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Table of Contents
                            Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Project 1: Creative Marbles
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Spin-offs
	Adaptations
Project 2: Melted Crayon Bookmarks
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Spin-offs
	Adaptations
Project 3: Pressed Flower Note Cards
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Spin-offs
Project 4: Blank Books
	Prep Work
	Directions
Project 5: Layered Fabric Collages
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Adaptations
Project 6: Coasters and Trivets
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Spin-offs
	Adaptations
Project 7: Rubber Band Bracelets and Necklaces
	Prep Work
	Directions: Without Bead
	Directions: Adding a Bead
	Add-ons (optional)
	Spin-offs
	Adaptations
Project 8: Mosaic Tile Jewelry
	Prep Work for Session 1
	Directions for Session 1
	Prep Work for Session 2
	Directions for Session 2
	Spin-offs
Project 9: Woven Paper Baskets
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Spin-offs
	Adaptations
Project 10: Vinyl Totes
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Spin-offs
	Adaptations
Project 11: T-shirt Reconstruction
	Prep Work
	Directions
Project 12: Book Pillows
	Prep Work
	Directions
	Adaptations
Appendix: Supplies, Tools, and Project Materials
	Supplies and Tools List
	Project Materials List
Glossary
	Techniques
	Tools and Materials
Resources
	Books
	Websites
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Document Text Contents
Page 1

The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to

Teen
Craft Projects

Tina Coleman
and Peggie Llanes

Foreword by Heather Booth

Page 2

The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to
Teen

Craft Projects

Tina Coleman
and Peggie Llanes

Foreword by Heather Booth

American Library Association
Chicago 2009

Page 52

Project 7Rubber Band Bracelets
and Necklaces

43

Finished rubber band jewelry

TheSe RuBBeR BaND bracelets and necklaces are a simple, inexpensive, no-
mess craft. The simplicity of the project allows for easy socializing among
teens and little supervision once it is under way. This feature also makes the
project easy to use in any existing crafting programs you may have planned.
The basic supplies required make this project easy to work into programs
dealing with recycling or environmentalism.

Depending on the rubber bands you use, these bracelets and necklaces
will eventually deteriorate, although they should last for about six months,
depending on how dry or brittle they get.

A printable one-page instruction sheet for this program is available on the
book’s website: www.ala.org/editions/extras/Coleman09713.

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30–60 minutes
Supervision: Light
Group Size: 6–8 teens
Mess Factor: None (unless

there’s a spontaneous rubber

band fight)

Supplies and Tools

dowels or pencils (1 for each
participant)

Materials

beads (must have large holes) small rubber bands (the best are the
small “no-tangle” hair bands that are
usually available in packs of 100)

Room Requirements

table
wastebasket

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44 rubber Band Bracelets and Necklaces

Prep Work

Getting the Project Ready

Put rubber bands and beads in containers large enough for participants to see
what colors are available and take what they need. You may want to whip up
a sample so teens can see how the project is supposed to look. You may want
to have photocopies of the instructions available at the table as well.

Getting the Room Ready

Put the supplies out on a large table in your teen or YA
area and let participants come and go as they please.
Each participant will need a short dowel or pencil to use
as an anchor.

There are two variations on this project that require
different steps, so you’ll want to choose between them at
the beginning.

Directions: Without Bead

Step 1: Beginning the Chain

Fold a rubber band around the dowel or pencil so you
have two loops, one on either side of the dowel.

Step 2: Extending the Chain

Thread a second rubber band through these two loops
and pull it forward so you have another two loops.
Essentially you are creating a chain with rubber bands.
The dowel will act as an anchor on one end.

Continue adding rubber bands until you get the length
of chain that you want (necklace, bracelet, anklet, etc.).

Step 3: Closing the Chain

When you have the desired length, you’re ready to
close off your chain. Slip the ends off the dowel or pen-
cil carefully, making sure your chain doesn’t unravel.
You should have two loops at either end of your chain.
Gather all four loops together and thread a new rubber
band through all four. Instead of leaving the loops at the
end of this new rubber band, pull one loop through the
other to create a knot. Pull tightly. Done!

Folding the rubber band around the pencil
to make the first link

Slipping the rubber band through the loop
ends of the first link to make the second link

Continuing the chain

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