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First Friendship Bracelet June 28, 2011

Filed under: Accessories,Art Projects — Lizz @ 7:06 am
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I remember summers as a kid.  I always went to camp, and I always had a great time.  There are many things that should be mandatory when one attends camp.  Nature walks, cookouts, capture the flag, and of course friendship bracelets.


I have been waiting 6 summers for Skylar to have the dexterity to do this, and this summer is it!!  And it went really well…


I thought we would start with a simple bracelet



I’m not sure what the official name for this, so let’s just call this one “The Spiral”.  To get started with any friendship bracelet, you will need a variety of colored embroidery floss, and a safety pin.  Cut the floss into long strands (about the length of your arm), and tie them together on one end.  Poke the safety pin through the knot, and secure it to either the end of your pant leg or to a sock.  (This will help to anchor it for you while you work.


Here’s how you get “The Spiral” done, as demonstrated by the amazing Skylar…


First, grab the color you want to show on the outside (orange in our case) and hold it in your right hand.  Hold all of the other strings in our left hand.



That hitchhiker’s thumb is actually necessary.  You need to wrap your chosen (orange) thread, up and around the thumb.  If done correctly it will look like a number 4



Then you will take that orange string under and through the opening that was created.  Pull the string all the way through.



Now, bend your thumb to release that string.



Now, pull it tight.  Not crazy tight.  Just tight enough to look right.



This step will be repeated however many times you would like (we did ten each).  Then switch you another color and do another set.  Keep going until the bracelet is as long as you desire.  This would also make a fun necklace.  Tie off the end, and cut off the access string.  I used a silly band to tie up the ends, but you could do a simple knot, or something fancier


Now, all there is to do is think.



Should I keep this?  Should I give it away?  Who would I give it to?  What colors should I use next? When will my mom stop taking my picture?


(Cough, Cough) Okay, enough thinking.


If you have smaller kids, you could always try this with thicker yarn.  I think Skylar did an amazing job with this one, so we will probably be trying some harder patterns next time.


Until then, I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  Is there anything you plan on doing with your kids that you miss from summertime?  I’d love to hear about it!


Have a great day!




I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Kids Can Craft @ Sew Can Do

Will See it Wednesday @ Fabric Bows and More

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Delicately Constructed Fridays @ Delicately Constructed

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party @ Craft-O-Maniac

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Inspiration Board @ Homework; Today’s Assignment: Be Inspired

Summer Boredom Buster Link Party @ Thrifty 101

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime


23 Responses to “First Friendship Bracelet”

  1. nicole Says:

    Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. http://www.colieskitchen.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/colieskitchen

  2. I am so happy you posted this! My daughter makes bead bracelets all of the time, and I was trying to remember how we made these bracelets from when I was a kid! I bet I made 200 of them! Visiting and now following on GFC via I Love Blogging Hop…hop on over to my blog and follow back if you like!

    Jessica K

    • Lizz Says:

      I’m so glad you liked the tutorial! I definately made tons of these when I was growing up. Thanks for following me, and I will be returning for sure!! Looking forward to entering your Frigidaire giveaway too!

  3. Lovely Light Says:

    Hi there- found you through the Strut Your Stuff hop and am a new follower. You’re right- totally reminds me of camp. The colors are great. I hope she makes many more this summer! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend!

    • Lizz Says:

      Thanks for following, and I’m glad you liked our bracelets. My sister spent some time in Africa, and loved it. I’m looking forward to seeing more of what you do over there.

  4. Oh! I remember these!
    Would you like to share this post at our Weekly Playdate link party? It would be a fantastic addition!
    You’ll find the party here: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-14-all.html

    Come & Play :: Playdate

  5. junescott Says:

    This is great, Lizz! I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these, I like to wear them as anklets… thanks for sharing the “how to!”

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your great post at our Weekly Playdate!
    I am featuring it in the fresh Playdate that begins tomorrow (Monday the 4th)~ so pop over, take a peek (leave another link!) and snag a ‘featured’ button!

    Come & Play :: Playdate

    • Lizz Says:

      Thank you Lori! I’m so excited that you liked our bracelets enough to feature them! I grabbed the button and linked up something new this morning. See you at next week’s playdate!

  7. I love friendship bracelets. A great summer tradition to pass onto our kids. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.

    carolyn | homework

    • Lizz Says:

      Thank you for the invitation! I linked up this post to your Inspiration board, and I added your site to my link party page. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back to visit again!

  8. Leah Says:

    Your daughter did a great job! My kids aren’t quite big enough yet, but I really look forward to doing projects like this with them in a few years.

    • Lizz Says:

      Thank you! I thought she did great as well. Good luck when your kids are ready. I had so much fun teaching my daughter this craft from my childhood

  9. Hi, friend! I’m admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

    PS: I have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways every Tuesday at 5 pm, PST. Please feel free to link up your etsy and giveaways 🙂

    • Lizz Says:

      Thank you so much! And thanks for the party invite! I have linked up a few of our recent fun posts, and I’ll be keeping you on my party page for linking up in the future. I will definitely link up tomorrow, as I actually have a giveaway going on!

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you back here soon!

  10. I remember making these…what fun!! I would LOVE for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It’s going on all week,
    & be sure to check out my giveaway too! Stopping by from the Homemaker on a Dime party.

    • Lizz Says:

      I’m sorry I missed this comment (dumb spam filter!), or I would have seen earlier about your party! It’s almost Friday again, so I will add you to my parties page and for sure post it tomorrow. Thanks for the invite!

  11. The Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

  12. decorative Says:

    I love the friendship bracelet .. thanks for sharing this little cute girl

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