Getting crafty with my kids is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I love watching their excitement when I pull out the craft supplies and we get to work on a project together.
I recently got crafty with my kids, who were thrilled when I told them that they were going to be making some cute DIY bracelets for kids that they could put words, letters, and cute emoticons and symbols on!
They almost didn’t believe me when I told them that we were also going to learn how to knit a scarf without using any knitting needles!
To make our bracelets and knit without needles we used Text Cool™ and Knit’s Cool™, two fun kits designed to get kids creating.
We first tried out Text Cool™, which is a really fun and easy to use bracelet studio that has everything you need to make 35 bracelets. I usually read the directions before starting a new project, but my girls had already started making the bracelets and had it all figured out by the time I was done reading!
DIY Personalized Bracelets
Step 1. Turn the embossing wheel, which will have letters or emoticons on it, and turn the knob until you can see the blank space in the viewfinder. Pick a bracelet, put it in the clear bracelet dispenser with the color or pattern side facing up, and push the bracelet down until it touches the pink bar at the bottom.
Step 2. Press the purple embossing button to push the bracelet forward until you see the bracelet hole on the other side. Now you can make your bracelets!
Step 3. Choose whatever letters or symbols that you would like on your bracelet by turning the wheel until that letter or symbol is in the viewfinder. Press down on the purple button quickly but firmly to emboss. Repeat until your bracelet is finished.
Pull the bracelet out.
Step 4. Take one of the colorful clasps and stick it through the holes of the bracelet to close. You can fold under the excess so that the finished end looks nice and neat.
My girls LOVED their finished creations and went on a huge bracelet-making spree. They made bracelets for just about everyone that they know- even their brothers wanted their own bracelets! BFF bracelets, bracelets to go into their friend’s Christmas presents, bracelets that have inside jokes on them, hashtag bracelets… I think they thought up everything to put on their creations!
These bracelets are SO easy and fun to make! My girls weren’t very happy with me when it was time to eat dinner and I had to put away the studio so we could eat. They loved all of the cute emoticons and the fun patterns of the bracelets. I love that the bracelet studio was so easy to use that they could just go for it and create for those they love.
I’m also an organizer junkie and have a few different label makers that my kids love to sneak into and use up all the label ribbon. With Text Cool™, it was almost like they now had their own label maker, except that theirs is now cooler than mine because theirs makes jewelery and mine just makes labels. 😉
If you’re looking for a fun, engaging gift for a tween or teen that encourages creativity, you can find Text Cool™ at Target, Walmart, Amazon and Toys R’ Us.
Next we made an infinity scarf from yarn with the Knit’s Cool™ set. The set comes with everything you need to knit scarves, headbands, purses, phone cases, and more! The kit comes with very easy-to-follow directions, and there’s also some really great how to videos that are really helpful!
Just follow the simple directions, and you will end up with a beautiful knitted scarf! The first row or two are a little slower as you are learning how to do it, but after that you will fly through the project.
It’s actually really easy to knit using this set, which is pretty awesome because I’ve always been scared of those two big knitting hooks! It’s a much less intimidating way to get started with knitting, and a great way to get kids on board!
You can follow the detailed instructions in the box to see how to do it or check out the video here, but basically you are just making loops with the yarn and moving them from one post to the next. Super easy!!
It was a lot of fun to get my kids away from the tv and get crafty with them. Spending quality time with them during our “craft-“ernoon was hands down my favorite part of this week! I highly encourage you to check out Text Cool, Knit’s Cool, and all the other Cool Brands sets for your kids!
The girls have already chosen their next yarn colors and are planning out how thick and long they want their next scarf. Think I can talk them into making a bigger one for me too?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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