Easy Friendship Bracelets with Cardboard Loom

Time for some DIY Friendship Bracelets. My kids are finally getting into the age where they are starting to love classic summer crafts such as friendship bracelets making. I used to love making easy friendship bracelets when I was young – it was great to make these at summer camp and give to my new friends, and also during those long summer afternoons. As we plan our first “longer” holiday this summer, which will require a fair amount of travelling, I think these easy friendship bracelets make a great road trip craft too. They are easy to prep, take a long and of course make. The kids will hopefully find plenty of friends to give them to whilst we are away, as well as bring them back as gifts for their friends at home! This is a great cardboard circle bracelet technique that I am sure you will love too!

Using a cardboard Loom to make friendship bracelets!

Today we are showing you how to make a friendship bracelet with a Cardboard Loom or Cardboard Circle. Cardboard Circle Bracelet DIYs are easy and fun. We have shared classic friendship bracelets before – which though they are easy once you get the hang of them – can be a bit confusing for young kids and only really look nice with embroidery threads. I love the cardboard loom bracelets, as they really are so very very very easy to make for kids of all abilities AND look great with both ordinary wool / yarn as well as embroidery silks.

How to make friendship bracelets with cardboard

Materials needed

yarn/ wool in different colours, you will need 7 strands of approximately 50cm
a piece of cardboard (we used a tin can to measure out the circle)
rule, pencil and scissors for making the disc
bead/ button OPTIONAL for closing mechanisms

You can get a great printable with instructions pack in my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s store. This includes some Valentine’s Day Cards (with puns) so they can be made as friendship bracelets on Valentine’s.

I find the video really does show how best to use your cardboard disc in order to make your yarn friendship bracelets. however, you can read below the instructions for making your cardboard discs.. AND.. from about 5 minutes into the video I show you 3 different ways of closing your Kumihimo friendship bracelets. I do waffle on a bit (ahem sorry…), but hopefully the different ways of closing your friendship bracelets will be useful. My son likes the “permanent” knots best, whilst my daughter likes using beads.

How to make your cardboard loom for friendship bracelets

Using a tin can or similar, cut out a cardboard circle
Draw 4 lines across your kumihimo cardboard disc to create 8 equal segments. I found that if they are not exactly equal it isn’t really a problem. Just get it as neat as possible.
Make a hole in the middle (big enough to thread all 7 pieces of yarn through, I use small scissors to push them through)
Cut 1cm into each line you drawn – so you have approximately 1cm cut, 2 cm uncut and then the hole
Your DIY Kumihimo disc is ready to get crafty with!!

How to make kumihimo friendship bracelets using a cardboard loom

For this section refer to the video as it really makes it easier to understand.. however here are some written instructions.

Take your seven strands of yarn and tie a knot at one end – now depending on how you finish off your bracelet, you may want to vary how you make this knot – see below for different options
Thread your strands through the hole in the disc. I find using scissors to push them through really helps!
Now you 7 strands dangling down. Take one strand at a time and slot it through one of the 1 cm strips.
You should now have a disc that looks like the image below.

Easy Friendship Bracelets

Equipment

7 Threads in desired colours x 50cm
Cardboard
Scissors
Tin can for making template (though templates are available for download)

Instructions

Using a tin can or similar, cut out a cardboard circle.
Draw 4 lines across your disc to create 8 equal segments.
Make a hole in the middle.
Cut 1cm into each line you drawn – so you have approximately 1cm cut, 2 cm uncut and then the hole.
Take your seven strands of yarn and tie a knot at one end.
Thread your strands through the hole in the disc.
Take one strand at a time and slot it through one of the 1 cm strips. You should have 7 strands tucked in, with one “space slot”.
Take the 3rd strand to the LEFT of the spare slot, lift it up, bring it down and put across the spares slot. This creates a new space.
Rotate your disc for this to point down and pick the strand 3 to the left and fold down.
Repeat.
Your yarn friendship bracelet will begin to “grow” on the other side of the disc, give it a gentle tug every so often

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