These classic friendship bracelets are simple enough for young children to create!
Friendship bracelets make great Valentine's and party favors.
Pair with these fun Valentine's printables and you'll be all set with a heartfelt, handmade project that's quick and easy enough to create for the entire class!
What will you do with yours?
Find the full tutorial after the jump!
Step 1: Cut string
Grab three or four (or more) colors of embroidery floss.
The more colors you choose, the thicker your bracelet will be.
For each color, cut a length of string about 2 to 3 arm lengths long.
Step 2: Tie loop
Gather all of your strings together.
Find the middle of the strings and fold in half.
Tie a knot to make a loop.
Make sure your loop is big enough for your strings to go back through later.
This is the loop you'll send your strings back through to tie it onto your wrist when you're finished.
Slip the loop onto a safety pin.
Fasten the safety pin to a stable surface.
Tip: To take your project outside or on the road, pin it to your pants!
Step 3: Tie lots of knots
Gather all but one of your strings together in one hand.
Keep one string off to the side.
A - Create a loop with your string off to the left side.
B - Pull your string end through the loop.
C - Pull your string tight.
D - Holding all of the other strings taught, pull the single string upward until your knot reaches the top.
Repeat steps A-D over and over again.
For this bracelet, I made 5 knots at a time in each color.
When you're ready to change colors, simply return your single string to the other strings.
Pull out a single string of the next color you'd like to use and continue tying knots (following steps A-D).
Check the length as you go to decide how long you want your bracelet to be.
Step 4: Tie end knot
When you're finished, tie a knot at the end (using all of the strings).
Leave a few inches of string at the end and cut off the excess.
Step 5: Remove from pin
Remove the bracelet from the safety pin.
Step 6: Tie it on
To tie, pull the excess string through the loop and tie a knot.
Enjoy your bracelet!