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How To Make Friendship Bracelets (Using A Braiding Disc)

video How To Make Friendship Bracelets (Using A Braiding Disc)
Here's how to make braided cord for friendship bracelets and other uses - making use of a cardbaord braiding disc.
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Does anyone know where to get a braiding disc just like this?
just make one man!
You can buy them at magic cabin in kits for $10 to $15 but can be made there are patterns at ask.com
You can buy very nice ones made of foam-core at Amazon.co --look under the heading "kumihimo". In fact, for around $13.00, you can buy a clever little kit which includes the aforementioned disk, some small cord bobbins, and instructions. For a wee bit more, you can get a larger kit with the same, plus various colors of braiding cord. And for a LOT more, you can buy a full-sized wooden maru-dai (the grand mother of the foam disks), but the foam ones are a great way to find out whether kumihimo is your cup of tea, without going broke.
Did it pass your mind to do one at home????????
you can make one easily enough using a paper plate (I suggest a strong one not flimsy but either will do) take anything round and trace a circle on it. Cut 4 slits (just a little way in) ie: North, South, East, West, then cut another one in between those. That's it. If you want a sturdier one they do sell them online. Google Kumihimo Braiding Disc and I'm sure you will find them.
bobfrom866 years ago
I would assume you could do the same thing with 5 strings, just make a card with 6 slots? Also, would the counting change?
No, it needs to be a multiple of eight for this type of braiding.
LordGormyr3 years ago
yay for the hand... obtw great ible
Bogdann693 years ago
Thank you...Hand!
aknagyerla4 years ago
yay :) thank you so much that was very easy to do and looked good
applemom4 years ago
i really enjoyed the instructions for this project. it was simple but straight forward. I look forward to trying this project myself.
Zorasta4 years ago
very nicely done video
and I love the ending... 'may I have a hand please' *hand appears*
... *skitters off to go make bracelets*

startfresh4 years ago
That was Great!! Very easy to understand too! Thank-you!!!
parda5 years ago
Done! That was really well explained, i just did my first bracelet using the braiding disc this afternoon. Thanks a lot!
luggybuggy5 years ago
Wow. thats cool :) good Idea, im going to do it right now. I think thats how they make rope. haha XP Good Idea :)
Thanks so much! This was sooo easy to follow! Had fun making them! I might use this with my 4-H group. Easy project for everyone.
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how do i see the video? everytime i pull this page up its just a blank screen!! please help!!
Miss Twist5 years ago
Wonderful instructable...thanks
i was just wondering how long the strings need to be.
The length of the strings would depend on the finished length you want it to be, I suppose. If you want a bracelet, make the strings shorter, make them longer for a necklace, etc. I think if you took the desired finished length and added a few inches for "safety, loss and tying off" you'd be on the right track.
shadon5 years ago
this one is awesome I tried it in different strings i found it really easy i didn't finde the braiding disc so i made one by my self =]
paulana5 years ago
Spectacular, thanks, my son will love this
Tailslvr7_76 years ago
I made one using "plastic bag yarn": You can find it on another instaructable. It turned out good, and now I can giver my friend something!
I make that yarn too, and have just finished a bracelet using it when I read your comment.....creepy
Atomic Shrimp (author)  Tailslvr7_76 years ago
Oh, wow! I'd never heard of plastic bag yarn before, but what a great idea. - thanks for introducing me to this - Now I have a million ideas hatching in my head...
subajawa5 years ago
I will be teaching this technique to a bunch of kids at our summer camp this year. It is a really neat instructable and has motivated me to start learning this kumihimo art. Thanks a lot !!
bigfangirl5 years ago
Awesome job man! I totally understood everything you were saying and i made one myself
thanks so much for teaching us :D
Shambhala5 years ago
What a great job of explaining how to make a simple friendship bracelet! I viewed some pretty confusing demonstrations that made my head spin. This one was clear, quick, and has you up and running before you know it. I hope to see some more elaborate braiding in the future. Fantastic! Thanks!!
Kiteman5 years ago
Sorry, Mangetout, I missed your video before I posted my braiding ible - I've added a link back here from there.
ricardovw5 years ago
Very cool, I'm working on it right now :)
Can you do this with more than 8 strings?
Atomic Shrimp (author)  funkmachine3166 years ago
Yes. I'm working on another design that uses lots more threads and can make a range of different styles of braids...
I tried with 15 strings and 16 slits on the disc... utter failure.
You may have to jump more threads that just 2 to make it work. PS: excellent craft! thanks for sharing it!
Nope, I tried that. Nothing worked.
Atomic Shrimp (author)  funkmachine3166 years ago
Sorry to hear that - with more strings, I've only ever used different techniques and patterns (I will try to document them soon, I promise).
acoupoly6 years ago
I made one for my boyfriend following your tutorial. I just changed the end parts and used a barrel clasp to join the ends. This is the one I made. :) Thank you very much for the instructions! :)
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hammer98766 years ago
I made this tonight from variegated yarn while listening to the political convention of my choice. (I won't say which because it says just below that there is a "be nice" comment policy and I don't want to start a firestorm.) Thanks again.
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hammer98766 years ago
Very clear. Incredibly easy. I am surprised I hadn't even heard of it before. Five stars for a project any little kid can do. I have some plastic I was going to recycle. I am going to fish it out and cut out a disk. Friendship bracelets to match every outfit! (Where is my yarn?!)
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