Popsicle sticks (I like the wider ones best)
Washi tape, markers, paint, stickers, rhinestones, or anything else you’d like to embellish with
Cups and glasses that are the same width as you would like your bracelets to be
Emory board or sand paper
Allow the popsicle sticks to sit in water overnight. Once they have become completely saturated, it is simple enough to curve them to fit into the top of a drinking glass.
Note: The success rate for unsplit popsicle sticks is about 60%.
Bring a medium/large pot of water to a boil. Boil the popsicle sticks in the water for an hour. After an hour, turn the heat off.
Note: The success rate for unsplit popsicle sticks is about 80%.
Either way works well and if you aren’t picky , your success rate might be better. The sticks are cheap, so it is okay with a bit of error.
Remove one stick from the water using tongs, and place on a dish towel. When the stick is cool enough to handle, hold onto each end and slowly bend. Keep bending the wood slowly until it is the desired bracelet shape.
Place the stick in a cup to hold its shape- the smaller the diameter of the cup, the smaller the bracelet, the wider the cup, the wider the bracelet.
Leave the bent popsicle sticks in the glasses/cups overnight, and until they are completely dry. Once completely dry, remove from the glass, and decorate- this is the fun part!
Use an emory board to sand them so that all edges and paint surfaces are smooth.Then use acrylic paints to paint in designs. Re-wetting the sticks with paint will cause them to open up a bit (use a glass with such a small opening).
Wrap washi tape around the bracelet, and then fill away the excess tape from the sides with a nail file. Much less messy than paint, and faster too!
Another option for the bracelets would be to decoupage using scrapbooking paper.
You could also stick or glue on rhinestones, stickers, or use markers to decorate as well. Glitter would be fun too!
Or you could quill it, or apply fabric, or sequins, or pompoms, whatever your crazy mind or your ingenious children come up with.