In the At Home with Martin & Sylvia story, "Playdate," it’s a beautiful morning, and brother and sister want a playdate. Momma agrees to call their friends, Jonathan and Sasha, but Martin and Sylvia can’t agree on what to play. They insist on their own ideas, until Momma gives them a challenge: find a way to incorporate everyone’s wishes into one inclusive activity. How do you combine bike riding, imaginative play, drawing, and botany?
This week we are talking about social inclusion – and what a better way to talk about social inclusion than to craft it!
The first time I recieved a friendship bracelet, I was 11 and attending summer camp for the first time. One of my bunkmates, whom I'd only known for a day or two, came up to me in the craftroom and handed me a friendship bracelet – much like the one in this tutorial – and I was taken aback. She barely knew me, and yet she'd taken the time to make me something. It gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling of being included. By the end of that summer, I would come to have a mighty collection of friendship bracelets.
There is something about making and giving that makes both the giver and the reciever feel warm and welcome.
These basic bracelets are super easy to make; you'll likely find yourself making them for everyone you know, because you'll want to show them you are all friends.
Basic Friendship Bracelets
- Embroidery floss of various colors
- Tape or a safety pin
Start by choosing your colors. Cut the first string at least 20 inches long. The length will really depend on the size of bracelet you want to make. Then cut the other strings at the same length. In this tutorial I used only three colors, for simplicity. You are welcome to use as many colors as you like.
Next, gather the strings together and tie them in a knot at one end. Tape this end to a table or chair. Alternatively, you can use safety pin, pinned through the knot and into some type of fabric. This option is great for making bracelets on-the-go: like in a car attached to the back of a fabric-covered car seat, or out at the park attached to your pant leg.
About the Author
KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.