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How to Make Kids' Bracelets


Charming Friendship Bracelet
Make a charming bracelet for your friends.
Make a charming bracelet for your friends.

Do you "knot" know what to get your friends as a gift? Give them a charming friendship bracelet made by knotting thread.

What You'll Need:

4 colors of embroidery floss, 2-1/2 feet each

Deli containers with the 6 recycling symbol (or shrink plastic)

Permanent marker pens

Gold metallic elastic thread

Tape

Scissors

Pencil

Hole punch

Aluminum foil

Oven

How to Make a Charming Friendship Bracelet:

Step 1: Tie the four different colors of embroidery floss together. Tape the knotted end to a table top.

Step 2: Select a color of floss to begin. Make a loop with the floss and bring the end through the loop.

Pulling the loops tightly will create a spiral.
Pulling the loops tightly will create a spiral.

Step 3: Pull the strand tightly to make a knot. Repeat this knot until you have covered about one inch, pulling the knots up tightly as you go. The knots will naturally spiral around the inner threads. If you'd like, add charms to your bracelet.

Use a marker to add detail to the stencils.
Use a marker to add detail to the stencils.

Step 4: To make charms: Download the Stencil Instructions as a PDF. Place clean, flat pieces of plastic over the patterns, and trace with a pencil. Using markers, color the backgrounds, then add details and outline. You can also draw designs of your own, making them about the same size as the pattern shapes.

Step 5: Cut out the plastic shapes. Punch a hole in each one, not too close to the edge.

Step 6: Ask an adult to help with this step. Lay plastic shapes on aluminum foil and bake in an oven set at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for one to two minutes. The plastic will curl and shrink, then gradually flatten. Remove the charms from the oven when they're almost flat.

Step 7: Cool charms completely, then string them onto your woven bracelet or onto elastic thread, making a knot to tie each charm about 1/2 inch from the others. Cut the thread after seven or eight charms and knot the ends securely.

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