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Is it just me, or have you been hearing A LOT about friendship bracelets? When Taylor Swift recently played nearby, it was all I could hear from my “Swiftie” granddaughter, who was attending the concert and taking dozens of homemade bracelets to trade.
This got me thinking: Now that the excitement of the concert is over, why don’t we make more bracelets with the leftover supplies? The result is these autumn friendship bracelets that are grandchild (and maybe even Taylor Swift – ha!) approved:
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Tape or clipboard (to hold the bracelet steady as you work)
- Beads or charms (optional)
1. Choose your colors
You can’t begin a craft without having an idea in your head, right? That said, start by selecting 3 to 5 colors of embroidery thread that remind you of autumn.
Cut each thread to about 24 inches in length. (The extra length makes it easier to work with and ensures you won’t run out of thread midway through.)
3. Starting knot
Gather all the threads together, fold them in half, and tie a knot at the top, leaving a loop. This loop will be used later to close the bracelet.
4. Secure the bracelet
Use the tape to fasten the looped end to a table or attach it to a clipboard, which will help keep the bracelet in place while you craft.
5. Begin braiding or knotting
There are many patterns you can use, but a simple braid or series of knots can be just as beautiful. For a beginner-friendly design, take the leftmost thread, cross it over the two next to it, and then under the second of those two. Pull the thread all the way up to the top to form a knot. Repeat this pattern using the next thread in line, working your way from left to right.
6. Optional: Add beads
If you want to add a bead or charm, simply thread it onto the center threads and continue your braiding or knotting below it.
7. Finishing off
Once the bracelet is long enough to comfortably fit around a wrist, tie another knot at the end to secure your work.
8. Wearing the bracelet
Voila! Your hard work is done! To wear the bracelet, simply loop one end through the loop at the other end and tie a knot.
And there you have it: A beautiful autumn-themed friendship bracelet. Make a matching one for yourself, and you and your grandchild can wear them as a symbol of your special bond. Plus, it’s a fun way to carry a little piece of fall with you wherever you go! 🙂