To start with, you'll need:
heart shaped plastic beads
2. Bend one end of your pipe cleaner into a loop and twist the end around a few times to secure it.
3. String your beads on.
4. This part is really good for helping kids understand how to make patterns!
5. Don't make your bracelet too long! Keep in mind the wrist you're making it for! For an adult sized bracelet, you'll fill up almost the entire pipe cleaner, leaving 2 or 3 inches of a "tail". For a children's bracelet, it really depends on age, but we left about 4 or 5 inches free for my 5 year old.
6. Once you've left your tail free, bend that end of the pipe cleaner around and make a knot, pulling the knot tightly and pressing it as close to the beads as possible.
7. Tuck the end of the pipe cleaner through the loop you made in the opposite end and pinch it tight.
8. Cut the excess off.
OR, you could put two green hearts with their bottom point together (string one upside down, then the other right side up) with a white star between for a Lucky Clover St. Patty's Day bracelet!
and the hearts can be put together in orange and black for Halloween. Bug says the black hearts look like bats. What do you think?
This one is, of course, bug's favorite. He decided on this pattern all by himself.
And though I like to give my kids direction when doing crafts and making gifts like this, I know there's something to be said for giving them free reign:
Make some for Grandmas, aunts, and moms for Valentines Day!