This Yarn bracelet is so easy to make! Even little hands can create some amazing designs with supplies you already have around the house!
We are officially in SUMMER MODE (Yikes!) I always panic…. how am I supposed to keep these kids entertained??? (and I don’t mean Xbox, iPod, or video games entertained)
SO–I’m going into summer survival mode!
All week long–fun games and crafts that will be inexpensive and easy to do to keep your kiddos busy (and out of your hair!) WITH a BIG giant finale at the end!!!!
We also referred to these as Jellyfish Bracelets since they look like jellyfish while making them!
EDITED TO ADD: I posted these on TikTok and someone informed me this type of braiding is called kumihimo! Make sure to go search it out! It is an amazing technique. This is a very basic version! But still very cool and very easy!
The last time my sister came up we made these bracelets her son had made for a school fundraiser! They are super easy and we had a blast making them! This is one of the best and easiest ways to make bracelets, especially with little kids! It’s mostly counting and you can set it down and come back later to finish it. (Unlike when you have rubber bands on your fingers making a rubber band bracelet!)
Supplies to make a yarn bracelet
Here’s what you need to make a yarn bracelet…
- A cardboard circle 5-6 inches big (we cut ours out of a back of a used notebook using a bowl to trace around)
- 7 18-24 inch strips of yarn tied into a knot (we bought yarn that is multicolored) We have also used these with embroidery floss for a thinner bracelet!
Take your cardboard circle and push the scissors in the middle to create a hole in the middle and then cut 8 notches around it. Each notch is about an inch. Try to make them evenly spaced but it doesn’t have to be exact.
How to make a yarn friendship bracelet:
First step: Tie all 7 strands of the yarn or string into a big knot. Then push the knot through the hole in the center of the cardboard. If it falls out, You might need to double or triple the knot
This will be the underneath.
Second step: Take each string and put them each in a notch.
You have one empty spot (8 notches and 7 strings)
Step 3: Find your empty spot and count 3 over. It doesn’t matter if you go clockwise or counterclockwise. whatever feels natural. But once you go in a certain direction, you have to stay in that direction!
Once you have located your string that is 3rd over, take that string out of it’s notch and place it in the empty spot. Now you have a new empty spot. Count 3 over and take out the string in that spot and move it to the empty spot. And keep repeating!
Then you have a new empty spot…(where you took out the 3rd string)
The braid will start building underneath. You will need to make sure to pull it down every once in a while to keep it growing properly.
Once it gets long enough, you just take off the strings from the cardboard and tie it to your wrist!
You can see why we call it a jellyfish!
It’s a very cool-looking bracelet. More round than flat like other friendship bracelets!
This one is using embroidery floss. It’s a little thinner and smaller than the other kind.
More bracelet tutorials:
- rubber band bracelet
- paracord braid
- friendship bracelets (4 different techniques)
- Beaded Daisy Bracelet
- Melted perler bead jewelry