For this month's craft afternoon, where we make gift items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, we produced these quick and easy little beaded bracelets.
Here's how to make a bracelet:
You will need:
A small amount of yarn, or soft string. Cotton yarn is best, but any will do. We used cotton double knitting yarn, and acrylic four-ply or double knitting yarn. A few beads - you'll need roughly 15-20 beads per bracelet.
Cut 3 lengths of yarn, approx 45 cm/18 in in length. Tie the 3 strands together at about 8 cm/3 in from one end. Thread one of the long ends with a needle, making sure it is small enough to pass through your beads. Then start plaiting the 3 strands together. You'll find it easier to plait if you anchor the knotted end in some way: we found various ways of doing this:
1) You can anchor it under a heavy object - a mug or a glass is ideal.
2) You can get a friend to hold it for you.
3) You can grip it between your knee and a table leg!
Continue plaiting the threads, inserting a bead in your plait every inch or so, until you reach about 8-10 cm/2.5-3 inches from the end.
Then tie the three strands together in another knot. Finally, thread a bead onto the three loose strands at the end of each knot, and secure by knotting each end.
These little decorations can be tied around s little girl's wrist as a bracelet, or can be used as a hair decoration as well.
It's always lovely to see different people's interpretations on a simple idea.
One clever lady even added a touch of macramé to her creations.
Thanks to all the craft ladies for coming to help out this month and for helping me make this little tutorial!