DIY Friendship Bracelet Kit: Great Gift Idea for Tweens!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Good Thursday morning to you!

I was all on the ball over the summer, thinking up Christmas gifts, planning ahead, even ordering a few back in July, yet somehow I still have 10 million things on my to-do list.  At least all of the gifts I need to buy are checked off the list, but I still have quite a few to make.  Why do I do this to myself?

Anywho, I don't have to worry about gifts for the tween girls in my life... I got those taken care of back in August.  Booyah.  

I was inspired by this Friendship Bracelet Kit over at Eighteen25.

It really couldn't be easier to put this together once you pick up all the supplies.  It helps if you have multiple tweens in your life (I made these for 3 of my cousins) so you can buy the supplies in bulk!

Craft Organizer
Embroidery Floss
Floss Bobbins
Clipboard (not pictured)

Seeing as how I was able to make 3 kits with the huge packages of floss and beads I found at Hobby Lobby, the price averaged out to about $8 per gift.  Doesn't really get any better than that, does it?

I separated the floss into three piles for the three girls... more muted, "sophisticated" colors for the oldest, and fun rainbow colors for the younger two.

Now for the painstaking process of winding the bobbins.  Slip one end of the floss into one of the slits...

...then start wrapping...

...and wrapping.  When you come to the end of the floss, stick the end into the other slit.  It's super easy, just a little time consuming!

To keep your floss from getting tangled as you wrap, here's how I did it:

1.  Take the paper wrappings off.
2.  Separate the floss down the middle so you have a nice circle.
3.  Slip the circle over your wrist and one of the ends onto the floss bobbin.
4.  As you wrap, the floss will circle off your wrist without getting into a tangled mess!

Now for the fun part:  Organizing!

The craft organizers I got (at HobLob) were the perfect size to fit 10 bobbins in the long slot with room for lots of beads in the smaller slots.  If you're particular (which I am), arrange them in rainbow order.

Ahh, organization, how I love thee!

Feel free to embellish the clipboard as much as you want, but I chose to just clip a cover sheet and some instructions onto it.  (I included Honestly WTF's fabulous tutorial for a chevron friendship bracelet to get them started.)  A clipboard makes friendship-bracelet-making a much easier task!

 I also made them each a bracelet so they would have something to wear while making their own.  And there you have it.  An easy gift that any tween girl would love to receive! 

Because I love you guys soooo much, here's the graphic I created for your downloading pleasure:

You can add the name of your favorite girl using any photo editing software.

Are you guys making any fun gifts this year?


  1. Very cute! I used to love making friendship bracelets as a kid.

  2. Great gift idea. I like this design very much.