A Kid’s Craft: Gum Wrapper Bracelets & Bookmarks!

Yesterday I spent the morning in my son’s 4th grade class and I taught the kids gum-wrapper folding…Well, actually, an easier version with half as many folds! We used scrapbook paper, which is thicker than gum wrappers so it was perfect with fewer folds. Here are some of the projects we made:

DCF 1.0

For the large bookmark I used strips of paper that were 8 1/2″x1″ and for the bracelets I used strips that were 1/3″x4″. I wanted to work with a 4″ length because I could get the most strips from my 12″x12″ scrapbook paper with no waste. If you want to know the equation for figuring out how long and wide a paper needs to be, multiply the width of the strip by 8.5  or 9 if the paper is thick, or less than 1/2″ wide. Alternatively you can take the length of the paper and divide it by 9 to get the width. Don’t worry if it is too thick, you can snip a sliver off if you need too. Why an I explaining all of this? just watch the video!

So, at the end of the video I show you how to fold the paper with real gum wrappers, you can use candy wrappers too! That’s right, start saving your Starburst, Tootsie Pop and bubble gum wrappers and make yourself some snazzy stuff! BTW if the wrappers are square just cut them in half before you fold them:) Any paper will work for this; magazines, maps, scrapbook paper scraps, origami paper and even wrapping paper!

It did me good to craft with the children yesterday. They were so sharp and patient and creative not to mention polite! I would volunteer in that classroom any day  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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8 Responses

  1. WOW!! did you bring back great memories from 50 yrs ago…great thing is another one to put in my grandchildren memory is grandma teaching them to do this with her…thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS

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  2. Wonderful project for the kids…and some adults too! Honestly Lindsay, your site is a ‘Must View’ for all teachers!!! TFS
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  3. Sure brings back memories!

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  4. You just never cease to amaze me with all your nifty ideas!

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  5. Many years ago I had children make a garland for the Christmas tree with left over Christmas gift wrap. It took them from Thanksgiving until nearly Christmas!

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  6. Ahh, brought back many memories from where I used to do these in High School. We had contests to see who would make the longest chain. Thanks for the memories!!

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  7. I remember making these bracelets when I was a kid!! So cool! :)

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  8. This brings back fun memories! They look great Lindsay.

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