Friday, June 4, 2010

Water Bracelets

This is definately a craft your gonna want to make with the kids.  They're insanely simple to make and cost less than a cup of coffee. 
They're called water bracelets. 

Here is the video tutorial

Tip:  make sure to have tiny beads becasue lacing beads are too large.


2 feet of clear plastic tubing with a ¼-inch inner diameter
3 inches of clear plastic tubing with a 3/8-inch inner diameter (sold in most hardware stores)
Ruler and scissors
Tiny beads or glitter and water

To make each bracelet, cut an 8-inch-long piece from the 1/4-inch tubing and cut a 1-inch length from the 3/8-inch tubing (for a fastener). Slide both ends of the 8-inch tube into the fastener, as shown, and have your child try on the bracelet for fit. If it's too big, take it apart and trim it to size, remembering that it will need to slip over her hand.
Remove one end of the bracelet from the fastener. Use a finger to stopper one end while your child drops in tiny beads or pieces of glitter -- or anything she likes that fits in the tube and can be submerged in water.
When she's done, slowly fill the tube with water, leaving several inches of air so it has room to move. Carefully slide the free end into the fastener as far as it will go. This should create a snug fit that won't come undone without a good tug.

I paid 39 cents per ft of tubing at the local hardware store {yes you read that correctly}  That's a whopping 80 cents for 4 bracelets.  We made lots of extras for Sapphire to hand out to her friends at school.  She was quite popular that day I must say. 

Here's our version of the water bracelets.  I didn't have tiny beads so we improvised and made some with glitter glue and some with glitter and tiny gem stones. 

Have fun!