When the original KumiKreator was released last year, it was originally just about making friendship bracelets in the Japanese Kumihomo style. But with the Cool Maker 2-in-1 KumiKreator, now kids can make threaded bracelets and necklaces with just one machine. And it's so easy to do. There are enough supplies for making five bracelets and two necklaces, and you can choose from seven different styles.
What makes this so easy is the KumiKreator machine. You load spools of thread into the machine according to the pattern you've chosen or a pattern of your own design. Once the spools are secured in the holders and the string has been pulled up and attached through the purple loop and white string slot, you're ready to go. Push down the white tab on the KumiKreator arm and turn the handle to watch the spools of thread spin around into a braid. You'll know it's done when the red lines on the KumiKreator arm meet. Then, you use clasp stickers to keep both ends secure while you remove the bracelet from the unit, cut off excess thread, and attach clasps for wearing.
Things are a little different if you're making a necklace because you're using more string to create a longer braid. But the instructions are very clear about what you need to do. For a necklace, you can even add a tassel, created by inserting the trimmed string ends from the necklace into a tassel base and clicking a charm on top. The tassel charm then gets strung onto the necklace.
As with the original KumiKreator, making friendship bracelets and now necklaces is easy to do. Kids will like the variety of braided designs they can create, as well as the ability to wear and show off their DIY accessories. Sure, getting everything set up takes a little bit of time and patience, but once you start turning the handle and watching your bracelet or necklace braid right before your eyes, it will all be worth it.
This new KumiKreator is for creative kids ages 8 and up.
The set includes a Cool Maker KumiKreator, 60 spools, seven clasps, 14 end caps, two tassel charms, two tassel bases, two clasp sticker sheets, two design booklets, a bracelet measuring guide, and instructions.Refills are sold separately.
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