It is nearing the end of summer, and kids are getting bored… so bored that they are looking forward to going back to school so that they can see their friends! Help them finish off summer, and make gifts for their friends with these five fast friendship bracelets! If they have a short attention span, they can make a single friendship bracelet, or if they are having fun, they can sit for hours and make stacks of them to wear or give to friends!
The best part about these friendship bracelets – no tiny rubber bands or beads that will get lost or make a mess! Just some Darice Plastic Canvas Cord. This is fabulous stuff, and comes in lots of colors to make friendship bracelets of all kinds!
Friendship bracelets supplies:
The all metallic (on the left) is a little stiffer than the metallic-and-colored, so have both on hand. On some friendship bracelets the stiff metallics work better, and on some the softer works better.
5 Styles of Friendship Bracelets
1. The Four-Strand Braid:
Making friendship bracelets with a regular 3-strand braid is fun… but using four strands makes a fun fishtail bracelet! Use two contrasting colors, and cut about 1 yard of each color. Fold in half, then tie to something secure – a chair or table leg works well.
Start with the two silver on the outside, and the two red on the inside. Cross the silver from the right in to the middle (between the two red). Then cross the silver from the other side. The two silver will make a V.
Making a color-switch bracelet is super simple! Cut two pieces, each about 12″ long. Make a U out of each, with the curve of the Us facing each other.
Put the right side (silver) under the left (green).
Start to pull it snug…
3. Twisted Strand Bracelet:
For the twisted strand friendship bracelets, the softer, multi-colored cord works best. Pick two contrasting colors.
Cut about 12 inches from each, and tie together.
Once you have twisted about a dozen times, grab the knot from the middle and pull to the side, bringing the two strings together. They should twist right up! Tie a knot at the other end to keep the twist in place.
This single-string braided bracelet looks a lot like a braid when finished, but is really a simple finger-crochet stitch. No hooks or special tools required!
Start by tying a knot, but instead of pulling the end through to make the knot, pull a loop through, leaving the end out.
Pull the long end through the loop, making a new loop.
Pull on the new loop to tighten the first loop. Pull on the long end to make the loop smaller. Repeat this process, adding another loop, and another, and another… When your bracelet is long enough. put the end through the loop, and pull tight.
Simple, fast, and fun to make!
5. Knotted Bracelet:
The knotted friendship bracelets are a little harder to make, great for older children!
Start with two contrasting strands, each about 1 yard long. Tie a knot, and secure in place. You can use masking tape to secure it to a table top, or a safety pin to secure it to the hem of your pants leg.
Tie a knot, making sure to have the red on top. Pull the knot tight by extending the laced out to either side.
Keep tying knots, always keeping the red on top. After 4 or 5 knots, you’ll really see the design emerge.
You can also make a pattern – 8 knots with the red on top, then 8 blue, then 8 red… and so on.
When you get to the end, tie an overhand knot to complete the bracelet.
Try all 5 friendship bracelets with different color combinations, and you’ll find yourself busy all summer… and well accessorized! These friendship bracelets make a great craft for in the car, while camping, at home, or by the pool… they are wonderfully portable and simple to make!
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Carolina has been crafting her whole life. She started cutting and gluing as soon as her fingers could manage the scissors and paste, and started sewing when she was 6. There are few crafts she hasn’t tried her hand at, and is always excited to play with new tools and techniques. Carolina loves coming up with original ideas, and then letting her hands create what her mind comes up with… and is always thrilled when the real thing looks better than she’s imagined!