The only thing more fun than making an art project is wearing one! Transform ordinary metal paper clips into wearable jewelry by adding beads and linking the clips together in a pattern. This project is a great introduction into jewelry making.
What You Do:
- Help your child figure out how many paper clip links will be needed to fit her wrist by having her link together a row of paper clips and testing it against her wrist. Make sure there's a little slack so it won't be too tight or uncomfortable.
- When she's figured out how many links she'll need, have her remove the first and last link and set them aside. These will be the clasps to close the bracelet.
- Count how many paper clips are remaining in the linked bracelet and set it aside.
- Count out enough paper clips to make two more rows of the same length. Do not have her link these yet.
- Unlink the first linked bracelet.
- Starting with one paper clip at a time, have her "string" the paper clip with desired amount of glass beads.
- As she finishes beading each paper clip, have her link it to the previous one. When she finishes a row, have her set it aside and begin the next row.
- When all rows are beaded and linked, have her link the ends of all three rows to one paper clip clasp.
- Repeat this with the other end, linking the rows to the other clasp.
- She can now put the paper clip bracelet on her wrist and link the two clasp paper clips together to complete the bracelet.
Helpful Tip: Create a special color palette for your bracelet by limiting the colors you use. Themed bracelets, such as 4th of July, could be restricted to red, white, and blue beads.