Wednesday, November 10, 2021

How to Make Bracelets with Yarn | Braided Friendship Bracelets

Today I'm going to show you how to make these unique yarn bracelets. They are super easy to do - if you know how to braid, you can make these fun bracelets. 

They are a great way to show your best friend you care. Plus they're much easier to make than traditional friendship bracelets. 

This easy craft is great for kids of all ages.
Stack of three yarn bracelets



HOW TO MAKE BRACELETS WITH YARN


Note: This post was originally published 10-30-14. I still think it's a great idea and the girls loved making them, so I'm sharing it again.

This year for Christmas, we are trying to make more gifts, instead of buying them. I'm hoping it will help instill the aspect of giving a little more in my kids.

In order to not be stressed out during December, we've already started making our gifts.

To start things off, we made yarn friendship bracelets for all the girls friends. Now I need to figure out what to do for my son's friends.

This is a great project for older kids because the only skill you need is to know how to do is a simple braid.

Using yarn makes a thicker bracelet and is easier to handle than embroidery thread. 
Rows of yarn bracelets on a chalkboard background

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR YARN FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

  • Yarn
  • 6 foldover ribbon ends
  • 4  {6mm}jump rings
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • jewelry pliers or other small pliers
This kit from Amazon has several sizes of ribbon clamps, jump rings and lobster clasps all in one kit. 

For the yarn, I like the multi-colored skeins.  That way you have multiple colors without having to buy as much yarn. I also like that you know they're going to match - although we ended up mixing and matching a little anyway.

Listed below are the yarn colors we used. Scroll to the end to see pictures.   You can use scrap yarn if you'd like as well. Then it would be a very inexpensive project.



collage of images depicting how to make a braided friendship bracelet with yarn.

HOW TO MAKE BRAIDED FRIENSHIP BRACELETS

Ready to make some fun friendship bracelets?! Let's get started:
  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Begin by cutting 15 pieces of yarn at 9" for adult size, or 7 1/2 inches for kids. {You can always start larger and trim it down when you get to the end.} I tried to cut them so that each strand would be all the same color.
  3. Gather 5 strands of yarn (same color) and place them in the ribbon end. Fold down the top and clamp down each side.
  4. Repeat with the other two colors of yarn. Connect the ribbon ends with a jump ring.
  5. Attach the top to something {I used my jewelry pliers but a clipboard or masking tape would work better.} Braid the yarn down as far as you can go.
  6. Trim the end of one color of yarn and add ribbon clamp. Repeat with the other two colors. Once all the ribbon ends are on, braid one or two more stitches to make sure the braid goes right to the end. Attach ribbon clamps together with a jump ring.
  7. Add another jump ring and lobster clasp to one end. Add a jump ring to the other end as well, this makes it easier to clasp.

If you need to make it a bit larger or adjustable, you could add a small length of chain to one end. I think it would be really cute to use t-shirt yarn to make these. It would give it a whole different look.

That's it! Take a look at the other color combos we did. I'll list the yarn brand and color, if you're interested in making the same colors.

Dark Pink, Pink and white yarn friendship bracelet
 
This is the Pinkalicious bracelet. Made from Peaches & Cream - Azalea

purple green and white bracelet made of yarn

This one's my favorite bracelet. I love the colors green and purple. This one is from Peaches & Cream - Freshly Pressed.

Brown, tan and white yarn bracelet

 I made this one just for me - Sugar 'n Cream - chocolate ombre!


white green and blue yarn friendship bracelet

I love this color combo as well. Made from Sugar 'n Cream - Emerald Isle.

I hope you give these easy DIY friendship bracelets a try!  What gifts have you and your kids made for your kids friends? 



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How to Make Bracelets with Yarn

Yield: 1
Author: Rachel
Estimated cost: $5
prep time: perform time: 15 Mtotal time: 15 M
An easy friendship bracelet made with yarn.

materials:

  • Yarn
  • fold over ribbon ends
  • 6 mm jump rings
  • lobster clasp

tools:

  • small pliers

steps:

  1. Begin by cutting 15 pieces of yarn at 9" for adult size, or 7 1/2 inches for kids. {You can always start larger and trim it down when you get to the end.} I tried to cut them so that each strand would be all the same color.
  2. Gather 5 strands of yarn (same color) and place them in the ribbon end. Fold down the top and clamp down each side.
  3. Repeat with the other two colors of yarn. Connect the ribbon ends with a jump ring.
  4. Attach the top to something {I used my jewelry pliers but a clipboard or masking tape would work better.} Braid the yarn down as far as you can go.
  5. Trim the end of one color of yarn and add ribbon clamp. Repeat with the other two colors. Once all the ribbon ends are on, braid one or two more stitches to make sure the braid goes right to the end. Attach ribbon clamps together with a jump ring.
  6. Add another jump ring and lobster clasp to one end. Add a jump ring to the other end as well, this makes it easier to clasp.

NOTES:

Add a length of chain to make it adjustable.
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1 comment :

  1. For boys you could make dog tags. Maybe even put their names on it.

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