1 You will need to make 5 colored beads for each bracelet: gold or yellow, red, black, white and green.
2 To make each bead you will need one long triangle (10 inches by ½ inch).
For your convenience, we have provided 2 different templates.
(You only need to use one of these templates.)
For printing on colored papers.
(Print 1 on each colored paper: yellow, red, black, white, green.)
For printing on white papers.
3 Cut out the triangles.
4 Roll the beads.
Starting with the base of the triangle, roll it around a toothpick. The toothpick must be thicker than your cord. If you are using a thicker cord, look for something thicker (e.g. a lollipop stick) to roll the beads.
Try to roll as tightly as possible, so that the bead will not unravel by itself later on.
Roll evenly to make the finished bead symmetrical.
5 Glue the beads.
When you have almost reached the end of the triangle (about 2 inches from the tip), apply glue to the tip of the triangle. Then finish rolling.
Once the glue is set, gently remove the bead from the toothpick.
6 If you want to make your beads last longer, you can paint a thin layer of varnish or transparent nail polish over them.
(Young children may not be able to manage this step, and the varnish/nail polish will take some time to dry.)