We shared this fun project a few weeks ago on Skip to my Lou. Its a super inexpensive craft and activity, and with a little prep its super easy.
Here is what you need:
Jumbo craft sticks
Fun duct tape (optional)
The first thing you need to do is bend the sticks. To do this without breaking them you have to boil them for 20-30 minutes. (I learned this the hard way but it is easiest to drill the holes before you bend them. You just want to drill a hole big enough for the leather string you will be working with on each side of the stick.)
You can do as many as you want at a time but keep in mind you will need a cup for every 3 sticks. I found that you are probably going to lose a few a long the way so its best to do a few more than you really want. After 20-30 minutes of boiling they will be hot and soft enough to bend.
To bend them into glasses, fold them and push them along the shape of the glass to get the proper shape.
Let them dry completely and when they are dry they will stay in this new U shape.
If you haven’t yet, drill holes at this point but beware if you wait until this stage many of them will split. Its best to do them before you boil them.
Then decorate! You can use markers or fun duct tape.
For the duct tape ones, just cover with duct tape and smooth the bottom out as much as you can. Use scissors to open the hole up bigger so you can thread the leather through.
Its easy to close the bracelets off with the leather sting,
Simple, fun, and they will inspire all sorts of creative juices in your kids!
This post was originally published at Skip to my Lou on June 25, 2014