Plastic String Braiding Directions

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Plastic string can be used in crafts such as weaving or lanyard-making. Kids might also enjoy braiding plastic string to create bracelets or necklaces, as well as other items such as key chains or bookmarks. Taking time to make these simple projects with kids will show that you want to be with them, and it will also teach them skills that could be useful later in life.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic string

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select three pieces of plastic string. They can be all the same colour or a variety of colours. The length of the string depends on what you are going to make. Measure for the length of braided string you will need, and then add several inches to that measurement before cutting. The braiding will shorten the length of the finished string---plus you need some loose string on the ends for tying.

  2. 2

    Put all three pieces of string together. Hold them by one end as one string, and make a loop. Take the ends and pull them through the loop to make a knot.

  3. 3

    Spread the three strings apart so that you can see them.

  4. 4

    Take the string on the far right and move it between the other two strings.

  5. 5

    Take the string on the far left and move it between the other two strings. Continue alternating between moving the right and left strings to the middle. Take the strings in hand and cinch them up every few string movements to keep the braid tight.

  6. 6

    When the braid is the proper length, tie a knot in that end.

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