Summer Crafts for Kids - Easy Friendship Bracelets

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Summer Crafts for Kids - Easy Friendship Bracelets

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Here is an idea for a fun and super-easy friendship bracelet to make with kids. You can adjust this craft for a child's age and skill by making it a one-strand or multiple-strand bracelet. The pattern is simple and easy-to-follow, and kids will love making this craft as well as sharing it with friends.

Friendship bracelets are a terrific craft for anytime of the year, but are especially perfect for lazy summer days when kids are sitting down to a quiet activity after a fun day outside or when they're looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon. Working on friendship bracelets will help a child fine-tune her fine-motor skills and help her exercise focus and concentration. It's the perfect summer craft for kids!

You can use 4 strands of floss or double (or more) the numbers of strands to get a thicker bracelet. For younger children, sticking with a simple 4-strand pattern -- especially when they are starting out -- is a good idea.

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Here is what you will need to make these easy bracelets.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

  • To make these easy friendship bracelets, you will need just a few things:

  • embroidery floss in 4 pretty colors that go well together
  • scissors
  • clipboard
  • masking tape or a bit of washi tape to hold down the floss as you make your bracelet

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To begin making your bracelet, cut the floss into segments and tie a knot.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

To begin making the bracelet, cut each of the 4 colors of embroidery floss into 3-foot long segments.

Next, line up the 4 segments and tie a knot about 4 inches from one of the ends. Secure the floss to the clipboard with tape. Separate the 4 strands of floss.

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Make the first knot of your friendship bracelet.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

To begin making this basic diagonal stripe friendship bracelet, start by taking the first strand (the one that's farthest on the left) and put it over the second strand, forming a "4" shape.

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Loop the first strand around the second strand and pull tight.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Keep the second strand tight with one hand (this will act like a "base" strand) and loop the first strand around it with the other. (This will be called the "working" strand.) Pull both strands tight in opposite directions to make a knot.

Then, repeat this step exactly and make a second knot. (Note: As you make your friendship bracelet, the procedure will be to always make 2 knots on each "base" strand.)

(Hint: Try to think of the "working" strand loop and knot you are making on your "base" strand as color being placed on the base strand. In other words, each knot you make is almost like painting that color onto the base strand. So for instance, my first strand was an aqua blue and my second strand was a fuchsia pink; I therefore placed my aqua blue strand knot onto my fuchsia pink strand.)

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Now make 2 knots on the next string.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Next, continue working with your first strand (in my bracelet, the aqua blue strand) and put it in a "4" shape over the next base strand (the purple).

Loop your working strand around the purple base strand and pull tight to make a knot. Then, as before, repeat this step to make a second knot.

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This is what your bracelet will look like at this stage.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Once you've made the two knots on the next strand, it will look like this.

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Next, tie 2 knots on the last remaining strand.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Take your working strand and make 2 knots on the last remaining strand. You will now have 2 knots each on all 3 strands.

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Your first row of completed knots will look like this.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Your completed first row of knots will look like this once you are done.

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Take your new working strand and repeat the same steps.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Now that you've finished your first row of double knots, you will have a new working string -- the strand that's farthest on the left. (In this bracelet, the new working string is the fuchsia pink strand.)

Repeat the same double-knot process on each strand, again working your way to the last strand on the right.

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This is what your bracelet will look like after the second row is done.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Once you have placed 2 knots on each strand with the new working strand, you will have completed the second row of knots. Your bracelet will look something like this.

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Add the next row of knots to the bracelet.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Take the next working string (in this case, the purple strand), which, again, is the strand that's farthest on the left, and make double knots on each strand. When you are done, it will look like this.

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Keep adding rows of knots to the bracelet

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Using this same pattern, keep making rows of knots as you make the bracelet longer.

Keep checking the length of the bracelet by putting it around the wrist (if your child is going to give it to a friend and that friend is not available, you can simply either get the measurement of that child's wrist or take your best guess. When that person receives it, you can always adjust the length before tying the ends to finish the bracelet.

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As the bracelet gets longer, secure it with more masking tape.

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

Add more masking tape to the bracelet as you work so that it stays securely anchored, which makes it easier for kids to tie the knots.

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You can adjust the thickness of the bracelets by adding more embroidery floss

easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee

If you want to make a thicker bracelet, you can simply add more strands of each color of embroidery floss. So instead of one aqua blue, one fuchsia pink, and so on, you can use 2 or even 3 or 4 strands each of aqua blue, fuchsia, purple, and peach (or whatever colors you are using).

If you add more strands, though, it's easy for the steps to get confusing. For younger children or kids who are just starting out with friendship bracelets, you may want to stick to the simple one-of-each-color pattern.

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