With St. Patrick’s Day and Easter being so close together this year I didn’t have much time to plan Easter activities. (Insert the feeling of failure and a touch of mommy guilt.) This week I’ve been racking my brain for some quick and easy craftivities for my little ones.
I didn’t want to go shopping, so I looked around and tried to come up with a craft using things I already had in the house. We had jelly beans, a sewing needle, and some jewelry cord, so insert: the jelly bean bracelets!
- Jelly beans
- Sewing needle
- Jewelry cord
- Optional: Baby wipes
This was the perfect rainy afternoon project! It took us a little over an hour to make ten bracelets – and a little over two hours before we ate half of them (not an exaggeration).
The hardest part about making these is avoiding the temptation to eat all the jelly beans!
- Lay out the jelly beans. I found it helpful to have my children line up the colors and patterns in advance.
- Cut the jewelry cord. (We cut ours about 7″ long.) Tie a few knots at the bottom of the cord – about 1″ from the bottom. Thread the cord through the sewing needle.
- Push the needle through the center of each jelly bean to thread them, then push them down to the bottom of the cord. (We found it helpful to use a hard surface – our kitchen table – to press the bottom of the needle on.) Continue to add jelly beans until the bracelet is long enough for your child’s wrist (we used between 15-20 jelly beans per bracelet.) Helpful tip: have baby wipes on hand! The needle will get sticky from the jelly beans and it helps to give it a quick cleaning after every four or five jelly beans.
- Once your bracelet is long enough, tie the two ends together (we triple knotted them). Then it’s time to enjoy!
These were extremely easy to make and my kids had a lot of fun picking out patterns and colors. We ended up making extras for their cousins (we tucked them inside their Easter eggs for Sunday’s big hunt)!