Introduction: DIY Friendship Bracelets
What did you make?
I made friendship bracelets to sell and raise money toward my senior beach trip. I used cotton string that you can find in almost any craft store and wal-mart. You tie the bracelet around your arm and you can keep it there until it falls off or you can make it loose enough to slip it on and off your wrist.
How did you make it?
My mother came home one day with a book on how to make bracelets and with the cotton string. I soon figured out how to make them and got the inspiration to sell them when my friends began to ask me where I got my bracelets. One of my friends suggested that I try to sell them. So I made and sold them for a dollar each. As I worked on the bracelets I discovered ways to make the bracelets even more unique. I discovered how to put knots in them and make two colors look like stripes instead of solid. I began to experiment to find out ways that I could make my bracelets even better.
Where did you make it?
I made the bracelets anywhere that I could. I made them at school during lectures, during lunch, at home, and anywhere I had time. I became so good at making the bracelets that I could make them without having to look at what I was doing. I would continue a conversation without even having to look down at my strings to see if I'm doing it right.
What Did you learn?
I learned how to be an entrepreneur by making and selling my bracelets. I also learned a great deal of responsibility. I had to keep up with the bracelets and the money. I also took special orders and request so when people gave me a dollar to make their bracelet I had to get the bracelet made as soon as possible and back to them just as quick. I am most proud of myself for being responsible for keeping up with all of my orders and being very efficient with getting them as soon as possible. I had a lot of fun making these bracelets and would not change anything that I did.
Step 1: Materials
Scissors, Cotton String, and your wrist.
Step 2: Step 1
Pick up to 5 colors of string. You can choose less but using less that 3 makes the bracelet very thin and using more than 5 usually makes it too thick.
Using just one color of string. Measure out the length of your wrist by wrapping the string around it. Leave a little extra room so you can tie the bracelet later. (about 2 inches extra) Triple the length of this by folding the string over itself twice. Once you have done this make a cut.
This is the first string that you will use as measurement for how long the others should be.
Measure out each color of the strings that you would like to use with this first string.
Step 3: Step Two
Tie a knot about the length of your finger down the strings.
This is your starting point.
Step 4: Step 3
Separate one string from the others. It doesn't matter which one or what color.
This is your starting string. Take it and fold it across the others.
It should make a backwards 4 shape or a sailboat like so.
Step 5: Step 4
Fold this string under all of the strings and pull it back through the "backwards 4" or "sailboat" hole. Like so.
Then pull this tightly.
Continue this step until you get that color to the desired length. Usually about an inch long.
Step 6: Step 5
Once you have your first color at the desired length, place the all of the strings back together.
Separate the next string that you would like to use.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach the desired length and continue this process until there is about 3 inches left of string to use.
Step 7: Step 6
once there is only about 3 inches of string left tie a knot.
Braid the extra strings until you have no more string left and tie another knot.
Go to the other end of your bracelet and do the same process of braiding the leftover string and tying a knot.
Step 8: Your Finished Product
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