DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Mexican Bean Bracelets
Mexican jewelry is often made of silver with turquoise, amber and other
- toilet paper roll
- construction paper (we used black) or aluminum foil
- aluminum foil looks more like silver, but it's a bit more difficult to glue
things to it
- dried beans and/or lentils (we used a variety of different ones).
- Optional: light blue paint
- Optional: hole punch and ribbon.
- Optional: sequins
- Optional: Paint some or all of the beans light (turquoise)
blue. Let dry. We didn't do this to ours.
- Glue construction paper or aluminum foil around your toilet paper roll (or
you could paint it if you prefer).
- Slit toilet paper roll so it isn't a roll anymore.
- Cut toilet paper roll shorter - it's up to you how wide you want your
bracelet (we cut ours into thirds).
- Glue beans onto the bracelet. Smaller beans don't slide off the wet
glue as much as big ones do. You can also add sequins for extra
sparkle if you like.
- let dry.
- Optional: punch holes in either side of the bracelet and thread a
ribbon through. Use this to tie the bracelet on when you slip it on
your arm so it doesn't fall off as easily.
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