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Everything old is new again. With the kids in school again and meeting new people, they are bound to make a few new friends while continuing to build relationships they may have had before this year.

What better way to show someone you appreciate them than with a homemade friendship bracelet? For those of you who may remember this fabulous trend from your young academic days, the process is still the same, but if you missed it the first time around, have no fear. It is very easy — if your child can tie a knot, he or she can make a bracelet.

Here, we show you the basics, but design possibilities are limited only to their imaginations and creativity. Show a little spirit with their school colors or personalize them with their friend’s favorites.

Supplies:

  • Embroidery floss
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. Gather at least two colors of embroidery floss, measure and cut 5 – 6 feet lengths. (as shown the center points measure 36-inches). The more colors or strings, the wider your finished bracelet becomes.
  2. Tie a secure, double-knot at gathered center points to form a loop approximately ¼ inch long.
  3. Tape securely to surface over knot and loop.
  4. Separate strands by color.
  5. From left to right, tie two knots each in the second, third and last strand.
  6. Repeat until bracelet in long enough to wrap around child’s wrist — approximately 5 to 6 inches.
  7. Take two strands in each hand and tie in a secure, double knot.
  8. Trim ends approximately 2 to 3-inches long.
  9. If bracelet curls, iron lightly or pull through a warm, hair-styling flat iron.
  10. To wear the bracelet, pull the ends through the loop and tie a knot around the ends to secure — it should be tight enough to prevent sliding over the hand but loose enough to easily untie.  

If you make one of our projects or have an idea you would like us try, please send me a note at mlavine@UpstateParent.com.

Remember, you can find step-by-step photos for all our craft projects on our Pinterest page. Be sure to follow us at https://www.pinterest.com/upstateparentsc/ for parenting tips, new products, recipes and much more.

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