How are bracelets like friends? The more the merrier! (At least this is what I’m trying to convince myself as an introvert who’s generally conservative with accessories.)
I do love bracelets, though, and there’s something special about handcrafted ones, and something even more special about ones handcrafted with a certain person in mind. Have your kids made any new friends at school yet? Friendship bracelets would be a great project for an after-school playdate. Here are 15 designs I’m dying to try:
1. Papier mache bracelets from Better Homes and Gardens. Magazines and an empty tape roll, you guys. Yes.
2. Rope bracelet from Sew Craft Create. Calling this a “rope” bracelet makes it sound way less pretty than it actually is.
3. Wrapped chain bracelet from Honestly WTF. I couldn’t believe how easy this one is. I’m going to make a million of them.
4. Braided rope bracelet from a shopping bag handle from Sideoats and Scribbles. As a hoarder of fancy bags from fancy stores, this design speaks to me.
5. T-shirt bracelets from Family Chic. I love using old T-shirts to create new things.
6. Popsicle stick bracelets from Suzy’s Sitcom. This is a good one for little kids who might not be dextrous enough to weave or tie knots but who can definitely paint and scribble on a piece of wood.
7. Recycled T-shirt knotted bracelet from This Old Dress. This meandering video tutorial will teach you how to make a Chinese “Josephine” knot. Pretty cool!
8. Heart bracelet from Lovely Indeed. This is a take on the basic embroidery floss friendship bracelet you might have made when you were a kid.
9. Cord and button bracelet on Craftionary from Christine of DIY Dreamer. Quick and simple. The fun is in picking out your button. (This is a great one for boys.)
10. Striped wooden bangle bracelets from Martha Stewart. No roundup would be complete without Martha.
11. Washer and ribbon bracelet from Poppies at Play. I love an excuse to go to the hardware store.
12. Zipper bracelet from Elemental Carbon. This one requires some special jewelry-making tools, but the effect is pretty rock ‘n’ roll.
13. Jersey knit bracelet from V and Co. If you’ve never tried finger weaving before, this is a good project to try it out on. You can turn an old T-shirt into a bracelet in 5 minutes.
14. Not a DIY, but inspiration for what you can do with some string and a hollow charm (via Beyond/Beyond).
15. Cartier-esque bracelet from P.S. I Made This. Simple and lovely. Thanks, Cartier.
Which ones will you be making with your kids?