Sit down with your friends and relatives and make bracelets to add to your stash of jewellery. Stop at the craft store or craft section of a discount store to stock up on embroidery floss. Embroidery floss comes in a rainbow of colours, from the gentlest whites to the brightest, hottest fluorescent colours, which means you can make your bracelets any colours you want. While you're at the store, buy several plastic bangle bracelets. If you want to make thinner friendship bracelets, use items your parents already have at home and make a bunch to give to each other.
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Things you need
- Clear-drying glue
- Plastic bangle bracelets
- Cup (any size)
- Measuring tape
- Embroidery thread, desired colours
Squeeze out a thin line of glue on the inside of a bangle bracelet. Place the end of the embroidery floss on top of the glue and hold the floss until it bonds with the glue. This should take about 1 minute.
Wrap the floss around the bangle, from the inside to the outside, covering the bangle completely. If you run out of floss, add a new line of glue and hold the end of the floss on top of the glue until it sticks.
Add a new colour of embroidery floss -- use two or three different colours on one bracelet. Make your bracelet match or complement your outfits -- use your favourite colours.
Floss-Wrapped Bangle Bracelet
Place the open side of the cup on top of a piece of cardboard and trace around the cup with the pencil.
Cut around the tracing and poke a hole in the centre of the braiding disk with the pencil's point.
Cut eight slits evenly around the diameter of the braiding disk.
Measure your friend's wrist.
Cut seven strands of embroidery floss that are at least two times as long as the measurement of your friend's wrist. (If her wrist measures 6 inches, cut the seven strands of floss at least 12 inches long.)
Hold all seven strands together and poke them through the hole in the centre of the braiding disk. Leave a 2-inch tail and tie a knot to hold all strands in place.
Slide the seven strands into seven of the slots on the braiding disk, leaving one slit empty. Position the empty slot closest to you -- it should be at the bottom.
Move the third string from the right from its slot to the bottom (empty) slot. Rotate the disk so the new empty slot is closest to you.
Repeat the last step until your bracelet is the desired length. Remove all seven floss strands from the braiding disk and make a knot.
Tie the bracelet around your friend's wrist.
Braided Embroidery Floss Bracelets (Kumihimo)
Tips and warnings
- Make several floss-wrapped bracelets that coordinate, contrast or complement your wardrobe or that of a friend.
- Make several Kumihimo bracelets ahead of time to give as small gifts.
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