I can’t believe it is already almost time for spring break. In a few short weeks my boys will have their break. I can still remember spring break as a kid. It was always so much fun! But as a Mom, what types of activites do you do with your kids during spring break?
Some of you may be looking for some ideas on what to do with your kids during spring break and crafting is a great activity. Not only is it fun but it’s also some family time away from all those high-tech gadgets. As a Walmart Mom, I was asked to share a fun craft that kids can do during spring break. Often times when I think of spring break, I think of trips to the beach and ankle bracelets. Since I do live in a household of all boys, I often don’t get to craft cute things with them like an ankle bracelet. But I wanted to share a craft that mother’s and daughter’s could do together. This easy craft would be perfect for tweens or teenagers looking to create a unique piece of jewelry they can rock during spring break and all summer long!
With the giftcard provided, I headed to my local Walmart to pick up the supplies needed to make this craft. To make an ankle bracelet you’ll only need a few supplies. Some of which you may already have around the house. Have you checked out the jewelry section at your local Walmart? I’m often amazed at the really cute stuff that I find there and the prices are very affordable.
- (prices/products from Walmart)
- Charms (ex. Cousin 11pc Designs By Me Charm Set- $3.00)
- Container of Small Beads (ex. Cousin 6/0 Glass E-Beads- $1.50)
- Clear Stretch Magic 1 mm String
How to Make an Ankle Bracelet:
- First measure. Take a piece of the clear stretch string and measure your ankle. Before cutting the string from the spool add an addition 4 inches. This will ensure that the bracelet is long enough and gives you some extra string to work with when it comes to tying at the end. Also, you want to make sure you are using a strong, stretchy bead & jewelry cord. This will make it easy to take on and off of your ankle and prevent it from being tight on the ankle when you flex or walk.
- Once you’ve measured and cut the string with the extra 4 inches, it’s time to start beading. But before you start, most stretch string recommends that you stretch and pull at the string before you begin beading. One can use a bead board to map out a pattern but it’s not necessary. Figure out what type of pattern you would like to make with your beads and charms. For one ankle bracelet I did 10 small e-beads then a charm and repeated that pattern until it was the length I needed my anklet to be. Another option for smaller ankle bracelets would be to do 20 small e-beads and then a charm. Or one can skip the charms all together and just make an ankle bracelet completely out of small e-beads. One container of e-beads like the one I found at Walmart will easily make several ankle bracelets.
- Once you’ve strung your beads and charms until you’ve reached the length that you need. Double check by wrapping the stringed beads around your ankle. You don’t want the bracelet right up next to the skin, you’ll need a little wiggle room. If you can put your finger between the bracelet and your ankle that should be enough beads. After double checking, take the ankle bracelet off your ankle and now it’s time to finish it off. To do this you simply just tie a double knot. To make it extra secure, really pull, tug, and stretch the string as you are tying. I tied mine with a triple knot just to be sure it wouldn’t come undone.
- Lastly, cut off the excess string as close to the tied knot as possible without cutting the knot. And your ankle bracelet is complete!
The finished ankle bracelet is super cute, in my opinion. And a unique keepsake for both Mom and Daughter to remember Spring Break by. One can make just one ankle bracelet or you can make more than one and stack them for a completely different look! Hope ya’ll have fun with this craft and enjoy your Spring Break!