Source: Moose Toys

Moose Toys is encouraging kids to reconnect with their besties in real life by making and exchanging custom, gem-covered friendship bracelets. To celebrate National Friendship Day on Aug. 1, the company is launching Blingle Bands, a new craft kit series that combines diamond painting with wearable accessories. Kids ages 7 and up can follow the included templates or create their own designs by sticking colorful gems to the bracelet bands using a “dip, dot, bling” process.

The Blingle Bands Deluxe Studio and Starter Pod | Source: Moose Toys

To celebrate the launch of this new bling-based craft, Moose Toys is hosting a special event at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 1, in partnership with The Boys & Girls Club of Venice. At the event, kids can create their own Blingle Bands to wear and share, take photos, and explore an interactive chalk exhibition. Actress Sky Katz will also be at the event and will share a series of Blingle Bands tips on social media.

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Blingle Bands will be available online and in stores at major retailers nationwide. At launch, there will be three kits available: The Bestie Pack ($4.99) has materials for a set of matching bracelets, the Starter Pod ($9.99) is designed for on-the-go bracelet making with a portable case, and the Deluxe Studio ($19.99) has enough materials to make eight bracelets.

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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley is a senior editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covers all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.