Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bubblegum Bracelets

Bubblegum Bracelets Tutorial
Hey Hoots. Here is a easy and fun kids craft you can do with your owlets. It can be for a party, ANY holiday  or just for something to do. I plan on doing this at my kids next birthday party!!!I really like the candy corn one I did on the top right. The only drawback to this craft is your kids want to start eating the bracelet the minute it is finished and on their wrist. LOL  Highly successful though!

 * Large or Small Gumballs in a variety of color.....
                  8 Large for adult/ 6 Large for Child
                  9 Small for Adult/ 7 Small for Child
*Ribbon in any color....I used purple and brown 1/4" Ribbon
*Metal Skewer Sticks
*Large Eyed Needle....remember you need to get the ribbon     through the eye.
*Needle nose Pliers....Optional, but extremely helpful.
We first start with putting a hole in each gumball. You may need to soften the bubblegum a little microwave for 15 seconds.
Puncture each gumball with the metal skewer stick. Then barely poke it through the other side so you know where the hole goes and then I pull it out and puncture it directly where it is marked. Sometimes if you go all the way through is make the opposite end crack a lot. Once you have ALL your gumball poked with holes it is time to start stringing them up.
Cut each ribbon 24" long.

Fold your Ribbon in half and tie a knot in the middle. Place a Needle on one end. (I usually fold my Ribbon in half to get it through the needles eye)
This is when I would hand it over to each kid. They would place whatever color/size gumball they wanted on the needle. Once they pushed it as far as they could down the needle I would have them hand it back.
The eye of the needle was always a little too big to go through the I would always have to use needle nose pliers to finish getting it through.
Once you get the gumball through the Needle, tie a knot and then hand it back to your little owlet and let them put on another gumball. Dunk, Rinse, Repeat. Half of the gumballs on one side of the middle knot and the other gumballs on the other half.

Tie each bracelet on their wrist and see them smile and beg to have a gumball to eat NOW!!!

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