Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. We have been traveling for the holidays and trying to get organized after all the holiday fun. Luckily it was time for the #BringOnTheCrafts Blog Hop to get me going again! This month’s theme is glitter and I was so excited to try a new project. I couldn’t wait to make these Glitter Tube Bracelets for all of Graylie’s classmates for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately it wasn’t as successful as I had planned but I thought I would go ahead and share it with you!
On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces. Together with their hosts Marie & Aleisha from The Inspiration Vault and Habiba from Craftify My Love they bring you the #BringontheCrafts blog hop. Each blogger creates a fun craft or DIY project to share that goes with a monthly theme. January’s theme is Glitter. Each blogger chooses their own craft or project to make as long as they love it and it’s Glitter themed.
Meet our January Co-hosts!
Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts
Heather from Glitter on a Dime • Debra from Shoppe No. 5
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These glitter tube bracelets remind of bracelets we had growing up! Graylie is all about anything sparkly and glittery. That is why we thought this might be the perfect Valentine project for us. We really enjoyed making Glitter Crayon Hearts together last year so I was excited to think this might become a little tradition.
For this craft we used the following supplies:
- Baby Oil
- E6000 Craft Adhesive
- Mini Funnel
- 1/4″ clear vinyl tubing
- 3/8″ clear vinyl tubing
I ordered my vinyl tubing from Amazon, but my husband let me know this can be found in the plumbing section at Lowe’s or Home Depot. It might be cheaper there if you are planning to try a few bracelets. I had intended to make about 15 bracelets so I thought I would need a lot.
After you have all your supplies, cut 1/4″ tubing for how large you want the bracelet to be. Then cut a one inch piece of the 3/8″ tubing. This will be used as the connector. Insert one end of the 1/4″ tubing into the connector and apply adhesive into the open end. I let this dry for several hours before continuing.
Once the adhesive has dried, add the glitter using the mini funnel. I filled a little over half of the tube with glitter. I used a couple of different styles of glitter. The fine glitter did not seem to work as well as the chunkier glitter.
Mix 1 Tablespoon of Water with 1 Tablespoon of the Baby Oil. Then use a medicine dropper to insert the mixture into the tube. The baby oil should help the flow of the glitter throughout the bracelet.
This next part is what I found tricky! Insert adhesive into the connector and bring both ends together. I had a hard time getting the ends to stay together. I think I had made my first bracelet too small. It may help to tape the bracelet while the adhesive is taking effect.
We just didn’t feel confident that the bracelets would stay together. I decided not to make them for Graylie’s classmates for that reason. They are preschoolers after all. I can see them breaking it apart and that would be a horrible mess! It was a fun project though and I enjoyed making something new and different.
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The bracelets are so pretty. Maybe you can try again when the girls are older and not so hard on things. They look like fun to make.
Glitter On A Dime says
Thanks Debra! That is a great idea!
I think they turned out great! But I totally can understand your worry of those darling preschoolers taking them apart while playing. Oil & glitter everywheeeeere!!! Love the glitter crayon harts, too.