Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Birthday Craft Fair Project: Beaded Friendship Bracelets

"A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend, my world." ~ Leo Buscaglia

For the second craft project in Mary Ashley's recent Birthday Craft Fair, we gathered the girls on a picnic quilt to make friendship bracelets.

I bought strings of glass beads at Michaels and let each guest choose one. We also used grosgrain ribbon, Stretch Magic cord, scissors and collapsible needles to make the bracelets.


We made our bracelets by wrapping ribbon around our beads as we threaded the elastic cord through. Twinkle and Twine has a great tutorial for this craft, along with several different methods for incorporating ribbon into the design.


This craft wound up being a little advanced for our craft fair guests, who ranged in age from 6 to 9. The mothers at the party assisted the girls with knotting the cord and starting the beading. We found that it was easier to make the bracelets if we kept them in our laps or on the quilt as we worked.

In the end, we had pretty pearl bracelets to celebrate the gift of friendship.



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