Lately, I’ve been making a lot of jewelry for the Etsy shop my cousin and I are opening. My kids love the beads and want me to make them bracelets. I wanted to make a fun bracelet for my 3 year old son, that wasn’t too girly, and I thought of one of his favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
There are two different versions for this bracelet. I like the result of the first one more, plus you have a lot more options for what material to use. However, it requires a few common jewelry making tools and knowledge that a lot of people don’t have. The second version is very simple, and anyone could easily make it.
The key to getting the bracelet to look like Eric Carle’s caterpillar is the flat green beads. I found these at both Joann’s and Michael’s. You could also use yellow and green nail polish to paint eyes on the red bead. I really like the simplicity of the bracelet with just the beads.
Step 1 – Use 22 gauge jewelry wire. Cut off a piece, make a loop at one end (follow this great tutorial) and string the beads. Make a loop at the other end. You now have your caterpillar charm. (You could also turn this into a necklace.)
Step 2 – Choose the other material for your bracelet. I made one with black elastic cord (which is the best for little kids since they can put it on and take it off themselves), and one with red suede cord.
Remember, because of the small parts, you should only make this bracelet for kids ages 3 and up.
This second simple version is also very cute. I would recommend using a slip knot for this bracelet so that the size is adjustable and it’s easier to keep secure on the little hand.
I used a thin red leather cord for this bracelet. It has to be thin enough to fit through the narrow holes in the beads. Hem also works well, or very thin elastic.
Step 1 – Tie a simple knot.
Step 2 – String the beads.
Step 3 – Tie another knot.
Step 4 – Secure with slip knots.
These would make great handmade gifts for little ones in your life. They could also be fun party favors for a Hungry Caterpillar birthday party, or even an activity for a little bit older kids. If you’re giving them as a gift, try putting them in one of these felt apple gift pouches.
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