We’re just a few days off from summer vacation and I know it’s going to be hectic for lots of parents like myself. I have four kids, one with special needs, so summer requires a lot of balancing for me. By the second week I have a house full of bored kids constantly calling me for EVERYTHING! Recently I started to make bead bracelets to help me when I’m stressed and I need to just clear my mind. While browsing the internet I found Morse Code or Hidden Code jewelry and I knew it would be the perfect craft to make with my daughter specially during the summer months.
I love the idea of a hidden message bracelet because it’s a great way to include yourself in your pieces. The hidden message is also a great conversation starter as well because I’m sure people will ask about what is says once you let them know it’s a code on the message.
It’s also an educational for my daughter to learn more about Morse Code while making fun jewelry she can keep or share with her friends. I’m learning as well with the more pieces we create, some of the letters I know off the top of my head compared to when we started and I didn’t know any of the letters.
If you’ve never made your own jewelry before you may have to head out and purchase some supplies. However craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s all carry a huge selection of beads and supplies. You can even snag items at Walmart. I’ve created a shopping list for Amazon, just in case you prefer to shop that way.
I choose my colors based on the Disney Princess name I was planning on using. I found a cool color scheme Pinterest board for all the princesses so it made it so much easier.
Creating the bracelet was very easy. Once I picked the princess I found the morse code spelling of her name and created the plan for the bracelet. Since I was using stretch cord I added additional beads at both ends. You can create this bracelet with memory wire as well and chose whether or not you want beads at the end. String is also a great option with stop beads to keep the beads from moving.
My bracelet reads from left to right and I separated each letter with a black seed bead. Spacer beads are a great way to make your bracelet longer so you need fewer beads at the ends if you plan on using them.
I’ve listed the Morse Code for some of my favorite princesses but with the chart above you can create the name for any princess on your own. You’ll have lots of beads left over once you create your bracelet so you can create pieces over and over all summer.
If you give this easy craft a try be sure to stop by and let me know what you made. You can share with me on Facebook at Nicki’s Couponing Tips, Twitter at @nostephens and Instagram at @nostephens. I can’t wait to see your projects and happy jewelry making.