Much like the Friendship Pins featured in a previous installment
of Craft Apparent
, Friendship Bracelets are a crafty staple in a kid's social life. Making and trading these treasures encourages our children to place value on putting time, thought and effort into gift giving.
There are many different methods of making Friendship Bracelets but in my humble opinion, Japanese Braiding (aka "Kumihimo") is the simplest and most instantly gratifying of all of the techniques. Since fast & easy= good and
setting kids up for creative success is key, this craft is a win-win in my book!
MaterialsUnderside View of Set-up
Cup (Any Size)
Pencil or Pen
Various Colors of Yarn Scraps
Measuring TapeHow-To Make Bracelet
- You'll need a braiding disk before you can get started. To make your own, trace around a cup onto cardboard. Cut circle out; poke a hole in the center, and cut 8 slits, evenly around.
- Measure wrist then cut 7 strands of yarn (in desired colors) that are at least double that measurement. Hold strands together; poke them through the center hole of the disk. Leaving a 2" tail, tie a knot to keep the yarn in place.
Japanese Braiding Tutorial
- Place yarn strands in 7 of the 8 slots of your disk. Turn the empty slot to the bottom.
- Move the third string from the empty slot, into the empty slot.
- Rotate disk so the empty slot is on the bottom.
- Repeat the last 3 steps until cord is the desired length. Remove strings from disk.
- Knot the 2 ends of the cord to create bracelet.
Keep in mind, Japanese Braiding is a portable craft so your son or daughter can make
bracelets in front of the TV, while waiting in the doctors office, or
in the backseat of a car.
Special thanks to the Craft Yarn Council and the Weavers of Orlando, for sharing this technique with me!