Two Simple Friendship Bracelets for Celebrating the Olympics

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:

Olympic Friendship Bracelets

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We are getting really excited for the London 2012 Olympics that start this week. We’ve been talking about the Opening Ceremonies and have learned a bit about the Olympic mascots- Wenlock and Mandeville. Wenlock wears five friendship bracelets that are in the colors of the Olympic rings. His goal is to make as many friends as possible during the Olympic games.

We love Wenlock’s goals and decided to make our own kid-friendly friendship bracelets that we can wear and give away to new friends during the Olympic games. Today, I am sharing two simple bracelet tutorials using the Olympic colors that should be fun to try out at any Olympic celebrations you have!

Although kids of all ages will enjoy making these, they are most appropriate for kids ages seven and up.

1. Floss Wrapped Bracelet

Olympic Friendship Bracelets

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Supplies:

  • embroidery floss in Olympic colors (black, red, yellow, green, and blue)
  • thin bendable cardboard
  • tape
  • scissors

Directions:

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1. Cut cardboard into thin strips and size them to fit a little bit larger than child’s wrist.

2. Tape floss to inside of bracelet and start wrapping with your first color.

3. Wrap all the way around the cardboard to layer the floss.

4. Cut off one color floss, tape it to the cardboard, and then start wrapping another floss over the edge of the previous one.

5. Continue until you’ve wrapped all of the colors.

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Finish the bracelet off by poking holes in each end of the cardboard and wrapping floss through the holes to create a tie. This part is harder, so your kids may need some adult assistance to pull the floss through the small hole.

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2. Glue Striped Bracelet

Supplies:

  • embroidery floss in Olympic colors (black, red, yellow, green, and blue)
  • thin bendable cardboard
  • scissors
  • liquid glue

Directions:

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1. Cut the cardboard into thin strips to fit wrist.

2. Cut floss so that it is about two inches too long on either side of the cardboard.

3. Cover one side cardboard with glue.

4. Glue pieces of floss onto the cardboard one at a time to create stripes. We used three strands of each color.

5. Trim the edges of the cardboard if there is any space not covered with floss.

6. Trim ends to fit wrist and use longer pieces of floss to tie bracelet into place!

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If you’re looking for some other Olympic craft ideas, here are a few great resources:

What other types of friendship bracelets have you made before? Do you have any Olympic celebrations planned next week?

Kristina is a mom of 2 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.