab of E-6000 on each knot to help secure it. Your bracelet is complete!

To shop the post: Jelly cord / E-6000 / Buckle clasp / Beads

Love the beads, but not up for a crafternoon? I got you.
Multicolor / Turquoise / Lavender Multi / Red

Do these beads look like Sixlets to you, too? Don’t you think this is the adult version of wearing a candy necklace? This bracelet is a fun way to perk up weekend denim or a plain jersey and would make cute, girlfriend gifts. Happy Crafting!

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How to Make a Date Night Passport

Here’s a fun gift idea for your honey or anyone you enjoy spending time with, really. Create a Date Night Passport for them filled with gift cards to your favorite restaurants, IOUs or tickets to events. This does not have to be expensive!


I made this one for my husband’s Christmas gift a few years ago.

For this project, you will need:

  • Slim pocket calendar or notebook with a plain cover  – I found mine at the dollar store. If you don’t want the clear, plastic cover you can create your own booklet. You’ll need a piece of heavy cardstock to make a cover. The advantage to creating your own is that you can make it any size, design or theme you like.
  • Sturdy white or ivory cardstock paper – a few sheets, depending on the size of the calendar. I used six pages of 8.5” x 11” cardstock cut to 6.75” x 6.5” for a total of 6 passport pages, 12 folded.
  • A variety of stamps or stickers – for the book title and to mimic passport stamps on the inside pages.
  • Stamping ink in black, brown, navy or dark grey

If you would rather doodle your own passport stamps, you won’t need the stamps or ink. Just grab your favorite pens or markers.

  • Paper cutter or a ruler and scissors
  • Stapler

Remove the paper calendar from the cover and measure the pages, unfolded. Cut 6 cardstock pages to that measurement. Neatly fold each page in half. If your measurements are not square, make sure to fold in the direction of the passport cover spine. Next, stamp the pages however you like. I made a page for each month of the year and stamped ornate keys, postage stamps, medallions and fleur-de-lis, using chocolate brown stamping ink.

A favorite passport ‘stamp’. This is a rub-on transfer from the craft store.

On the passport cover, add your title. I used silver stickers to spell out “Date Night” and added a small silver flourish below the title. Assemble the pages in order inside the cover and staple down the spine.

Now comes the fun part; filling the passport! Here are some ideas:

Gift cards: Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Shops, Book Store, Massage, Manicure/Pedicure

Tickets: Movie Theater, Sporting Events, Concerts, Live Theater, Comedy Club

IOUs: Back Rub, Breakfast in Bed, Foot Massage, A Day Trip, Hiking, Movie Night at Home, A Honey-Do Chore, Seasonal Activities (Pumpkin Patch, Fall Foliage Drive, Ice Skating, A day at the Lake or Pool, Parades, Farmer’s Market, Holiday Lights Tours) Antiquing, Thrift Shopping, Picnic in the Park

No truer love was ever found than that of my husband and Starbucks coffee!

Kid’s Activities: Zoo Trip, Water Park, Go-carts, Mini Golf, Aquarium, Geocaching, Hot Chocolate Date, Run a 5k together, Science Museum

IOUs for Kids: Library Date, Build a Fort, Pillow Fight, Favorite Dinner, Favorite Dessert, Craft Day, Card/Board Game Night, Permission to Jump on the Bed, Bake Cookies together, Skip a Chore, No Rules Day (My SIL occasionally did this with our nephew)


Oh, hey! Date night at the movies?

Now it’s time to make this your own! What activities would you add to this list?

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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