Saturday, 6 February 2016

How to make Elastic Bracelets


These bracelets are easy to make and add a bit of fun and colour to your shoeboxes, without too much outlay in terms of time and cost.

Autumn made these lovely bracelets using these directions:


Using elasticated cord means that sizing can be flexible but you can use this chart as a guide.

Approximate length by age
Age 2-4 = 5.5 – 6 inches or 14 – 15.25 cm
Age 5-9 = 6 – 7 inches or 15 – 17.75 cm
Age 10-14 = 6.5 – 7.5 inches or 16.5 – 19 cm
Adult Woman = 7 – 8 inches or 17.75 – 20.25 cm
Adult Man = 8 – 9 inches or 20.25 – 23 cm

For example, my friend’s son is a tall 14 year-old with a wrist measurement of 17cm so a bracelet length of about 19cm would be suitable for him. Girls in this age group usually have smaller wrists than boys but boys may prefer them to be more close fitting.

 You will need:
  • Beads
  • Clear jewellery elastic e.g. Stretch Magic, Elasticity
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail varnish
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Beading needle – optional