Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial

starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial!

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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
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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
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Fold (hamburger) in half.

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

Step 8
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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
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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
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Continue making links (steps 1-8) and adding them on (steps 9 & 10)…

Step 12
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… 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
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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
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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
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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. Alyssa says:

    Do you have to fold it the hot dog way twice, or can you get away with just folding it once?

    • Sam says:

      You have to fold it twice – otherwise they won’t be able to fit together later! it’s all about proportions.

  2. Nina says:

    It took me a little while to get the hang of this, but it’s really fun! I’m planning to make a bunch of chains and sew them to make a purse.

  3. Beth says:

    I remember making these chains out of gum wrappers. My fav gum was Cloves so my room always smelled great.

  4. Beth says:

    Remember making these chains out of gum wrappers and as cloves was my favorite gum my room always smelled wonderful. Wish I could find some cloves gum again

  5. jess says:

    flashback to 1976 high school-made these like crazy-wish still had, Thanks!Started new one for my high schooler-he will have someday, I will save his-life goes on and on and,

  6. Gramma in Tennessee says:

    Making this bracelet was so much fun. OK, it took me 3 weeks, but I didn’t give it undivided attention & it took me awhile to acquire all the different colors at the grocery store. I was disappointed that all the colors aren’t available all in one bag, but I persevered. My grandkids love the jar of unwrapped Starbursts. I have a button collection, so naturally I drooled over the gift that you received from the blog reader. What a friend she is! Wonderful photos. Have a Super Dooper Day! You bring a smile to my heart. :)

  7. These are so cool! We’re making this our next project with our daughter. I’m not sure whether she’s more excited about the project or the preparation (eating the candy!).

  8. Judee says:

    Thank you so much for the instructions for making the starburst braclet. I to made a chain out of chewing gum wrappers in the 60’s. the chain went around my bedroom and then some. Wish I had kept it like Marianne May 13, 2012 did. I plan to get some starburst, & start one soon!

  9. love says:

    Too many compliments too little space, thanks!

  10. Michelle says:

    So much fun

  11. Nicole says:

    I’m so confused when you combine the links. Can you explain it?

    • phoebe says:

      you put the bent corners part into the 2 loops you have already made in the bracelet and pull through and repeat

  12. Pearl Bracelets UK says:

    Love the idea, some creative individuals in this world!

  13. Michelle@Buy A Sewing Machine says:

    I like the idea of the bracelet!It helps save the environment.I admire those people who does recycling.Thanks for sharing!

    Know The Best Sewing Available on .

  14. Liane says:

    where did yo get blue and green and purple starburst fruit chews wrappers?? i cant find them anywhere!

  15. sandy says:

    Sam! Others are also asking where to get the blue Starbursts. I easily found the green & purple ones, FYI (for Liane). Green & purple are in the Fiesta Starbursts. Most stores carry the Original. Blue, blue, where are you???

    • Jessie says:

      The Blue wrappers are in the wild berry starburst packages :) they sell them all at wal-mart

  16. I must say that this Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial is amazing..I will try this for sure..It is looking nice and is easy to make..One can make it colorful if they want such..

  17. Haha, I remember seeing these a while back, and always wondering how in the heck do you make those things? They are so creative and neat. My daughter will get a kick out of it. Thanks for sharing.

  18. phoebe says:

    i loved making that and it only took me one day!

  19. Rachel says:

    This is a really cool bracelet!!!! I collected some Starburst wrappers and i got a LOT OF THEM! :) (only red yellow orange and pink :( BUT THATS OK!) lol what pattern should i do if i have only those colors? I was thinking red, orange, yellow, then pink.. but what do u guys think would look best?

    btw whoever made this bracelet idea up… YOUR AMAZING!!!!!! :D

  20. JOJO says:

    I am a little confused about how to connect it at the end?

  21. Nick says:

    I thought that this was the coolest wristband in the galaxy and my daughter would love it if I made her one.

  22. Annie says:

    seriously, one of the best ideas out there <3

  23. Arii:3 says:

    I used it like reference to do one with a DinA4 paper… it’s thinner, but it is so cute :3

  24. Arii:3 says:

    I’m using it like reference for make a Starburst Bracelet with a DinA4 paper

  25. Melissa says:


  26. Leonie says:

    Do you in the end just slip on the bracelet or do you actually have to open and close the clasp every time?

  27. Misty says:

    My mom taught me to make these chains from Starburst wrappers when I was six. I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to teach my daughter. I made one that was long enough to stretch from ceiling to floor. My mom had told me a story about her friend and her making one that wrapped around the height and width of a wall several times. Don’t worry too much about how to close the bracelet. Once you get good at making the chain links, it will make sense how to wrap the last link around the first one.
    TIP: Each chain link has one “clean” side and one “messy side.” Connect each link to the last one with the clean side facing down, which means it will face the side that you will put the next link into. It’s much easier to push a link through the clean side than through the messy one.

  28. Moa says:

    What size are the wrappers? We don’t have Starburst where I live and would really like to make these bracelets…

  29. manon says:

    it worked I’ve done it with newspaper. Only the last part (step 15 tm 17) were difficult.

  30. chloe says:

    my wrappers are not long enough :(

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  32. David says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! My daughter didn’t get all the details on how to fold and interlock the links at camp, and was pretty frustrated. I was able to fill in the blanks for her with your instructions and pictures.

  33. Sarah says:

    You can also use “Quench Gum” wrappers (found at your local sports store), also “Dum Dum” lollipop wrappers can be used. It’s fun to get to use different materials. I made one full bracelet with Starburt wrappers and quench gum wrappers.

    I’m 15 and my friend is 13 we got the hang of it within 30secs after we unwrapped all the candy.

    Thank you so much for the instructions!!!!! :D

  34. Roger Davis says:

    Nice post. I really like that chewing gum wrappers chain.

  35. Emmi says:

    This is so cool. I know my next holiday project!

  36. venessa says:

    You can get the very berry flavored starburst and it has blue red pink and purple colors. i love it!

  37. Steve says:

    This is really cool. I’ll have to try it since I love starburst anyway.

  38. Kurt says:

    I ate so many starburst to make this my tummy is killing me!

  39. Sarah says:

    it looks very nice. never thought you can use candy wrappers to make bracelets :)
    Thks for Sarah!

  40. Rebecca says:

    Do they still make green ones?

  41. MAggie says:

    I get stuck on step 7 :(

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