Little people love to show their friends and family they adore them – and what better way than with a hand-crafted colorful friendship bracelet? Our talented design team have created one for your kids to make and give as a gift to their favorite person or people. We also share other craft creations, to team with the bracelet, to make it even more exciting to give and receive.
How to Make the Bracelet
You will need: A printer, paper and card, scissors, pencil and ball of putty (or something to make a small hole in the card), 7 strands of thread (embroidery threads work well), each approx 20 inches long.
Step 1: Print out the loom template and stick onto some card. Cut it out and make cuts along each of the small lines.
Step 2: Make a hole in the middle of the loom by putting a ball of putty underneath and pushing through a pencil.Step 3: Take 7 strands of thread and knot them together at one end, leaving an inch of thread loose at the end so you have a decorative tassel.
Step 4: Push the knotted end through the hole in the middle of the loom so the knot is on the underside.
Step 5: Thread each of the strands through each of the slots, you should be left with one empty slot.
Step 6: Hold your loom so the empty slot is at the top. Count 3 strands to the left and move this third stands into the empty slot.
Step 7: Turn your loom so the new empty slot is at the top. Count 3 strands to the left again and move it to the empty slot.Step 8: Keep repeating stage 6 and 7 and you’ll see your friendship bracelet grow from under the loom. Keep the threads nice and tight in the slots as you continue making your bracelet.Step 9: Keep going until your bracelet is long enough to tie around your wrist. When you are happy with it, remove it from the loom, tie a knot in the end and cut off the loose threads, leaving an inch at the end to make another tassel.
Now you can make as many as you like and give them to your friends!
3 Friendly Ways to Present Your Bracelet
1. In a card.
If you can’t see your friends at the moment, then send your bracelets by post inside a special homemade card. We’ve created 3 amazing notecards for you to make – an adorable sausage dog, dreamy sailboat and a cherry ice-cream, go here for the instructions and downloads.
As an extra touch, why not include a quote about the wonders of friendship?
Here are our favorites:
“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” - Proverbs 27:9
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” - Eleanor Roosevelt.
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.” - Jane Austen.
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” - Woodrow Wilson.
2. Pop it into a piñata.
Little piñata favors are the perfect way to present your bracelet to a friend. Put it inside and they’ll get a lovely surprise when they open it. Make your own mini piñata, go here for ideas or choose one of our lovely designs which include unicorns, llamas, skull and crossbones, flamingos, swans, robots, mermaids, crocodiles and rainbows.
3. Include it with a gift.
If it’s your friend’s birthday then you may want to team your homemade friendship bracelet with another gift too. Look for presents that have a true friendship meaning, like our Secret Notebook necklace or a notebook for them to write notes to you, like our sausage dog, unicorn and cat notebooks.