This friendship bracelet is fun and simple to make. Easy enough to do with the kids! 🙂
- Embroidery floss (coloured)
- Cardboard (an old cereal box will do fine)
1. Place mug on cardboard and trace around to make a circle.
2. Cut out cardboard circle.
3. Dot the centre of the circle.
4. Rule straight lines intersecting the central dot – creating a large asterisk.
5. Cut 2cm in along each of the lines. You should now have 8 slots.
6. Using a sharp pencil, create a small hole in the centre of your circle.
6. Select up to 4 colours of embroidery floss.
7. Cut floss into 4 lengths of about 50cm. This length will differ depending on the wearer’s wrist size!
NB: Each length should be about two times the desired bracelet length, plus 15cm.
8. Gather the 4 threads together and fold in half, tying an overhand knot just below the fold (creating a loop).
9. Push the knotted end through the central hole.
10. Separate the threads and place each into a slot.
11. VERY IMPORTANT: One slot will house 2 threads (i.e. like the green threads pictured below).
12. You should have 7 filled slots and 1 empty slot.
13. From the empty slot, count 3 threads anti-clockwise (e.g. the purple thread pictured above).
14. Pick up this thread and place it into the empty slot. It should have jumped over 2 other threads.
15. Now you have a new empty slot. Repeat steps 13 & 14 (e.g. in the picture above you would take the aqua thread next and place it in the empty slot) until bracelet is completed.
16. After a short while you will see the bracelet begin to emerge from the underside of the cardboard disc. Eventually your entire bracelet will have emerged!
17. To finish the bracelet, pull the loose threads through the centre hole; tie an overhand knot where the weaving ends.
18. Separate the loose threads into 2 halves and braid each one.
19. Fasten bracelet by threading one braid through the loop and double knotting to the other braid.
20. Your bracelet is finished! Save the cardboard disc to reuse next time.