Jelleyfish bracelet tutorial with free printable template.
A while back, I tried to teach Noelle how to make friendship bracelets. I used to spend hours making these when I was a kid. It didn’t go overly well with Noelle. I’m not sure if she was still a bit too young or she just wasn’t interested. Determined to find something easier for her to make, I found some Pinterest posts on how to make woven bracelets (I wanted to give credit to one great post in particular but it’s a broken link now). I got out an old cereal box and some embroidery thread and sat down to test it out – it worked! Inspired by this super easy friendship bracelet idea, I created a simple template that you can print out, glue onto some light cardboard (cereal boxes or pasta boxes work well), cut out and you’re ready to go.
Oh, and I have no idea what the real name is for these sorts of bracelets but Noelle and I named them Jellyfish Bracelets because as you’re making them, they look like jellyfish (see photos below).
- Light cardboard box that you can cut up (cereal, oatmeal or pasta boxes for example)
- Download Template
- Embroidery floss – Up to 7 colours
- Any jewellery findings if you want to make it removable, otherwise just tie the bracelet right on your wrist
Click to download – Printable Jellyfish Bracelet Template
- Download the printable template and print onto a piece of paper
- Cut out one of the circles from the paper and glue onto a piece of your cardboard (make sure to get the edges of the circle covered really well with glue). Let the glue dry completely. (If you aren’t patient enough to do the whole glue thing, you could just copy the template design directly onto the cardboard with a pen).
- Now cut the cardboard with the paper glued onto it around the edge of the circle to where the tips of the arrow heads are. Cut a slit in each line that has the arrow head, about the same distance as the line itself. Use the sharp end of your scissors to poke a hole in the middle, approximately the size of the circle.
- Now grab your embroidery floss and cut either 7 or 14 pieces (2 of each colour) all 18″ long for adults or about 14″ for smaller kids. I find that doubling up the floss (using 14 pieces) is thicker and goes a bit faster.
- Knot together all the embroidery thread at one end so that there is still a little tail of ends.
- Careful thread the ends of all the thread through the hole so that the knot is on the back side of your template/cardboard. Put one piece of each thread (2 pieces per slit if you’re using 14 pieces of floss) into each slit so that it’s snug into place – see Photo A.
- Now, turn the template so that the empty space is pointing to your chest. Count 3 slit spaces to the left from there (approx. the 10:00 pm position if it were a clock). Take that piece(s) out of the slit and place into the empty space that is facing your chest – see Photos B and C.
- Turn the template counterclockwise so that the empty space is again pointing to your chest and repeat step 7.
- Keep your thumb gently over the hole in the middle to make sure that the bracelet remains in position while you’re moving the threads around. You’ll also want to run your fingers through the threads underneath the template from time to time to prevent the threads from getting tangled.
- Eventually you’ll start seeing the bracelet appear underneath once you get going – see Photo D. Keep going until you’ve reached your desired length. Tie off the end and finish off as you please (I added some clasps so my daughter’s bracelets so she could take hers on and off but you can keep things simple and just tie the two ends of your bracelet together).
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Follow this tutorial to create your own jellyfish bracelet.
Printable Robot Coloring Page For Kids.
Printable robot coloring page – Over the past week or so I’ve been on holidays and I’ve had the good fortune to spend that time relaxing at the beach. For so long I’ve been waiting for some spare time to spend sketching and doodling. I started with nature sketches of all the treasures I found while beach scavenging. The drawings turned out beautifully and I really enjoyed the challenge. My daughter saw me working on my sketches and asked that I draw something for her but something that was “fun like the blank faces coloring page” – definitely my most popular post to date. My nephews were also out visiting at the beach and I was inspired by the boys so I thought I could make something they would all have fun coloring. I sketched out a variety of robots and then let the kids pick out their favourites. Here are the 12 robot finalist for your coloring pleasure. Enjoy!
Download the robots coloring page here.
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Printable Robot Coloring Page
Printable first day of school sign.
As the Staples commercial goes, it’s almost “the most wonderful time of the year.” Summer has already flown by and the first day of school is almost upon us. I adore the summer but there’s something so nice about the structure and routine of starting school again (that’s saying a lot coming from me as I usually hate routine). Last year I spontaneously made a Grade 1 sign early in the morning for Noelle to hold for her first day of school photo. I kept the file so that I could just change the number for her Grade 2 photo and all the rest from that point forward. Since I already had these made I thought it would be nice to share. Just download, print and capture another memorable day in your child’s life. These printable signs are from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12 (yes, I know that using these signs for the next 12 grades will never likely happen but here’s to dreaming).
Why not reward good deeds. Print out these fun cards and bring on the good karma.
Good Karma Cards – Recently a friend of mine posted a question on Facebook to get her friend’s opinions about whether kids should get an allowance for doing chores or whether chores were simply considered a regular duty in which everyone in the household contributes. Wow, did her question spark a storm of responses. I was really amazed with the variety of opinions as well as how passionate people were on either side of the debate. I have my opinion on this issue but seeing how people reacted to her question I think I’ll just keep it to myself for now.
One thing that I will share however, is that in our family, doing random acts of kindness are just as important as chores. We feel that it’s really important for our daughter to go out of her way to help out when she has the opportunity. Part B to this is that I want my child to do these things without any prompting from my husband or myself… that’s when the real magic happens. That being said, we have many conversations about what good deeds are and the ways to help people. Here are just a few quick ideas:
- pick up litter at the park or on the beach
- pull weeds in the garden
- bring cookies or treats to share with your camp or class mates
- take a dog for a walk
- help your teacher clean up after class
- stand up for someone who isn’t being treated properly
- offer to carry groceries into the house
- make “hello” or “miss you” cards for friends or family members
- pack up and deliver gently used toys for those in need
- read a book to a younger child who can’t read yet
- sort and take dirty laundry to the laundry room
- give someone a well deserved compliment
- spend time with an elderly person who may be lonely
- offer to sweep or vacuum the floor
- hug someone who looks sad or upset
To help encourage this behaviour on a regular basis, I’ve created a printable “good Karma card”. Once the child has completed 10 good deeds or acts of kindness they will get a reward. Get your good karma cards here.
Now get those kids out there and lets help make the world a kinder and nicer place to live.
Print out these cards for all the good deeds your children do.