I was so exctited when Freya got given a Safety Pin Bracelet kit for Christmas. (This is a similar kit on Amazon Safety Pin Bracelets (Klutz) #Affiiate) A very Nostalgic gift for me as when I was 13 I set up a small business selling bracelets though a oca craft shop!! Freya was so excited too so I couldn’t wait to start. When we opened the kit it all flooded back – but back in the day I had really refined the art so I want to share how I made safetly pin bracelets as a 13 year old and the techniques that I refined!
What do you need?
- Beads – you can use any beads but I prefer the glass seed and bugle beads – 20 bags of 10g Mixed Seed and Bugle Beads Selection of Colour and Sizes
- Safety Pins – the ones that came in Freya’s kit were very poor quality – At 13 I managed to negociate with the local Dry cleaner to sell me boxes of 1000 safety pins! But for now amazon have these ones – 100 Small Silver Metal Steel Safety Pins 3cm 30mm
- Elastic – I always used black but Freya’s kit came with Silver that I love! Elastic Cord, thickness 1 mm, silver, 100 m
The fun part! Open up the safety pin and thread some beads on. Close the safety pin again.
(As a safety point – if you want to secure the pin so it stays shut you can use pliers to squeeze the fastener shut – we haven’t but if you are concerned you could.)
For Freya’s bracelet we needed about 50 safety pins – but you can start threading earlier to see how many you need 🙂
Once you are ready to start threading take a length of elastic – approx 60cm to be safe.
Fold the elastic in half.
Now start by taking a safety pin and treading it on to the elastic.
When you add the next safety pin make sure that it is the other way up – so you are alternating.
NB: Make sure that all safety pins are bead side up.
As you continue it will build up like this.
When you think it is long enough test it on your wrist – it should go all the way round the wrist without stretching the elastic at all.
When you have decided it is the right size it needs closing up.
The technique I used was to now thread back through the first 4 safety pins to make a full loop.
We put the bracelet back on Freya’s wrist to check it was the right size. We then used a reef knot to tie the bracelet off. (I actually put two in to be safe an pulled it really tight)
Here it is! I love it – I am going to set up a tray in the kids play room as Freya wants to make some more! What a great tray activity.
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Have a wonderful Christmas