How to Make Folded Paper Bracelets

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

We love our water colour paint sets. I mean, we really love them.

I don’t think a week ever goes by when someone doesn’t get out the water colours for a little painting. One of the big kids got them out on the weekend, and before long all four kids were busy filling the paper with colour.

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

With so much painting, there is always a pile of artwork in my study and recently I remembered a fun way to use it. Cleaning out some paperwork I came across an ancient photocopied sheet of instructions for making folded paper bracelets. I remember making these as a teenager, and I knew my kids would love to transform their paintings into wearable art so we got out the pile of paintings got to work!

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

To make a folded paper bracelet you need to begin by cutting lots of strips of paper. The strips need to be 12cms x 3cms (bigger or smaller as long as the size ratio is 1:4). We worked on our math skills counting by threes to rule up the paper and then I cut the strips with a paper cutter to make quick because you need a lot of strips! For each bracelet you’ll need between 16 and 22 strips, depending on how big a braclet you want to make. We used 18 strips to make one big enough to fit over my ten year old’s hands.

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

Begin by folding your strips into the basic shape, my six year old was good at this process.

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

Then you need to learn the basic construction technique. This is a little tricky but with help and supervision my girls (aged ten) were able to master the process after some learning time.

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, keep adding strips. I suggest making the loop part of each strip a little on the large size when working with kids, it will look a little less neat and symmetrical when finished but it makes it much easier for kids to insert the next strip.

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

Keep adding strips…

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

And eventually you will have enough to make a bracelet, remember it needs to fit over your hand when it is done, so don’t make it too small!

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

Our folded paper bracelets turned out even better than I remembered! The colours of the kid’s paintings looked fabulous all folded together.

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

They would make an unusual and one of a kind gift don’t you think!? We are working on folding a really big one to make a crown!

How to make this lovely folded paper bracelet.

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  1. says

    These are AMAZING! I’ve never seen them before so I can’t wait to try it out myself. Such a great way to use kid’s artwork. The water colour makes these bracelets look so pretty!

  2. Mary says

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    • katepickle says

      I’m sorry you are having trouble Mary, maybe it is glitch with the service I use to send my updates.

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  3. says

    These are a fabulous idea. We have a heap of paintings/artwork that I haven’t really known what to do with, I didn’t want to throw them out. Some of them the kids stick up on their bedroom wall and I thought I’d start using them as wrapping paper for gifts. Thanks for another idea for what to do with them.

  4. Cynthia harvey says

    When I was a kid I used to make these with gum wrappers. How nice to see it done upcycling their paintings.

    • says

      We used to make the with gum wrappers also! I was just telling my granddaughter that last week! Wow! Talk about the good ole days! Lol

  5. says

    Just made one of these! I am from Australia but currently living in working in Uganda and was craving a crafty moment! The kids I live with here love it! I can see that I may be roped into teaching them how to make them also. Pity I can’t comment with a photo for you. Thanks for your tutorial! Love Pinterest!!!

  6. says

    I love this idea! I’ve always made these with Starbursts wrappers but I don’t eat Starbursts anymore and I’ve been wondering what else I could use. Artwork would work great!

  7. Kelly says

    Wow! Your kids make beautiful water colors. You might should consider giving them plain white cotton fabric yardage to paint with dyes and use the fabric for quilting or even sell it on etsy. I’d buy some for sure!!!

  8. says

    I use to make these with the wrapper from my sticks of chewing gum when I was in junior high. We made necklaces out of them. It was lots of fun. Now I’m teaching my granddaughter to make them out of construction paper, old wrapping paper, or old magazines.

  9. Trina says

    I love this. Takes me back to highschool when my mother taught me how to do this with gum wrappers. Can’t wait to show my daughter.

  10. Lesley Brough says

    Thank you for this bracelet instructions. I am thinking of doing it with my 6 year old Great Granddaughter but using old road maps. They go out of date so quickly that this is a great way of recycling them.


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