Friendship bracelets have been around for years and are a favorite with girls. Some forms of this craft use intricate weaving and macramé patterns, but ours is as simple as braiding a friend's hair! For more great crafts that will please kids all-year round, visit our Classic Crafts section.
Embroidery floss is available near the sewing, kitting and cross stitch items at your local craft supply or discount department store. To make a thicker bracelet, double the amount of floss that you are using. To make an anklet, use 12 more inches of thread than the instructions above. This is a great project for friends to do together. Have your friend hold the end of your bracelet while you braid. She can tie yours on then reverse roles and help her make hers.
Line up each strand on your work surface in matching pairs. Make sure they are all the same length.
Hold all the strands together, then fold them in half. Tie a knot at the center, creating a loop (See Picture).
Separate the strands into three sections: pink, yellow and light blue.
Tape the knotted end to the table or hang it with a thumbtack in a bulletin board. This will hold the string taut for you as you braid.
Braid the three strands. Keep going until you have a braid that will fit around your wrist.
At the end of the braid, combine the strands to make two strands instead of three and tie into a knot to end the braid.
Now separate the strands again into two separate groups. Braid each group, leaving enough room at the end to tie a knot. Knot both mini braids and trim off the excess strands to make them even and neat. (See Picture)
Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and ask a friend to tie the small braids to the loop at the end.