It’s time for another fun, kid-friendly Minecraft craft.
Kids love slap bracelets, especially when they’re decorated to look like a creeper from Minecraft.
Since these are made with duct tape, you can create a DIY slap bracelet featuring any kind of mob or custom skin you like. You just need to have the right color tape and the patience to cut out the tiny pixels.
Today’s Minecraft craft tutorial is offered to you by Gameband, the wearable tech that is a must-have for every Minecraft player. My son Jackson is wearing his Gameband in the photos in this post, and he’s going to be demoing some of the features of it later in this post. I definitely recommend Gameband to parents and grandparents who are looking for unique gift ideas for their tech-savvy kids. You can buy them online from Gameband direct or from Walmart. Gameband is also available in stores at Target, GameStop, Best Buy and Microsoft stores.
But for now, let’s talk about the supplies you’ll need to make your own Minecraft creeper slap bracelet.
- Slap bracelets
- Green duct tape
- Black duct tape sheet
- cutting mat (optional)
- Rotary cutting tool or X-ACTO knife
There are several video tutorials on YouTube that recommend making your own slap bracelets using an old measuring tape. We tried this method first, but couldn’t get the results we wanted, so we opted to take apart a slap bracelet we already had and customize it with duct tape.
You can find slap bracelets at party stores, and you can find kits to make your own at craft stores or online.
Beyond the slap bracelet, you don’t really need any special tools or supplies for this Minecraft craft. But if you’re going to be doing a lot of duct tape craft projects, you might want to invest in a cutting mat, special duct tape scissors and a rotary cutting tool or X-ACTO knife. They make working with duct tape a lot easier!
I think one of these slap bracelets is a must-have accessory for any Minecrafter. And so is Gameband.
Gameband allows you to take your Minecraft worlds with you and play anytime, anywhere on any computer. It has a Minecraft launcher included with the software, which means my son can plug it right into his friends’ computers and keep playing.
That might be the reason for that grin as he heads off for a play date at his pal’s house.
Just plug it into a USB slot on the computer, and it’s game on.
The Gameband also has a backup service that saves your Minecraft worlds to the cloud, so you’re never at risk of losing them, even if your computer crashes.
That’s one of Jackson’s favorite features because he’s invested a lot of creativity and time into creating his worlds. He would be crushed if he lost them.
Another cool feature is the Gameband’s LED screen, which includes a watch, calendar and customizable animations so kids can really let their creativity and personalities shine.
The LED display is powered by an internal battery within the Gameband bracelet, and it charges every time you plug it into your computer. The battery will charge while you play Minecraft from Gameband and will last about two weeks if not being used. The more you play, the more battery you have!
The Gameband comes preloaded with the PixelFurnace app that kids can use to create their own custom animations.
Gameband has step-by-step instructions on how to use the app. Jackson and I also decided to make our own video to demonstrate how easy it is to animate the LED screen on the Gameband.
If you liked today’s Minecraft craft, there’s lots more to come!
Twice a month, I’ll be sharing a new Minecraft-themed project, thanks to Gameband’s sponsorship.
I can’t give too much away yet, but we have a lot of fun ideas in the works, including Minecraft party ideas, kid-friendly craft projects, Minecraft party games, recipes, Minecraft printables, chore charts, giveaways and more. You can find all my Minecraft posts here.
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My grand daughter is a minecraft fan. She would absolutely love to make one of these. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
Atta Girl Amy
Isn’t is amazing how much the kids love Minecraft? My son and his friends could play for hours and they build some really elaborate things.
My tween loves Minecraft, and playing on servers, and making mods. I love your slap bracelet idea– I wish he were a little younger. However, I’m really curious about the app bracelet. Regardless, I’m pinning it to my Minecraft board.
Would it be age appropriate for him– he does online stuff and designing?
Atta Girl Amy
Hi Emily, I definitely think the Gameband would be a good choice for your tween. The 8 to tween demo is really the company’s target market. They make a small and a large version, so there should be one to fit your son’s wrist. And if he’s into making mods and creating different worlds, then he probably would appreciate a way to back them up. I know my son would be heartbroken if he lost his Minecraft worlds. We’ve already had that happen with the iPhone version of the game. That was not a happy day. I’m also going to ask Tara, who is my contact over at Gameband, to comment here about some features of Gameband that might appeal to your son. At 8, my kid hasn’t ventured into mod making yet, so I can’t speak to that much. But I do like the peace of mind of knowing that if the computer crashes or something happens, I won’t have to perform tech support miracles to get his Minecraft worlds back. Oh, and I should say there are actually two different versions of the Gameband — the Redstone version my son has and a limited edition Diamond version. To my knowledge, the features are the same, but the Diamond edition has a different look and a blue LED display instead of red.
Thanks for this, I’m a Beaver scout leader and am always looking for crafts for 6-8year old boys. They all seem to be minecraft obsessed at the moment so I will be definitely looking out for more of your minecraft themed activities.
Atta Girl Amy
Yes, most of the boys (and girls) I know in that age group are obsessed with Minecraft. Did you see my latest post on the Minecraft pencil boxes and other school supplies? That’s definitely something kids that age could make, and they don’t take long — perfect for boys and their short attention spans and their need to be in perpetual motion.
Kristina & Millie
Cute! My kids love anything mine craft, I’m sure they’d love one of these!
Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy
These are just great. I just went on a pinning spree on your site 🙂 You have a lot of things that we are totally into. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Atta Girl Amy
Glad you found so many things that appeal to you and your boys! We boy moms have to stick together! Can’t wait to check out your ideas, as well. I am sure I’ll find lots there that will appeal to my Jackson. I’m definitely checking out your post about book series. He’s a strong reader and loves to read, but we are always looking for new things to keep his interest. It must have adventure and humor and not be boring! And no romance!