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DIY Christmas Friendship Bracelets

Every year I try to come up with an easy DIY Christmas gift that the girls can help me with. They’re still young so I try to keep things simple.

We decided to make bracelets and I ended up creating two different styles. The first is super easy using elastic cording, large beads and enamel charms, my little ones were able to help without a problem.

The second style is a bit more involved, I used embroidery floss and macrame knots to make bi-colored bracelets with enamel charms. They’re a bit more work but I think they’re a great activity for older kids.

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Ugly Sweater Elastic Bracelets

If you have limited time or small kids this is the way to go! All you need is elastic cord, assorted plastic beads and enamel charms.

I misjudged the size of the cord and it was much thinner than I realized. TO make it thicker I doubled it over and used two strands instead of one.

String the beads on the elastic, add the charm in the middle, more beads and tie it off with a basic knot.

Aren’t these ugly sweater charms the best? They’re pretty big and I think they they work well with the chunky plastic beads. They come in a pack of 12 with 4 different designs.

Christmas Charm Friendship Bracelets

If you’re looking for something a little involved you should try making a few macrame bracelets. You’ll need red & green embroidery floss, two safety pins, enamel charms and scissors.

I used three charms on each of these bracelets, they’re smaller than the sweater charms and they look cute in groups.

Measure out the length of floss you need to go around the wrist plus a few extra inches for tying. Without cutting the floss tie a small loop. This short piece will be the center of the bracelet that you’ll tie your knots around.

Leave a long tail, about 3x as long as the piece you measured in the last step. Pin the top to a pillow or your jeans, you want to keep the center strands taut while you work.

Slip the charms onto one or both of the center pieces and then tie a small knot in the bottom and use the second stately pin to secure the bottom.

These are photos from my macrame ornaments, but they get the point across, for these brecelets the metal ring is going to be the pinned down embroidery floss you’re working around.

metal ring with twine tied to it to make a macrame half knot

Made a large D on the right on the bracelet with one of the long pieces.

metal ring with twine tied to it to make a macrame half knot

Take the other long piece of floss and take it over the tail, under the bracelet core and then up through the D. Pull it snug and repeat on the other side.

Unlike the ornaments that twisted around we want to keep this flat so we’re going back and forth between sides.

Once you’ve completed about an inch and a half slide the first charm up. keep adding knots, after another inch slide up the second charm. Repeat until you’ve added all the charms. For the kids bracelets I tried to keep about an inch between all the charms.

Keep adding more knots until the bracelet is long enough. Unhook the safety pins and tie off the end of the bracelet.

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Thursday 21st of November 2019

This looks like such a fun holiday craft that kids can make. Love the added charms.

maria brittis

Monday 18th of November 2019

I love this idea of creating a charm bracelet with kids. good way to teach friendship

Cherryl Ehlenburg

Friday 15th of November 2019

Those bracelets are adorable! I remember having friendship bracelets, but ours weren't that cute!

Roseann Hampton

Friday 15th of November 2019

Those little charms from Oriental Trading are so cute! Love your project!

maria brittis

Friday 15th of November 2019

What a cute ideas to add those charms.