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Bell Bracelet



Host: Katie Hacker

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Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour

Bell Bracelet
Katie Hacker

You'll need:
Pepperell Braiding Co. Parachute 95
Pepperell Braiding Co. Parachute Buckle
Pepperell Braiding Co. Ezzzy-Jig Bracelet Maker
Three medium-size jingle bells (make sure they fit over your cord)
Craft glue (or an adult with a lighter)

Instructions for kids' 6” bracelet:

  1. Set the bracelet up for a 6” length bracelet (or whichever length you prefer) by adjusting the wing nut and bolt in the center of the bracelet jig.
  2. Go ahead and attach half of the clasp for your bracelet to the corresponding ends on the bracelet jig.
  3. Cut two 2-yard lengths of Parachute 95.
  4. Fold one cord in half and pass the fold through half the clasp. Bring the ends through the fold to make a lark's head knot. Repeat for the other cord.
  5. String the jingle bells onto one of the cords.
  6. Pass all of the cord ends through the other end of the clasp.
  7. Begin knotting: Hold two cords together and bring them across the center strands leaving a little bit of an opening on the side. Fold the other strands under and up through the opening and pull it tight to make a half knot.
  8. Now, pick up the strands on the other side and fold them across the center, leaving a slight opening. Fold the strands under and up through the opening and pull it tight to finish the square knot.
  9. Repeat the knots for the length of the bracelet.
  10. At the end of the bracelet, bring the cords to the back and weave them under the center of the knots. Add a drop of craft glue to hold the ends in place or ask an adult to use a lighter to melt them.


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