You Will Need ...
1. Colored Straws

2. Elastic String

3. Scissors

4. Buttons

5. Ruler

6. Duct Tape

Step 1:

Take your straws and snip 1 inch pieces by holding against a ruler for measurement. The size of your bracelet will determine the amount of beads you will need.

Step 2:

For our sample bracelet, I ended up using two different colored straws and cut 22 - 1 inch pieces.

Step 3:

You need to measure out approximately 5 feet of elastic cord. The easy way to do this is go down the full length of a 12 inch ruler 5 times.

Step 4:

Fold the elastic in half. Create a small loop at one end and tie off.

Step 5:

Take the loose ends of the elastic and separate them. Choose your first bead and string through the top of the left elastic. Next take your right elastic and string through the bottom of the same bead, crossing the two strings.

Step 6:

Pull your bead all the way up to the loop. It should look like a paint roller when you're done with first bead

Step 7:

Repeat Step 5 for every single bead.

Step 8:

Keep going and 22 beads later, you are almost done!

Step 9:

Once complete, take your elastic and tie off the end at least twice for strength. You can leave it like this or add a button closure.

Step 10:

For a button closure - Just like we did with the beads, pull one string in and then the second, criss-crossing and tie off.

Step 11:

Tie the knot at least 4 times to make sure it stays nice and secure.

Step 12:

Snip off any excess elastic.

Step 13:

All done! The button should fit neatly into the loop.

Step 14:

Quick tip: You can make this bracelet in many different size by varying the length of the elastic and the number of beads. In order to estimate how much elastic you will need, calculate the width of the bead ( say,1 inch) by the number of beads ( In this case, 22) and multiply that number by 2.

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