Summer Camp - Missy's Friendship Bracelets

During June and July we are sharing with you our favorite Summer Camp activities that you and your kiddos can do from home! Check out these classic Friendship Bracelets from our guest blogger, Missy.

Hey there! I’m a guest blogger for PBS KIDS Utah and my name is Missy Maxwell. I’m an artist and illustrator, but I love all sorts of crafts. I was one of the camp counselors for a summer at Red Butte Garden. 

One of my favorite things to do as a kid, when I was at summer camp, was make and trade friendship bracelets. This is a beautiful bracelet you can put down and come back to over and over again, and it's easy to make it look great!

Supplies:

  • Seven pieces of Embroidery floss or yarn, 2 feet long
  • Cardboard
  • pen/pencil
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape

Instructions:

  1. Cut a circle (about 5 inches in diameter) from cardboard.
  2. Draw 4 lines right across the middle of the circle to divide it into 8 equal parts (like a pizza).
  3. Use your scissors to make eight half-inch cuts on the lines around the edge of the circle. 
  4. Using your scissors, a pen or pencil, poke a hole through the center of the circle. 
  5. Gather your 7 strings together and tie a knot about 2 inches from one end. 
  6. Thread the opposite end up through the back of the cardboard circle, so the knot is on the underside. 
  7. Tuck each string into a half-inch cut, there will be one space that is the empty space. 
  8. Turn the empty space to the bottom (or towards you), and count 3 strings to the left of the empty space. Move that third string to the empty space. 
  9. Now there is a new empty space. Turn the new empty space toward you and repeat step 8 by counting 3 strings to the left and moving that third string to the new empty space. 
  10. Repeat these steps keeping the strings tight. 
  11. As your friendship bracelet grows out the back of the circle, you can tape it to the back of the cardboard. 
  12. Once your bracelet is long enough for your wrist or ankle (or a friend’s wrist or ankle), remove all the strings from the cuts. Pull the bracelet out the back and tie a knot to keep all your hard work in place. Cut the excess strings off about 2 inches from the knot. 
  13. Tie your bracelet to you or a friend’s wrist!

This project takes time and patience, but is SO worth the beautiful outcome! Friendship Bracelets make great gifts for friends or family or even for yourself!

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