DIY Hungry Caterpillar Bracelet

In honor of children’s book week, I’ve got a craft based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was one of my favorites growing up and now my nephews love it too.

Materials:

10 mm ceramic red beads
10 mm green beads
.5 mm elastic thread
Yellow puff paint
Black puff paint
Scissors
Super glue (optional)

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Directions:

Making the Caterpillar’s Head

(I would suggest making two or three, then choosing the best one for your bracelet. These are hard because they’re so small! It’s also useful to keep tissues or paper towels on hand, so you can wipe the puff paint off if you make a mistake.)

  1. Use yellow puff paint to add two large eyes to a ceramic red bead.
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  2. Use black puff paint to add a pupil to each eye. I found this easier when the yellow was still wet.
  3. Use black puff paint to add antennae.

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    This wasn’t the final one – his expression is pretty wonky 😛
  4. Place bead hole-down so it doesn’t roll. Let dry.

Making the Bracelet

  1. Determine how big you want your bracelet to be. I used the size chart here.
  2. Measure a length of your elastic that is twice as long as the desired bracelet, plus a few inches. So if you want to make a toddler bracelet that’s 5 inches around, measure 13 inches. ((5*2)+3=13) Cut the elastic at this length.
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  3. String one green bead on to the elastic and slide it so it is exactly in the middle. You can do this by holding both ends of the elastic together.
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  4. Now, string the next green bead through both ends of the elastic. Repeat for all green beads, until you reach the desired length. Don’t forget to save a spot for the red bead!
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  5. When the head bead is dry, string it on both strings of the elastic as well.
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  6. String one end of the elastic back through the original bead.
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  7. Tie both ends of the elastic together, two or three times.
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  8. I don’t trust elastic to hold, so I always add a dab of super glue to the knot.
  9. Trim the ends of the elastic.

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Voila! Now you have an adorable Hungry Caterpillar bracelet!

I do want to note that the beads can be a choking hazard, so be careful who you give these to.

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❤ Annette

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DIY Gold Earth Bracelet

This bracelet is inspired by the one mentioned in Tin Star and The Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castelluci. It is present in both books and somewhat plays a part, but I don’t want to give away much more than that. 🙂

Supplies Needed

Gold colored chain
Gold colored lobster clasp
Gold colored jump rings
Needlenose Pliers
Wire cutters
Gold earth charm (I got mine on Etsy)

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Directions

  1. Cut a length of chain using your wire cutters. You can either measure by wrapping around your wrist (if it’s for you), or use a ruler to measure a standard size. (I used this pin as reference.)

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2. If your charm is set up with a hole perpendicular to the charm, you can just slide it on the chain. If the hole is flat with the charm, you will want to use a jump ring to attach it. (Jump ring directions are in the next step.)

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See how the ring is perpendicular?
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Right in the center 🙂

3. If your lobster clasp comes with an eyelet, open a jump ring with the needlenose pliers, slide the eyelet on, and then attach the jump ring (with eyelet) to the last link of your chain. Close with the needlenose pliers. If your lobster clasp does not have an eyelet, just attach the jump ring.

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4. Use the same method to attach a jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end of the chain.

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5. That’s it! Now you have your very own gold Earth bracelet.

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I hope you enjoy! I love jewelry making, especially since it’s often so simple!

❤ Annette

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