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art at home: making bracelets using household items

There are lots of ideas for art projects kids can make at home. The internet is a wonderful resource for ideas and inspiration on things to do while sheltering-at-home. Here is a bracelet making project we found that we love. We've also included links to more homemade bracelet projects for you to check out. The best part is you can do them with items you probably have around the house, and many of them involve recycling - toilet paper rolls, magazines, junk mail, water bottles and more!

Water Bottle Bracelets


  • Empty water bottle bottle

  • Yarn, ribbons, string, etc. (any color(s), cut into 12" lengths for ease of wrapping but you can use any scraps you have)

  • Scissors

  • Glue (optional)


  • Cut the wide part of the water bottle into elipses (at least 1" wide but you can vary sizes)

  • Tie one end of a piece of string around the edge of the plastic circle

  • Wrap the yarn around the edge of the circle

  • When you come to the end of your string, tie it to another piece and continue wrapping

  • As you wrap, keep moving around the circle until you've covered all of the plastic

  • When you get to the end, tie the final end piece to the bracelet or glue it to the inside of the bracelet


  • You can use dots of glue to help keep the string in place as you wrap around the circle

  • Once you've finished, you can add additional layers of wrapping to give your bracelet a layered look

  • You can string beads onto the string you use for additional layers to add embellishment

  • Make a few different size and color bracelets and wear them together for a different look

For more photos illustrating some of the steps and additional information on this project click here!

Here are links to more bracelet projects using household materials. There are lots of ideas for both beginner and advanced level skills, little and big kids.

Here's a video tutorial on how to make an easy friendship bracelet:

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