Little Miss and I have been making bracelets. We have a have jar of Pyssla beads from Ikea – also known as perler or hama beads – that hardly ever gets played with. We have made ornaments with them and just simple pictures that get melted with the iron to hold them together. But I recently saw a bracelet made with perler beads and thought it would be a perfect school holiday craft. I was inspired by Pink Stripey Socks who has written a fabulous tutorial. These bracelets use elastic and a large needle so they are great for kids to do. We used some shirring elastic that I had in my stash.
Initially we tried to design our bracelets on paper. We used grid paper and coloured pencils – which was fun all by itself! But when we tried to transfer our designs into bracelets, the beads don’t line up quite like the grid paper. The rows are offset from each other. So in the end we abandoned our paper designs and just played with designs as we threaded.
The end result? Super cute stretchy bracelets for Spring! I can’t decide whether I like the striped one or the chevron one best. What do you think?