Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…please tell me that my kids aren’t the only ones singing this song non-stop. It has been on replay in my mind for days! Might as well have some actual bells to go with it. The kids had made the caramel popcorn balls (have you tried yet? So good!) for their friends and I thought adding something to help them jingle through the holidays would be fun. The bracelets only take a few minutes to make and require just a few supplies.
We tied ours to the bag of caramel popcorn with a little ribbon and a note the said “Just a little something to help you jingle through the holidays!”, then we delivered them. My kids thought this was the fun part, I love this age!
Shall we get started? Catch me after the jump!
Pipe Cleaner Jingle Bell Bracelets
You could use anything from ribbon, yarn, to plastic cording for this, but I had pipe cleaners on hand, just use what you have! If you are using something like ribbon just tie knots to secure instead of twisting.
- pipe cleaners, ribbon, plastic cording…
- little jingle bells – I bought mine in the kids craft section in Walmart
- utility scissors
Start with two pieces of pipe cleaners, and slide a bell down about half an inch of one.
Fold the tip down and twist it to secure the bell to the top.
Now take the second pipe cleaner and wrap it around the first pipe cleaner. Try to cover the ends when wrapping to get any pointy ends. Feel around it and make sure you don’t feel any sharp ends.
Twist the two about an inch and then slide another bell down one pipe cleaner.
Then twist a little more and add another bell. On this one I only added three bells, but in the rest I added four. Just twist and add one more.
For my 4 and 3 year old I cut an inch off both ends to shorten them, but you may not need to cut any off for older kids. If you have a model, use them for measurements. Then twist to the ends and bend one end over like shown.
Twist the end of it around to make a loop at the end. You should be able to put the ends into the hole in the top of the bells to hide any pointy tips. Make sure to feel around the bracelet to make sure there are no sharp ends sticking up.
Now just slide the loop over the end bell and you have a bracelet. Jingle bell bracelet that is.
We made some green and white and red and green ones too – they just seemed better suited for the boys :).
So there you have it, easy peasy!
You should probably reserve these for little ones over the age of three, wouldn’t want anyone running around with a jingle in their tummy!