Get creative with our paper bracelet craft! Learn how to make beautiful, unique bracelets using paper and imagination. Perfect for kids and teens that are looking for a new craft.
Paper bracelets can be adapted to any celebration or time of year. Use your favorite sports team colors to show your support. Create a Paper Bracelet for any upcoming holiday or festival by changing what colors your use.
In our house, dressing up is a big part of our daily routine, and making our own costumes and adding details is one of the huge highlights. The Paper Bracelet craft can be modified for any dress-up or adventure scenario. Make the Paper Bracelets in a darker color to make them into armor or gold to make sparkly princess bracelets. Anything is possible with these Paper Bracelets!
- 10 stripes of colored construction paper (cut 1 inch wide and 6 inches long)
How to Make Your Paper Bracelet
- Fold one strip of paper in half, creating a middle crease, and unfold.
- Pull one end of the strip to the middle crease you just made in step 1. Crease and repeat on the other end of the strip. Each end should now meet in the middle over the middle crease.
- With the two ends still folded in, refold the middle crease. Now your paper will look like a ducks bill.
- Repeat Steps 1-3 for all of your paper strips.
- Take two of your strips. Notice how the folds have created slots. Take one strip and slide the top and bottom portions into the slots of the other strip. This will create a ‘V’ shape.
- Flip the ‘V’ shape over so it makes an upside down ‘L’.
- Next, get another strip of paper, and insert the bottom and top portions into the slots of the upside down ‘L’. You will start seeing a zig-zag pattern emerging.
- You will repeat steps 5-7 for the remaining strips of paper.
- With the last strip, you will unfold the ends before inserting them into the pocket of the beginning of the pattern (where you started). This will create the bracelet.
- Take the open ends of the last strip and fold UP into the pocket of the previous strip; this will lock the strips together. Voila! You’ve made a bracelet!
Tips and Tricks
- Use colors of your favorite sports team, cartoon character, or holiday and alternate the colors to create something unique.
- Add sparkle by decorating with glitter or jewels to make a fancy piece of jewelry.
- Add more paper strips to make a crown!
- Make more than one bracelet and link them together to make a countdown calendar.
- Colored construction papers
- A pair of scissors
- Craft glue - optional
Select bright and fun colored construction papers for the paper bracelet craft. Prepare the selected craft papers into strips (15cm x 2cm).
Take any one of the strips and fold it in half.
Unfold the strip.
Fold any one side of the strip slightly away from the half crease.
Fold the other side of the strip slightly away from the half-crease.
Now, fold the pattern in half keeping the open ends inside.
Following the same steps, fold the rest of the strips.
Take any 2 prepared strips.
Insert an open end of any one strip (1st strip) through the loop (closed/outer end) of the other strip (2nd strip).
Now, insert the other end of the first strip through the other loop of the 2nd strip.
Pull the 1st strip all the way in and lock both strips together. This will form a V shape.
Rotate the pattern to upside down V shape.
Take another prepared strip (3rd strip).
Insert an open end of the 3rd strip through the loop of the 1st strip from inside.
Insert the other end of the 3rd strip through the loop of the 1st strip.
Pull the 3rd strip into the loops of the 1st strip.
Pull the 3rd strip all the way through and lock it with the 1st strip
Rotate the pattern again (vertically).
Now, take a 4th strip. Insert both open ends of the 4th strip through the loops of the 3rd strip.
Pull the 4th strip all the way through and lock it with the 3rd strip.
Rotate the pattern vertically before inserting every next strip. Continue to attach strips until it reaches the required length to make the paper
bracelet. You will need to keep the number of strip even to make this bracelet.
The last even numbered strip should be folded in half only (without the sides being folded in). This time, you don’t need to rotate the pattern vertically. Insert the last strip through the loops of the last attached strip.
Form a ring with the entire pattern.
Insert the open ends of the last strip through the loops of the strip on the other end of the ring (the 2nd strip). Pull the open ends all the way through.
Fold and insert the outer strip through the loop of the adjacent strip (the last odd numbered strip).
Insert the other end of the strip through the same odd numbered strip on the inner side. The bracelet is complete. You can use glue to more securely hold the last strips but they stay locked without glue as well.