Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lasting Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

At some point in time, a reversal of roles between mothers and daughters happen. My mother used to take me to places when I was young. Now I take her to places. It took sometime before this happened but the reversal of roles between me and Princess One occurred after 9 years - sooner than anticipated. The reversal of roles I'm referring to is her being my mentor in this crafting project. I let her walk me through all the steps to create this Lasting Friendship Bracelet tutorial, which I'm also sharing with you. I love naming projects and so this is called operation Lasting Friendship Bracelet tutorial.

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Materials needed:
Beads with large openings
Hemp cord
Tape (painter's tape is used in this case)
Cardboard

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You'll need the cardboard to make a loom. Cut any cardboard into a strip about 3 inches wide and 11 inches long. Cut two slits on both ends approximately half an inch away from each other.

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Measure your wrist.

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Whatever the size is, add 12 inches then cut 2 strips of hemp cord with this length. For example, Princess One's wrist is 7 inches in diameter so by adding 12 inches, we have a total length of 19 inches. Cut two 19-inch strips of the hemp cord.

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Insert the hemp cords on the slits of the loom, making sure that approximately 6 inches of the cord are left hanging.

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Tape these cords at the back of the loom to look like this. They are named Cord 1 and Cord 2.

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Cut another hemp cord, called Cord 3, with a length double of Cord 1. Since in this case Cord 1 is 19 inches, Cord 3 should be 38 inches. Tie the end of Cord 3 to Cord 1 with a simple knot, leaving a tail of about 6 inches, then tucking its tail on the slit for Cord 1.

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Pass through Cord 3 under Cord 1 and Cord 2, then insert a bead.

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Make sure that the bead stays in the middle of Cord 1 and Cord 2.

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Pass Cord 3 over Cord 2 going towards the bead, then insert it in the bead. By now, Cord 3 should be on the left side and the bead is snug.

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To add the next bead, pass Cord 3 under Cord 1 and Cord 2 towards the right like the step did with the green bead.

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After that, you're ready for your next bead.

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Here's a little pictorial summary of the steps done earlier.

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When you have reached the desired length, close the bracelet by tying the ends in a knot.

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Make a clasp using another bead that you can easily slide up and down to close or loosen the bracelet.

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Knot all the ends of the hemp cord and now you have a Lasting Friendship bracelet.

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These are the bracelets we made together. It took us around 20 minutes to complete these beauties and it's so worth it!

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How about you? Has there been a project where your kid led you to finish it?

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26 comments:

  1. What a fun project and such a great tutorial! Love the finished look!

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  2. i am making a loom bracelet too! :)

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  3. I suddenly remember my elementary days. :) This project is very ideal for kids. They would love this too and I think this is a better past time for playing computer games.

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  4. I will have to try this with my son! Thank you for posting this.

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  5. Cute! Brenda and I will try this! She is really on beads now. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Ana Paula.

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  6. Love it!

    I just shared it on my FB page and pinning now ;)

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  7. This was like a step back in time. I used to make those as a kid. Aah sweet memories! THank you. :)

    Thank you also for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. I'm glad butter made you smile! ;)

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  8. This is great! i cant wait to make one of these for my little girl!
    ~JamieS

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  9. What a cute, fun summer project! Great tutorial too! Thinking of making an "adult" version with pearl beads =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  10. I actually just started making these for myself except I use leather cord and fancy beads!! They work for everyone!

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  11. What a great project! I'm going to bookmark this to try with my girls in the next holidays!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  12. Cute! My daughter will ove making this. Now following you from your own blog hop!

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  13. Cute :) Must have been fun! I see a lot of young girls making such bracelets these days. It's cute and funky.

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  14. I love how easy this is, and they are adorable!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I have featured your fun post here
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    FFC also accepts submissions! Please consider this an invitation to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like. I look forward to seeing what you submit!

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  15. so cute and what an amazing tutorial!! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  16. Thank you so much for linking this up to mine and Lindsays Party Show and Share!

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  17. Love these beads ;) Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  18. This will be a great craft for my daughter's bible study group--thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for sharing this! My son made one of these for me as a key chain & it fell off!! We didn't know how to make one to replace it, and now we do!! :)

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  20. Hi,

    what a great tutorial!

    Greetings Sofieke
    http://knutselen-met-sofieke.blogspot.com/

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  21. How fun, our grandchildren will love this. Thank you so much for sharing. Big hugs!

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  22. How cute, that she gave the steps for the tutorial. Oh, but they grow up so fast, don't they? ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party, SJ. Hope to see you this week, as well.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  23. I think kids today are smarter than we expect them to be. You little princess is a genius. The bracelet is so neatly made.. it shows her interest and perfectionism. Like mother, like daughter.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-4.html

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  24. Thanks for tut.Kiss from Serbia:))

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