Maude’s Valentine Friendship Bracelets

February 12, 2009

Have you reached Valentine’s Day overload yet? I hope not. Because I’ve got more good stuff coming your way. Yesterday we finished up Maude’s school Valentines. Maude is a maker. Last year, she gave origami hearts filled with treats. This year, she is way into friendship bracelets — and she wanted to make one for everyone in her class — so she did.

It took her about 3 hours total. An evening, a morning and an afternoon work session. She used an especially simple pattern so she could work quickly. Also, she kept a specific classmate in mind as she picked the colors for each bracelet — so, for a boy who’s a big Yankee fan, Maude would choose white and blue. They turned out wonderfully and Maude felt great about them.

I was wishing I had a copywriter at my side while we came up with Valentine messages. Mostly we used the words “friend” and “knot.” We printed the messages on cardstock, trimmed them out, punched two holes and threaded the bracelets through, ready to be tied on to wrists and ankles.

Here’s a pdf of the 6 friendship bracelet messages. Also, here’s friendship bracelet tutorial from Maude.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara February 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

I will remember this for when my daughter is older — we had great success yesterday making the MadLibs ones for my son’s class and the bookmarks for my daughter’s. Thanks again!


2 ellen February 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

So clever!


3 Stephanie February 12, 2009 at 11:34 am

What an absolute cutie she is! You’ve raised a sweet and generous child Gabrielle.


4 Katie February 12, 2009 at 11:40 am

you’re kids are going to have the best valentines in their classes. hands down!


5 brittany February 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

you do such great valentines with your kids. i am so impressed that you come up with different ones for each individual child.


6 Triplet Mami February 12, 2009 at 11:50 am

What a cool idea! This is one of those to save for when my girls get bigger.

Love it!


7 Robin February 12, 2009 at 12:22 pm

how sweet of her!


8 Becky February 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Love those! You have us beat for sure this year!


9 Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love February 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm

That’s awesome! Have to remember for when my girls are older!


10 Lisa February 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Definitely will do this one next year with my daughter. We made the lollipop flowers you posted about earlier and they turned out well. She had so much fun!

Thanks again Gabrielle

(Anything for St. Patty’s day?)


11 Rachel February 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

This is SO COOL! You and your daughter make a great team, I just love these! I’ll be linking.


12 Stephanie Rice February 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm

What a cute idea! I didn’t know kids still made friendship bracelets. I remember making these… oh, 15 years ago? Thanks for sharing!


13 Denise F February 13, 2009 at 12:40 am

That is such a cute idea!


14 Mamalang February 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

Those are awesome!


15 abby February 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

so sweet. yay, maude!


16 Deitra September 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Just sumbled across you tonight. Though V-Day is a ways out, these would be soooo cute for my niece! I think I’ll teach her how to make the bracelets though, so I don’t have to! :-P


17 Dayna January 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

What a great idea. I think my daughter would love to give these (if she doesn’t get bored with making them- she has 27 kids in her class). How do you make the bracelets? Thanks for the idea.


18 Marie January 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

What a cute idea!


19 Gayle Trini February 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Love these and I love even more that I stumbled upon this link on ivillage kids crafts :)
I think I am going to try these with my eldest daughter

(I haven’t visited your site in such a long time I feel bad :( going to troll through it now)


20 Michelle Paige January 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

I adore this idea and the clever pun! Would you be willing to link up this post to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I’d love to have your creativity! Thanks!


21 Tami January 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Just stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.


22 Naomi January 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hi there passing thru and I saw this! I love this idea. I am making tiny crochet hearts w/a pin back attached for my son’s valentine favors. We still have to come up with a phrase for them, so hoping we come up with a clever one like yours :-)

you can read about it here if you like.


23 Monica Stallings January 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Love this friendship bracelet idea! Can you point me to directions on how to make the bracelets? I can’t quite tell the type of knot from the photo.


24 Katie February 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Yeah, what kind of bracelet is the one in the picture? Since the tutorial is the swirly one. Thanks!


25 Diane January 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

I would love to know what pattern she used for the ones in the pictures here. It seems to be a different (and more simplistic) pattern. Thanks in advance if you can share!


26 Jen January 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

Love this idea and I have included a link to this in a Valentine craft round-up on my site…


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