A Holiday Gift for Your Loved One

The holidays are here again! Create your own magical gift for a loved one to make your holiday celebration even more special and meaningful. Here are simple instructions kids can follow, with adult supervision, to make a beautiful bracelet.

Supplies:

  • Faceted beads – clear, 8mm
  • Memory wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Round-nose pliers



Instructions:

First, decide how many coils you would like (the more coils, the thicker the bracelet). Have an adult help cut and fold the memory wire.



Use the round nose pliers to hold the end of the wire and bend it inward to make a loop.





Start adding beads to the opposite end of the wire.



Push the beads to the end with the loop.



When you are almost towards the end of the wire, ask an adult to use the round-nose pliers to make an inward loop.




The bracelet is now ready to give as a gift.


Enjoy! And Happy, Happy Holidays!

The Mercer County Library System has a vast collection of holiday craft books. Check out these books and make wonderful crafts for every occasion!

Origami Arts and Crafts by Emanuele Azzita

After readers familiarize themselves with origami symbols and easily accessible types of paper to use, they will follow illustrated step-by-step instructions to create fun origami arts and crafts such as a bracelet, a piano, a sailboat, and a colorful dodecahedron. A glossary helps readers learn new vocabulary, and a further reading section with books and websites encourages further exploration of the topic.

Junior Maker by DK Publishing

Offers instructions for interactive activities, crafts, and experiments designed to supplement what young readers learn in school, including creating marshmallow constellations, a lion mosaic, and fizzing balloons.

Jewelry making: Practical Techniques for All Junior Jewelry Makers by Jo Moody

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share by Martha Stewart

A guide for crafty kids and their parents mixes family friendly design with a treasure trove of creative and educational projects that parents and their kids, aged three to twelve, can create together.

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids: More than 25 Cool, Crafty Projects to Make for Your Friends, Your Family, and Yourself! by Linda Z. Braden

Accompanied by photo tutorials and helpful step-by-step instructions, these projects are kid-friendly and offer a variety of options for both beginning and more advanced DIY fans. Be inspired and discover the endless possibilities with the world's most famous jar!

Holiday Crafts by Gini Holland

Creepy-Crawly Crafts by Annalees Lim

Creepy-crawly crafts are some of the most fun crafts to make! Readers learn to make spiders, butterflies, and many other critters that crawl and fly as they follow step-by-step instructions. A helpful photograph is included alongside each step, and a detailed photograph of the finished product allows readers to see from the start how their craft should look when it is done. Exciting facts about these amazing animals are also presented to readers. Accessible text makes learning these fun facts and completing these cool crafts engaging for all.

Beaded Bracelets by Claudine McCormack Jalajas

Learn how to create wearable works of art! Beaded Bracelets will show you how to make 25 original woven beaded bracelets that are contemporary and sure to make a statement. Every bracelet design is unique and has been created by author Claudine McCormack Jalajas to help you master the four main basic beadweaving stitches-- peyote, crossweave, right angle weave, and herringbone. Each design comes with a complete and detailed material list, and clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations. And all the projects will show you how beads are gently woven together to create bracelets that are lacy, chunky, sleek, fringed, delicate, and most of all beautiful.

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today: duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!

- Chetna K., Ewing Branch

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