Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial

starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial!

Big news! The Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial is now available as an Amazon e-book!

It’s only $2.99 and with the e-book version, you can take this handy step-by-step guide wherever you’re going to be folding! For an excellent crafty gift, give the e-book along with a pack of Starburst. The purchased book can be read on the iPad, Kindle, e-reader, or your computer screen so it’s portable and versatile.

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Have you been wondering how to make the amazing bracelets from Starburst wrappers? A simple folding method, plus some finishing tips, will help you make your very own Starburst bracelet. It looks like a lot of steps, but after you’ve made a few links you’ll have the folding method memorized. The average bracelet takes 30-36 Starburst wrappers, so save up! Ask friends to unwrap carefully and “donate”, and to avoid candy binges and sugar highs, unwrap all your Starbursts and save them in a ziploc bag for later. You can save money by buying Starbursts in bulk from Amazon.

If you’re clever, you can make this bracelet from any rectangular wrapper: dum dum wrappers, tootsie roll wrappers, most gum wrappers, now and laters… be creative, there are lots of options!

Keep in mind that when you have finished, you need the bracelet to be big enough to slide on and off your wrist without too much trouble. Because of the folding method, the bracelet will stretch slightly, so this shouldn’t be much of a problem.., but be careful. This is the only tutorial that contains the ending method that blends in with the rest of the bracelet; it’s very tricky but entirely feasible.

Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

Step 1
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Take your first wrapper… and flip it over.
I know, it’s tricky.

Step 2
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Fold (hot dog) one side in to the halfway point.

Step 3
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Fold (hot dog) the other side to the halfway point.

Step 4
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Next, fold (hot dog) the whole thing in half so the raw edges you just folded are on the inside crease.

Step 5
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Fold (hot dog) in half again.

Step 6
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Fold (hamburger) in half.

Step 7
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Fold (hamburger) one side to the halfway point.

Step 8
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Fold (hamburger) the other side to the halfway point. Steps 1-8 give 1 completed link.

Repeat steps 1-8 with the next wrapper.




Step 9
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Insert points 1 and 2 into slots A and B, so it looks like this:
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial

Step 10
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And pull it through.

Step 11
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Continue making links (steps 1-8) and adding them on (steps 9 & 10)…

Step 12
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
… until you begin to build up a chain.

Step 13
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Once you have reached the desired length… this is where it gets tricky.

Step 14
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Make one more link the same way as the others (steps 1-8), but then unfold the last two folds. Insert these raw edges into the same spots in the “V”.

Step 15
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Pull the two ends of the bracelet close together, and hold the edges of your long “V” over both edges of the end of the other side.

Step 16
starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial
Insert the raw edges into the first wrapper. You’re doing the same thing we’ve been doing, but backwards. That’s the easiest way to think about it. It’s hard to photograph and explain, but if you’re making it look like all the other links, you’re doing it right.

Step 17
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Pull ends through until you reach the original folded point, and tuck the raw edges into the previous wrapper, so it looks just like the other wrappers in the chain.
tip!   At this point, I find it helpful to use a paperclip or similar item to push the wrappers through. This is the trickiest part, and will require a bit of fiddling.

starburst bracelet!

And you’re done! Congratulations!

I’d love to see pictures or hear about your bracelet-making adventures! Leave a comment below or send me a picture of your new bracelet!


659 Responses

  1. mamogram says:

    this helps alot thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

  2. janell says:

    how thank you so much. I still dont get the ending but i will try.

  3. So cute tutorial for kids. thanks a lots

  4. Kittters says:

    Hey this i an aweaome idea

  5. Kye says:

    This was fun, but I didn’t have enough starburst wrappers. I bought the king size starburst too, so I don’t know why I didn’t have enough. How many did you use to make yours?

  6. Nikki says:

    Awesome idea! Though- you’ll have to make it pretty big because it is not stretchy so it has to fit over your hand and thick part of your wrist…

    • MADwRAPPER says:

      nothing says you have to loop the ends together BEFORE you put it on your wrist. wrap it around your wrist first, then tie the bracelet off — like EVERY bracelet besides sillybandz.

  7. Alaina says:

    If I wanted to use magazine paper instead of starburst wrappers, what are the lenghts each piece should be?

  8. mel says:

    Fab bracelet!!!! go well with the malteser wrapper dress. check out

  9. Braden C says:

    Thank you sooo much! This is soo cool! Im making them for all of my friends and now Im more poular at my school now, and everyone says hi to me!

  10. herb says:


  11. himanshu says:

    hey this really is a superb gift for anyone’s mate…really a nyc hand made gift…..:).. i m trying to make it ..not get the ending but vl try..

  12. Amy says:

    I would like to know about how many it takes to make one of these bracelets. I love the idea though.

  13. Hetvi says:

    Hi, Can I use this idea for my gcse coursework? I think its a brilliant idea.

  14. Kevin says:


    Just wanted to say that we LOVE your site! You are very talented and offer a lot of insightful advice. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge!

    We have just started a website to raise money for education selling bracelets. Please stop by, as we would love to get your feedback, and maybe ideas for improvement. The site is brand new, and thus a work in progress, but we know that someone as experienced as you could be valuable. Perhaps we can forge some sort of partnership to aid each other. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself here, no pressure, we are just letting you know about the new site, and would love your feedback if you ever get a chance (we know you must busy with these beautiful creations).

    All the best,


  15. Lilli says:

    wow! this is so fun i love it i am in the middle of making one and it is coming out great! it is such a great idea to not throw out the wrappers and use them to make really cool bracelets. did you know that you can make these out of gum wrappers too? well thanks for the great website!

    i hope there is more to come


  16. Veronique says:

    This was a great explanation. I couldn’t make one though, it was too hard for me

  17. Kayla says:

    do you think there is a more simple way to do the ending!? I just cant get it!:/

    • Sam says:

      Kayla – some people have said they paperclip or staple the ends, you could even just tape it if you want! It’s just like paper, so there are tons of options.

  18. Dawn says:

    I saw today in Walmart that they had bags of Starburst in themes….one was called “Fave Reds” and gave you only the cherry, strawberry, and watermelon flavors…would make a great color combination for a bracelet…just shades of red and pink.

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  20. Michelle says:

    Love the idea and so did my kids. We used the flavored tootsie roll wrappers as well as the starburst wrappers.

  21. andi says:

    ive done it and i didnt use starburst i used hershey nugget wrappers cut in half it made an awesome shiny purple black and orange bracelet!!! thank you so much XD

  22. Carley says:

    I really like the bracelet it is tricky to make but turns out really cute. But of course yours turned out 10x better.:)

  23. Anonymous says:

    i started making these about a week ago and im now selling them and giving 100% of prophets to a charity that will buy clothing and food for children in africa on Christmas :) thank you so much!!

    • bill says:

      do you live in africa??? just curious because Im sure there are people in your own neighborhood who could use the charitable contibutions just as badly…

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is so hard!!!!!

  25. Amanda says:

    Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  26. Carol says:

    I’m 63 years old and we did these with gum wrappers when I was in Junior High (Middle School). You were supposed to make them as long as the height of a boy you liked. I could tell you something fun to do with marbles that’s old (just like the wrapper chain) but can become new.

    • Samantha says:

      what did you do with the marbles

    • Teresa says:

      I’d love to hear about old things (like marbles) made fun and new again. My kids like to recycle and I remember my grandmother saving all her wrapping paper and recycling all the time (before it was a popular thing to do). We like to be creative!

    • linda says:

      Hi, I am 53 and when I was in grade school I made a 12 inch piece of this project, sent it to a company named “Hitschler”. This was over in Germany. With the chain I suggested to them they make a contest of who could make the longest chain. They sent me a huge package of gums and candys and thanked me for the idea. I never saw anything about a contest. But it was fun.

  27. Sara says:

    Hi! I added your nice tuto in my blog!


  28. Sania says:

    i love your nailpolish at pics of (step 15) its awesum from where did u buy it? :) :p ;)

  29. Crafty-Kid says:

    These are fantastic!
    It took 2 and a half packages of starbursts, but it was fun, time consuming, and something to keep my idle hands busy!
    i really enjoyed making it and i plan on making more with different candy wrappers!

  30. Elmo Poopy says:

    This is so much fun. Its super easy once you get the hang of it too. I love making these!!!!!

  31. Jessica says:

    this is soo cool i better start eating some starburst !.. lol

  32. Jessica says:

    this is sooo amazing, can we use skittle wrappers cut to look like starburst wrappers?? hey sam, you should make a starburst wrapper headband, like one of those slip on ones, that would be soooo cool

  33. Courtney says:

    I loved making this! It took me forever to collect enough wrappers but it was well worth the wait. I will make more out of these.

  34. Nothy Lane says:

    I love this! I’m going to surprise my class with starbursts and then make a few bracelets! How cool! (then I will have to raffle them off…)

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