throwback candy wrapper bracelet (DIWY)

hope everyone had a wonderful mama’s day with lots of spoilage going on!

our oldest (ozzie) had a baseball tournament (of all things, i know….  but it was really fun) so we split our time between family and the fields.  however, sometime around 2 yesterday, it was clear that the littles had hit their, busy weekend without a nap, limit – so i took them home for some R&R….  and a little paper craft.

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do you remember making things from candy wrappers as a kid?  maybe something similar to the bracelet above using starburst wrappers?  so fun, right?  well, i was hoping to get the same sort of look without actually unwrapping packages of candy, so i put together this template (you can download here).

matilda (4) was able to do most of the folding and then hand the pieces over to me to put together.  it’s always nice to have a project handy that doesn’t require a mess or tons of supplies!

to make your own, you’ll need this template or candy wrappers (if you really want to go old school), a printer, text weight printer paper, and scissors.

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1. print a couple pages of the template and cut the rectangles out.

2. pick a rectangle and fold it in half to make a crease, and unfold.  then fold each side into the middle.

3.  (excuse the change in paper….  just pretend it’s still the teal dots) fold each side in again, and fold one more time in half.

4. fold in half, lengthwise.  then just for the starting piece, fold the ends inside to the center.

5. next, fold a second piece of paper, but skip the second part of step 4.  instead, slide the ends through the folds in the previous paper and then fold the ends up to make a place for the next piece.

continue until your chain is long enough to make a bracelet…  we used almost two pages of the template.

diwy-candy-wrapper-bracelet-armommy-4what do you think!?  might be a good craft to bring on a long car or plane ride….  we’ll have to print some out for out trip to cali in a few weeks!

can you think of any other simple crafts you did as a kid?  we’d love to hear in the comments below!

hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

xo . rae

p.s. – thank you to everyone for your sweet, lovely and heart felt replies to my last post.  i was so blown away by your words and encouragement.  xoxoxoxo

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  • April May 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Rae these bracelets are so sweet! They remind me of sitting out on the lawn with my favorite babysitter as a young girl and picking clover blossoms or those little daisies and pinching my nail through the stem and sticking the next stem through to make bracelets, necklaces and flowery crowns.

    Sometimes we get caught up in the misconception that we have to spend huge amounts of money taking our kids on trips to stimulating adventure and theme parks or that we have to constantly be on the go doing this or that in order to entertain and make memories. Those times are fine and yes, fun, when we have the time , finances and energy to go and do. However, I know my best childhood memories are times like I mentioned out on the lawn with a babysitter willing to spend the time to teach me a simple craft that appealed to my little girl senses. I’ll never forget nature walks with my grandma collecting leaves and coming home to put them under paper that we rubbed with a crayon to watch the leaf magically appear on paper….those times are so special.

    Thank you for recalling these beautiful memories and re-birthing the simplicity of making memories in the next generation. I suddenly feel inspired to take the kids on a nature walk and enjoy some time with them.

  • Wendy Howard May 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I love these bracelets! I used to make these out of chewing gum wrappers.