DIY Friendship Bracelet for National Friendship Day

HarperKids
Jul 27 · 5 min read

DIY Friendship Bracelet for National Friendship Day

As my kids have gotten older, I’ve realized just how important it is to teach them kindness, to include other kids in their activities and friendship circles, and what it means to be a good human. It’s heartbreaking to see kids being left out, sitting alone at lunchtime, and not having other kids to play with. Let’s teach and encourage more kindness.

National Friendship Day is just around the corner on August 4, so consider hosting a fun play date in your home (or a local park) for the neighborhood kids or your kids’ friends from school. It will give you a chance to get to know other parents whom you may not have met, and your kids will love doing fun activities, like making these friendship bracelets, and enjoying story time too.

You’ll need to pick up these fantastic books that are all about friendships and being inclusive:

· The Someone New by Jill Twiss and EG Keller

· Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? by Coll Muir

· Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends by Mike Reiss

Now, let’s learn how to make easy friendship bracelets that the kids can make and give to their friends. I’ve included a very simple braided friendship tutorial, and then, once they’ve mastered that, I’ll show you how to add beads.

Supplies:

· String: embroidery thread or cording work best

· Scissors

· Tape

· A board to attach your thread to (see the photos below): you could use cardboard, wood, cutting boards, anything really.

· Beads

· Buttons

Instructions:

  1. Whether you choose to precut string to make things run a little quicker or have the kids cut their own, you’ll want a few basic measurements first so there isn’t a lot of waste. The first braided friendship bracelet I’m showing you wraps around the wrist twice, so wrap a measuring tape around yours a couple of times, and then double it (because your string will be folded in half), and then add an extra 6 to 8 inches to allow for the braiding and a little excess for making knots and loops.

2. Now, cut your string, and fold it in half. Tie a knot close to the fold, creating a loop (see the image above), and then tape the loop onto your board to secure it in place. Tip: Find a bead or button you want to use at the other end of your friendship bracelet. The bead or button will need to fit through the loop, so make sure your loop is just the right size to fit that.

3. Now you’re ready to make an easy braided friendship bracelet that will wrap around the wrist twice. This is just like doing a hair braid, so separate your strands into three sections. There will be two strands in each section to make the bracelet a little thicker. Cross the left side over the middle strand, then the right side over the middle strand and repeat until you’ve reached the desired length.

Tip: You can always wrap the bracelet around your wrist as you go to make sure it’s going to be long enough (or not too long).

4. Once you’ve reached the desired length, tie a knot so that the braid doesn’t come undone. Now you need to add a bead or button that will secure through the loop you made at the beginning. If adding a bead, thread the bead onto the strands, and then secure it with a knot, cutting off any excess string. (I like to leave a little tail.) If you’re adding a button, thread the string up through one hole and down through the second hole, and then tie it in a knot at the back. If you have four holes, just split your string into two sections and work it the same way.

5. Now that you’ve mastered the basics of an easy braided friendship bracelet, let’s make the next one a little harder. This time we’re going to add beads. Begin your friendship bracelet the same way you did for the first one. This one won’t wrap around twice, so you just want the beads to run across the top of the wrist, not all the way around (although you can do this if you like). The beads need to be added to the SAME piece of string to keep the pattern moving. So, when you’re ready to cross the left strand over the center, add a bead to it, pushing it all the way to the top.

Continue working your braid until that same piece of string needs to cross the center again, and then add the next bead. Continue doing this until you’ve added enough beads, and then finish your bracelet with the continuous braid until you are ready to add a bead or button to the end.

We color coordinated our bracelets with the books, and we made some with just one color and others with three colors. It’s really up to you and your child how you want these to look. The most important thing is to have fun, and do something together.

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