Photo Bracelets out of Craft Sticks

Hey Ladies-

This is a fun project that works great with your kids’ images that come in the My Digital Portrait CD.  The head and shoulders shot is perfect to shrink down and put on this piece of jewelry.  (If you can get your child’s best friend’s image, these are awesome for tweens as a BFF bracelet.)

Here is what you need:

  • Large Craft Sticks (Tongue Depressors)
  • Contact Paper
  • 1/2″ x 1/2″ Head and Shoulder pictures
  • Washi Tape
  • Sharpies
  • Gems (Optional)
  • Tall Cup
  • Clear packing tape
  • Medium size pot or pan
  • Tongs
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Microwave
  • Stove

1.  The first step in this process is a bit of a science experiment that is fun to share with the kids.  First show them how the craft stick will not bend without breaking, then place the craft sticks in a tall cup of water overnight.

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2. In the morning, voila! the craft sticks will start to bend. Place sticks in water in a medium pot and boil for about 30 minutes. This will let them bend even more and will be less likely to break.

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3.  Remove the craft sticks one at a time with tongs (leaving the rest simmering). Lay it on a towel, dry, and carefully bend it into an oval shape to imitate the shape of your wrist, securing with clear packing tape. Continue with the remainder of the craft sticks.

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4.  Place the taped craft sticks in the microwave for 30 seconds.  When you remove them they will be hot and most of the water will be evaporated, but they will be malleable. This will allow you to carefully tweak the shape of them and it will hold.
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Note: It is a little hard to hold it all at first. However,  I like this method better than placing them in a cup, like other versions I have seen, because the bracelets dry more circular and don’t fit even a child’s wrist well.

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5.  When the bracelets have cooled it is time to be creative by attaching the small pictures with contact paper. Then you can embellish with Washi tape, gems, and Sharpies.IMG_0265

Happy crafting!

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