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Making Stretchy Bracelets

Q. I'm hosting a bridal shower and we want to make an easy jewelry project. What do you recommend?

A. Stretchy bracelets are fun beginner projects and they make great party favors for bridal showers, birthday parties and other girly gatherings because they don't require any expertise.

You can offer a variety of beads and charms that your guests can choose and string, and then show everyone how to tie the ends in a square or figure-eight knot. I always recommend that people add a drop of jeweler's cement to the knot, let it dry, then tuck it inside the nearest bead if possible. Remember that stretchy bracelets aren't meant to last forever, but they're fun while they last!

-Katie Hacker for Beadalon