My girls love to make bracelets with beads. We cut off the elastic that connects new shoes together. If you cut it on one side of the knot, it is ready to add the beads, then cut to the length needed, leaving an inch to tie ends together. The bracelet is sturdy, doesn’t break easily and most larger beads, eg. pony beads fit on nicely. The bracelet then stretches to fit over their wrists.
Robin, Mom of 2