Christmas Paper Bracelet

It's holiday time. Hopefully you've been able to do some shopping, and that means you are ready to do some wrapping. If you are anything like me, as you wrap you start to accumulate a little pile of oddly sized wrapping paper scraps. I always think that I will eventually have the perfect size present to wrap in one of these little remnants, but somehow it never works out that way.

Here's a cute little project you can make with wrapping paper scraps. You may remember making something similar with gum wrappers when you were a kid. This could be a fun task to keep the kids occupied while you finish wrapping up some presents. Maybe they'll even make one for you for all your effort this holiday season.

Materials

  • wrapping paper scraps
  • scissors or paper trimmer
  • Elmer's glue
  • clear varnish (optional)
  • paint brush (optional)

Directions


Cut 22 rectangles out of wrapping paper. For a 7 3/4 inch bracelet, each rectangle should be 2 inches x 4 1/2 inches. For an 8 3/4 inch bracelet, each rectangle should be 2 1/4 inches x 5 inches.


 Turn the paper over so the pattern side is down.


Fold the paper in half lengthwise.


Open it up again.


Fold the bottom edge to the center.


Fold the top edge to the center.


Fold in half.

Now you are going to do the same thing in the other direction.


Fold the paper in half width-wise.


Open it up again.


 Fold the right side to the center.


Fold the left side to the center.


Fold in half.


Fold each of the rectangles in the same manner.

Now you are going to weave the pieces together. Here's how.


Do you see how each piece has two slits in the middle of the folds?

Slide the two arms of one piece up through the two slits in another.


It should look like this.


Now slide the two arms of a third piece down through the slits in the second piece.


Now up...


and down...


until only one piece remains.


Open up the last two folds you made in the remaining piece. Slide each side down through the slits in the last piece on your bracelet.


It's time to connect the end to the beginning. Open up the long folded piece. Wrap around your bracelet and put the very first piece of the bracelet into the opening.


The next part is a little tricky, so be patient. Fold one of long arms up through center of the first link in the bracelet.

Then fold the second long arm up through the center of the first link.


Gently open up the join between the last link and the first.


Add a drop or two of glue to secure the connection.
 

It's perfectly fine to wear your bracelet just like it is.

If you would like to make your bracelet shiny and water resistant, use a paint brush to apply one or two coats of clear varnish.

If you want to make an extra special bracelet, try using metallic wrapping paper and a coat of varnish. It's a handmade gift any grandmother would love to receive.

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