Rings are a goodie bag staple and a dress-up chest must-have, but it’s easy to go overboard with all that costume jewelry! If you have a drawer full of rings never worn, recycle them with this simple bracelet craft that turns a mess of old jewelry into one beautiful piece of wearable art.
Your child may have costume jewelry rings, novelty rings, or hand-me-down rings from grandparents that are never worn, but that she’d still like to keep. If she doesn’t have enough to make a full bracelet, your child can also collect old rings from mom, aunts, grandmothers, sisters or friends. If she doesn’t collect enough rings to go around her wrist on a bracelet, buy some inexpensive rings at a dollar or discount store, or at a party store where they can be bought in bulk.
First, help your child cut a length of cord, ribbon, leather or plastic that will go around her wrist and still have some room leftover for tying it together when the bracelet is finished.
The rings she uses for this project should be rings that are complete circles, without openings in their backs. Rings with openings may fall off the bracelet.
Now comes the fun part: Your child can string the rings onto the bracelet holder in any order she chooses, perhaps creating a pattern of matching or alternating colors, alternating sizes of rings, or just putting them on in a random order.
Help her tie the ends of the bracelet together around her wrist, close enough so that the bracelet stays on her wrist, but loose enough to take the bracelet on and off without untying it every time.
She now has a beautiful bracelet of shiny rings! This project could be fun to do at a sleepover party, or to make as a gift for a friend, sister, mom, aunt, grandmother, or teacher. Enjoy your ring bling!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.