A braided bracelet is the most popular craft bracelet among kids and teens for two reasons. One, it is so simple to make. And two, the materials needed are inexpensive. As a matter of fact, braided bracelets can be completed in less than an hour with materials that are readily available in the house. If you want to make one for your child, here are the instructions.
- Decide on the materials. Any cord material will do. It can be a ribbon, yarn, lace, and string. In fact, to add to the visual interest, you can braid three different materials in the same color. Or if you want to push your creativity further, try to braid different materials in different colors. Just remember: Choose the materials according to the look you want to achieve.
- Get the bracelet measurement. Wrap a tape measure around your kid’s wrist to determine the actual length of the bracelet. Remember that the bracelet should be loose but should not slide down and off the hand.
- Prepare the materials. Add around ten inches to the actual length of the bracelet. Then cut your materials according to the final measurement. Put the materials together; their ends should be even. Make a knot three inches from one tip of the joined materials. And if possible, tape the materials to your working table or a corkboard, so you can braid without any trouble.
- Begin to braid. Grab two strands with your left hand, while your right hand holds the remaining strand. Bring the center strand over the left strand so that the left strand is now the center strand. The center strand should then be pulled on top of the right strand, which brings the right strand to the center. Again, bring the center strand over to the left. Do this continuously until you have braided the intended length of the bracelet. Make a knot to close the braid.
- Close the bracelet. Bring the two knotted ends of the bracelet together. Then, make two more knots to keep the bracelet closed. Cut the excess strands afterwards.
- Fit the bracelet. Ask your child to wear the bracelet. It should fit her well. The bracelet should not be too tight that it leaves a mark, but it shouldn’t be too loose that it drops to the ground.
- Adorn the bracelet. The braided bracelet is pretty as it is, but if you want to make it more appealing, consider adding charms and beads. You can glue them on the bracelet, or use yarns or threads to sew them into the braid.
Remember to fit the braided bracelet to your child as you go along. This way, you can make adjustments to the length even before you make the locking knot. If it is too short, you can braid some more. If it is too long, you can undo a small part of the bracelet. Adjusting the length after you have made the knot will be quite difficult, and impossible if you have already cut the excess strands.