Author: Bri Rodriguez-Cancio
In the spirit of summer, Jump! Immersion is changing the focus of the blog to give families some ideas for hands-on activities and conversation starters. We hope the ideas are lighthearted and fun!
For the Artist: Bracelets made of Thread
I have friends from Colombia and Costa Rica that have given these away as token gifts upon their return from their country of origin. This is an activity that can be done inside or outside the house while taking a break. Children that are into creating things and/or expressing themselves love these projects. Suitable for both boys and girls, starting with elementary-aged children (for longer attention spans, as a general guideline).
Before you conclude that this is “just” Latin American-inspired, did you know that there are some similar knots/decorations in China and Japan? See the decorative knots of China, (Chinese: 中國結; pinyin: Zhōngguó jié) and the Japanese “Kumihino” braiding that coincidentally use a circle loom.
To start the friendship bracelets, I went to the local craft store to get some pink/purple yarn or embroidery string for one of my children and some green/gray ones for the other child that is obsessed with Minecraft. Do not feel obligated to buy a “kit” from the local craft store or toy store unless you want/need that peace of mind; the supplies are minimal.
Your supply list for the first simple thread bracelet:
- Small piece of cardboard
- A round object
such as a drinking glass to use the rim as a guide to make a circle
A “cool” button to use to secure the bracelet
- Embroidery String
4 colors, at least 25 inches long
Click Here for one great “goof-proof” video tutorial (even I understood it!:-)
Caveat: Parents, you may want to watch any opening YouTube advertisement videos or side ads before your child watches to determine your comfort level with ad content. You can also search for other DIY Bracelet videos; you will be spoiled for choice.
With that said, the instructions are clear, the video is upbeat and engaging for children/tweens and I can’t help but feel chipper with the blogger.
Just as the “Rainbow Loom” craze of two years ago (which still lives on), children will love to make these for family and friends who will wear them with pride! An ecologically sound gift—hand crafted and made with love. At least, that is our theme in our home—“made with love.” Priceless.
Video/Photo Credit: DIY Friendship Bracelets. 5 Easy DIY Bracelet Projects! by SaraBeautyCorner