Oct 9 2012

Get your craft on: D.I.Y. friendship bracelet

Veronica
By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor

I am a huge fan of crafts. If it involves fabric, creativity or hot-glue guns, you can almost guarantee I’ll be crafting it at some point down the road.

When we posted 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card, we received so much positive feedback from our sponsors, I thought it would be fun to start a D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) tutorial on small craft items to send to your friend.

So, here it is! Unbound’s first D.I.Y. post: 10 steps to a friendship bracelet.

(Difficulty level: easy)

Materials needed:

Embroidery floss in assorted colors (You can find embroidery floss at most fabric stores).

Masking tape

Scissors

A hard surface or table

Patience!

The friendship bracelet I’m making is a four-strand classic strip. I am going to send it to my friend, Brenda, in Guatemala.

1. Cut four pieces of floss about 36 inches in length. You can use any combination of colors.

colors

2. Tie a knot near the top, and tape the knot to a hard surface, then arrange floss in color order.

floss

I’m using blue, blue, orange, orange.

3. Take color one and loop over and under color two. Pull floss until you form a knot.

4. Then, follow the same step as above, except take color one and loop over and under color three.

5. Next, repeat step above with color one and color four.

knots

(When you are using four strands there will be three knots across.)

6. Repeat above steps with the next piece of floss. Since my next piece of floss is blue, my color order will now be blue, orange, orange, blue.

alternatecolors

7. Continue with next piece of embroidery floss and continue making right knots across.

next step

8. Continue making knots until you have achieved desired length of bracelet.

9. When finished, tie another knot at the other end of the bracelet. This will keep your bracelet from unraveling. You’re done!

friendship bracelet

10. Write a letter to your friend and tell them you made this friendship bracelet just for them.

friendship bracelet with letter

I put Brenda’s friendship bracelet inside of a bag and stuck one of the Unbound mailing labels with her name on the outside. Now, if it gets separated from the card, the local Unbound staffers will still be able to deliver the item.

I haven’t made a friendship bracelet in many years, so it was a little tricky at first. I knew the bracelet I made wasn’t perfect, and I was a bit disappointed.

Then I remembered a lovely quote from Mother Teresa:

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”

I put a whole lot of love in that bracelet, and that is what matters most. I think Brenda will like it simply because I made it especially for her.

Greeting card for Brenda: $3.99
Embroidery floss: $1.99
Sending your sponsored friend a handmade, one-of-a-kind gift: priceless.

Try it out and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your friendship bracelet experience.

Check out another D.I.Y. post: Collage photo frame.

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7 thoughts on “Get your craft on: D.I.Y. friendship bracelet”

  1. I love making friendship bracelets, and if the friend’s name is not too long (so it will make a nice size bracelet) I put their name on it too with the little alphabet beads. They have them in different colors too and I am going to make one for my friends and enclose them with my Christmas cards this year.

  2. Thanks, I am printing this. Hopefully I will find time to do one with my five year old grandchild, Malia.
    I am sponsoring a beautiful girl who lives in India. God has blessed us. We love corresponding. I wish I had a computer in my home. I have to rely on rides to the library. I do what I can. Arlene

  3. Thank you, Arlene! I’d love to hear how your crafting project turns out. Leave us a comment next time you visit the library. Good luck!
    ~Veronica, CFCA writer/editor

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