After School Stretch Bracelets ~ 

We just finished up a really fun year of monthly jewelry making visits to the after-school programs at some of our Santa Rosa schools. This project came about because we wanted to do something to give back to our community. It seemed best to work with what we know, so jewelry making was a no-brainer. We got in touch with our local Boys & Girls Club and we were off and running!

Actually, there were hoops to jump through - such as finger-printing, background checking, TB testing, and orientations, but - after all of that was done we were off and running!

Happy Jewelry Makers

Our age groups were primary grades up to middle school, so we chose a project that anyone could do. We gathered up some colorful 8mm acrylic beads, opposed loop symbol charmsspacers and 1mm stretch cord and organized it all into a portable and easy-to-set-up classroom kit.

Easy Stretch Bracelets

In the kits we included our HeartPawFat BirdTreeNorth Star, and Triple Spiral Charms. 

The Paw Charm was a Favorite!

Our classrooms always varied, depending on how many kids and what kind of furniture was available. This one was a perfect set up for 16 kids.

Classroom Set-up

We especially loved the classroom we used at the last school we visited. They called it the Maker Space and it was full of inspiring messages!

The two lines that are hard to read said "We Solve" and "We Reflect". Loved it!

We'll definitely repeat this project next year. It was a wonderful collaboration with our school and a treat to teach kids some basic jewelry making.

Yours in jewelry making adventure,