For Valentine's Day, I used this tutorial to make gumball necklaces for the girls and women at work. It was a lot of fun and they all seemed to enjoy it.
Because it was easy enough, I decided to try it again for St. Patrick's Day, but with a slight twist.
I'm going to be flying on a plane tomorrow, and I didn't want to be wearing a bulky necklace at the airport. So I thought I'd try a bracelet instead.
Here's how I did it:
Small green gumballs, available at Michael's for 2.99 a bag, I got the lime and green apple colors.
Thin craft ribbon, also available at Michael's for .50 a spool, I bought four spools in a couple colors
Needle large enough for your ribbon
Awl or Metal Skewer
Sidenote: In the necklace tutorial, she says to use a metal skewer, but because I couldn't find one, I ended up using a small awl. Anything thin, round and pointy should work; this is where my natural curiosity came in handy!
Thread the ribbon through your needle and slide through your gumball.
If you want, you can knot the ribbon on both sides of your gumball to keep it from sliding.
Continue until your bracelet is the desired length, and tie in a pretty bow.
Use fewer gumballs and braid the sides of the bracelet.
Make a necklace instead of a bracelet, or a matching set.
Use both colors on a bracelet: you can create a pattern, or use a single ball of one color on a strand of the second for a strong contrast.
I ended up making a few different styles, just because it's so simple and makes a pretty bracelet.
Hope you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!