I had another blog when I was about 10-11 (that blog is kind of embarrassing so i won't tell you what it's called, but it was on wordpress). I posted this same project, except with different paper. Unfortunately, the picture doesn't show up because I never knew how to upload pictures. Sadly, I lost my last bracelet. I thought it was really cool, and it was. Teachers and friends complimented it. And then, I left it on a bookshelf, and it was stolen. In other words, I lost it. So, here's my new tutorial, complete with accessible pictures. I'm sure some adults have done the same thing with gum wrappers; my dad taught me this, saying he used wrappers. I've tried using gum wrappers, but for me they're just way too small for this project. So...
-2 pieces of 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper (not cardstock, it's too stiff); i got mine from Michaels for 25 cents each paper, so 50 cents for 2 pcs
-scissors, or if you're lucky a paper cutter
-mod podge (optional, but it adds a nice shine and makes it more durable)
1. On one edge going across the top, mark the paper on the back every 2." You should have 5 marks and 6 sections.
2. On the other edge going up and down, mark the paper every 4 and 1/2." You should have two marks and 2 sections.
3. On the edge opposite of the 2" marks, repeat step 1. On the edge opposite of the 4 and 1/2" marks, repeat step 2.
4. Using the ruler, connect the 2" marks together and the 4 and 1/2" marks. You should now have a grid of 2 x 6. See that long piece at the bottom in the 2nd photo? You can trim that off. It'll be about 3" x 12." You can throw it out, but I'd keep it for now.
5. Now cut along the grid lines so you have pieces of paper 4 and 1/2" x 2." I like to crease along the lines and then cut along the creases. Repeat with the other piece of paper so you have a pile of paper like this.
6. Take one piece and fold it in half lengthwise.
Now fold the 2 edges to the center like so...
And now fold it in half again lengthwise.
7. Now fold it in half so there are 2 long 'arms'...
and fold those to the center. You should have this.
Repeat with the other pieces of paper. I needed about 22 pieces, you may need less or more.
8. To connect them, insert the 2 arms into the folds of another piece like so and pull through:
You get this.
9. Repeat with another piece. This is how I do it sometimes, insert one arm and pull it through, and then bend the other one through the other slot.
10. Repeat till it's as long as it goes around your wrist.
11. For the clasp, fold a piece and then unfold the arms.
12. Now put it through the slots like regular, and fold the arms around the first link and into the slots on the other side.
(as you can see, the brown paper, which is the last link, wraps its arms around the first link and you fold them into the slots--that's a view from the top)
13. Mod podge if you wish for a glossy finish and you're done! Makes a cool present, even for non-jewelry wearers-- I'd know because I'm one of them! Have a fantastic week!
(if you can tell in these pictures, the bracelet is giving off a bit of shine from the modpodge :))