Magazine Bead Bracelet

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Magazine Bead Bracelet
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages tween

Recycle old catalogs and magazines into stretchy, swanky bracelets that cost next to nothing to make.

What you'll need

  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Old catalogs and magazines
  • Wooden skewers
  • Glue stick
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Paintbrush
  • 6 feet of clear elastic cord

How to make it

  1. Cut out a cardboard triangle with a 1-inch base that is 6 inches high. Use it as a template to cut 30 to 35 triangles from colorful magazine and catalog pages.

  2. To make a bead, tightly roll one triangle (base to point) around a skewer, then glue down its tip. Leave the bead on the skewer and roll the next one beside it. When the skewer is full and the beads are dry, slide them off of the stick. Brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge Sparkle and let the beads dry.

  3. To assemble the bracelet, thread one bead onto the center of the cord. Add the next bead, as shown, threading one end of the elastic through each end of the bead. Pull the elastic tight. Continue adding beads in this way, tightening and straightening them as you go, until the bracelet is long enough to stretch around your child's wrist. Feed the remaining lengths of elastic back through the first bead, then knot them multiple times and trim.

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