Friendship bracelets are the perfect solution for several reasons – first of all, it’s fairly cheap. Most patterns only require one supply – the thread. It’s also low mess – unlike the garden covered newspaper hats. Lastly, making these bracelets are great for helping develop fine motor skills and great coordination. How many kids crafts can boost all of that?
1 Supply, 20 Friendship Bracelet Tutorials
My daughter is a lot like me – a huge crafter. You should see the exotic creations she comes up with. She loves to share them too, bless her heart, but what’s one to do with a newspaper hat that has leaves, tree branches, and flowers glued on?
I wanted to find a way to share new options for crafting and gift giving and thought about how I could doing this without crushing her creative soul by saying “Get that hat out of my house before there are critters crawling around!”. That’s when I remembered how my friends and I would spend hours making friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss that we would snatch from our mother’s cross stitch stash.
I had my daughter try several of these with me, and we created a bunch for her school friends for the end of the year – this would also be a great activity to entertain your l’il ones during those rainy summer days or on long car rides. Or have a bracelet making party!
There are all sorts of patterns out there, with everything from bows to beads, but here are 20 tutorials that I love best for kids, whether alone or as part of some quality time with mom. Here they are:
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Ashley Phipps says
Oh my goodness! This came at the perfect time! I’ve been planning for a month to teach my daughter how to do friendship bracelets this summer!! This is a great resource for when I need to expand beyond the basic one!!
Four Marrs and One Venus says
What a super fun idea! I totally remember making these as a kid! Love them!
Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says
I used to make these by the gazillions when I was a kid too! I think I might have to make a couple of these during our next movie night!
kristi dominguez says
How fun is this?!? And yes, I totally made these as a kid, too. I had this huge organizer full of embroidery floss when I was like 8 or 9!! This is such a fun post….brings back so many memories!!
Victoria Talbot says
So cool!! I always have loved making the bracelets. Doing them with your kids is a great idea!
Thank you! My daughter is crazy about them – so much fun!
Cindy FOley says
I was curious about the bracelet on the top picture, third one in from left. The purple and gray one, any idea how to do that pattern?? I love it!!
Hi! I made the purple and grey one by following the basic chevron pattern but tying it loosely so that there were spaces between each row of knots. Hope this helps!
Cindy FOley says
Thank you soo much!!
These bracelets are a-maze-ing!! How long does it take to make the amethyst coloured bracelet???
The one in the first image, with the purples and grey? Hmm… depends on how focused you are on it and how quick your hands move… it took me about 30 minutes 🙂 Hope that helps!