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He Made, She Made: Papier-Mache Bracelet

I always made my teacher's gifts. I painted pictures, made stationery, designed necklaces. I actually pictured my teachers' homes covered in my artwork. (And I made enough to wallpaper a few rooms!) Also, my mom was a teacher and she once got the coolest gift from a student: a handmade papier maché bracelet painted red with a hopscotch design layered over that. It was so spectacular, and totally original!

You'll need:

  • A 3" cylinder to form the bracelet around (the bottom of a 20 oz. soda bottle should work, as long as it's big enough to fit a hand through.)
  • Acrylic paint, mixing cups, and a variety of brushes
  • Plastic wrap
  • Papier mâché (Use the recipe from FamilyFun.com.)
Instructions:

1. Make the papier mâché according to the recipe.

2. Wrap the bottom of the soda bottle with plastic wrap so your bracelet will slide off the bottle easily.

3. Layer strips of papier mâché around the bottle in a bracelet shape. (Make sure the bottle you choose is at least an inche bigger than the circumference of an adult's wrist.)

4. After letting the papier mâché dry overnight, you are ready to paint. You can paint the bracelet schoolhouse red, and then add a hopscotch pattern on top of it. Or, you can make the bracelet look like a row of books is wrapped around it, or you could paint it school bus yellow, and then add ruler markings around it with black paint.

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