Every kid knows that you have to have something green on St. Patrick’s Day, but lately rainbows have also become a big part of the fun. Today we’re showing you how to make a simple rainbow headband, complete with a stripe of green to keep would-be pinchers at bay.
This is a great activity to do together with younger kids, or to let bigger kids take the lead. In fact, once your child learns the basics of jewelry making, there’s a good chance it may become her new favorite hobby.
You Will Need:
- One strand each of seed beads in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
- One clover charm (we found ours in the bead section of the local craft store)
- 20 pounds of monofilament fishing line
- 12 gold-tone crimp beads
- Two gold-tone jump rings
- Flat nose jeweler’s pliers
- Elastic or an elastic hair band
The number of beads that you use on each strand of the headband depends on the size of your child’s head; however, the elastic component will give you some wiggle room. Hold one of the strands up to your child’s head and estimate how many beads you will need to complete half the headband, from the charm to about an inch below her ear.
To begin, string like-colored beads onto a piece of the fishing wire, leaving about 3 inches of open wire on each side. You should now have six strands of beads — one red, one orange, one yellow, etc.
Start with your red strand of beads and carefully slide a crimp bead onto one of the ends.
Then fold the wire back and through one of the jump rings to create a loop. Thread it back through the crimp bead.
Use the flat nose pliers to smash the crimp bead flat. This will secure the wire. Trim the wire tail so that it’s as long as about two and a half beads and thread it into the hole in the beads to make it disappear.
Repeat this process for the orange and yellow bead strands so that all three strands are connected to the same jump ring.
Connect the green, blue and purple bead strands to a jump ring in the same way.
Use the flat nose pliers to open the jump ring and loop it through the clover charm. Then use the pliers to securely close the jump ring.
Connect the other end of the red, orange, and yellow strands to another shared jump ring, using the same technique as you just used. This time, you’ll want to be sure to thread the tail end of the wire into the beads before smashing the crimp bead so that there’s no extra space left on the wire for the beads to slide around.
Repeat this process with the green, blue and purple strands.
The final step is to loop the elastic through the jump rings on each end of the headband and tie it in a knot. If you don’t have elastic, you could also use an elastic hair band.
Your headband is now ready for your child to wear — and to keep her safe from pinchers on St. Patrick’s Day!