Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Foam Dot Bracelets

This is a really simple project I came up with when looking for a use for leftover scraps of craft foam. I love finding ways to use up bits of materials that would otherwise just get tossed out, since I think it's important to be mindful of the amount of waste our creative projects can generate. I also really enjoy this project because the technique is simple enough for quite young crafters, but the results are sophisticated enough for older ones too. 

Here's what you'll need to make this project. (You can substitute regular thread for the elastic kind, but then you'll either need a clasp to do up the bracelet, or else tie it on permanently.)

The first thing you'll need to do is punch out some dots from your scraps of craft foam using a hole punch.

Since the dots are very thin, you'll beed a lot of them. (I used aprox. between 110-130 dots for my bracelets, which fit around my own adult wrists.) 

Once you've got a good amount of dots, the next step is stringing them together. A large needle with a sharp point works best, since it will need to poke through the foam. (If you are making this project with young crafters and are concerned about safety, have an adult help string the dots onto the thread.)

I recommend using elastic thread so that the bracelet can easily be slipped on and off. I also made a bracelet with a jewellery clasp closure which works well, but is a little more finicky. Another option is to just tie the bracelet around the wrist like a friendship bracelet, but then there's no way to get it off.

I made a few variations of this basic design. I made ones in repeating patterns, some with different shades of a single colour, and some with added random beads. (Repeating patterns are a great way to practice counting and memory skills.)

 I think they look especially good when a bunch of them are worn together.

A fun and easy way to add a touch of flair to your look!