Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Retro Tuesday - Friendship Bracelets

When I was a wee lass I loved making floss friendship bracelets. Now that my girls have the dexterity to do so, they too love this retro past-time. If you'd like to flash back to the summer of...okay never mind. If you don't recall the weave method here is a refresher...

You will need a clip board to fasten the string to so it doesn't travel. I used to pin my project to my jeans or tape it to a table, which works well to. With a clipboard the project can be transported or moved as needed. My kids enjoy taking their bracelet creations on the road. Five pieces of various colored floss thread (found in the embroidery section of your craft store) cut to 30 inch lengths. Not pictured- scissors, yeah, you'll need those too.

Bring one end of each piece of floss together and then fold in half, tying.

Fasten thread down, then separate into corresponding colors like so.

Next, starting with the thread color all the way on the left, weave over,under, over under each of the following threads until that thread is all the way to the right.

Holding what are now the four leftmost pieces down, pull the piece that you just wove up to tighten. It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, no worries if the first few sections aren't perfect, the kids are learning important skills including color correspondence, weaving and sorting. And of course doing something fun and creative!

Next, starting what is now the left most thread (it should be what was your second thread when you started out) weave over, under, over, under just as you did with your first one. Tighten as above and then repeat with each of your pieces until you reach the end of your rope.

Voila! A friendship bracelet is made!

For younger kiddos a simple twist is best- tie the selected colored string together at one end. Hold and have your child twist in one direction then quickly tie a knot at that end to preserve the twist.

Simple braiding is another introductory method that younger ones can master. As for the more complicated zebra stripes of yesteryear, check out YouTube for tutorials.

Click here for some more classic crafts to keep you busy.

Still up for summer fun,

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  1. Oh my goodness I just had a flashback to my childhood.
    Friendship bracelets were all the rage and you had to bring floss and a clipboard to school.
    How fun that you get to this with your children.

  2. I love making friendship bracelets. =)


    1. And all the colors now available add to the fun! Thanks for reading :)

  3. I use to make them on the school bus with friends, we would have turns holding them for each other :)

  4. Thanks for sharing this post! Love it!
    Thanks for stopping by Me+Life+Coffee my friend!! YES...I totally need sunshine!! I find that I am unable to stay in a funk when the sun is shining :) Hope you are well and having a great day, stop by again soon! Sally xoxo

  5. My goodness, I used to make loads of these in all shapes and sizes. I guess my teenage self found it somewhat therapeutic!

    1. I know it- like knitting or crochet!

  6. Gosh I remember spends hours making these! Gorgeous bracelet!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  7. So cute! I used to love making these!

  8. So cute! I'm glad you linked up at Romance on a dime!

    Betsy @ Romance on a dime

    1. And THANK YOU for hosting - We <3 the Romance on a Dime Link Up!


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