Cinco de Mayo Mexican Bean Bracelet Eco-friendly Craft

May 3, 2012
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Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and in honour of the holiday we thought we’d make a Mexican themed eco-friendly craft. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride and commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. Crafting is a great way to get kids involved in a holiday or celebration. The best part about the Mexican bean bracelets we’re making is that you have everything on hand to make this cute jewelry.

This great green children’s craft is courtesy of collegepark.macaronikid.com. Let’s get crafting.

(image credit: collegepark.macaronikid.com)

Materials Needed:

• Empty toilet paper roll
• Black, silver, or gold paint (this will be the “metal” of your bracelet) or you can cover it with scrap construction paper
• Paint brush or sponge
• Scissors
• Glue
• Dried beans in lots of colors

Directions:

1. Take your toilet paper roll and cut it lengthwise. Then cut it in thirds. This will make three cuff bracelets.

2. Now you can paint the bracelet. You can make it silver, gold, or black. Or you can cover the toilet paper roll in scrap construction paper from your craft bin.

3. After the paint is dry, you are ready to glue on your “stones”. We used liquid glue but hot glue would work great also with older children. Add your beans in patterns or randomly. Make it just the way you want. When is glue is dry you are ready to wear your Mexican jewelry!

When decorating your bracelet, keep in mind the colours of the Mexican flag red, green, white and yellow. As you can see, even with a simple eco-friendly craft project, the decorating possibilities are endless so encourage kids to add their own personal flair. This DIY project allows children to use their creativity and it’s a great way to keep them busy on a rainy afternoon.

These Mexican Bean Bracelets are a fun project to make any time of the year and would even compliment last week’s shoebox banjo eco-friendly craft. Remember, children should be supervised when crafting and the beans should be kept away from young children as they pose a choking hazard. Have fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo with this easy green craft.
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