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At my daughter’s elementary school, candy Valentines are discouraged. Instead, we whipped up a batch of these sweet friendship bracelets for her classmates. They are so quick and easy, you can make them for everyone on your Valentine’s list.

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The bracelets feature our  mini bamboo heart charms paired with colorful cording and a simple bead closure. They are adjustable so they will fit all wrist sizes. Perfect for kids and adults alike.

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Download the free template and print out backing cards to make your bracelets perfectly giftable. Follow the tutorial below and share the love this Valentine’s Day! -Susan

Materials

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  • Cord or string. We used 1mm Chinese knotting cord.
  • Mini bamboo heart charms
  • Seed beads or similar. The size of the seed bead you use depends on how thick your cord or string is. We used size 6 seed beads.
  • Big-eye beading needle
  • Printable card template
  • Printable scrapbook paper or cardstock. We used kraft paper cardstock, but white or other colors would work.

Making

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Cut about 18 inches of cording and thread it through the hole in the heart charm. You can use a beading needle if necessary to thread the cord through the hole.

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Using a beading needle, thread both ends of the cord through a bead. The bead will be used to secure the bracelet. It needs to be large enough to just accommodate the cording, but it should not be too loose.

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Measure the size of the bracelet by placing it around the widest part of your hand. Slide the bead to adjust the size of the bracelet.

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Without moving the bead, tie an overhand knot on each end of the cording to secure the bead. Trim the ends of the cord about 1/4 inch from the knot.

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If desired, print out and cut the backing cards. Make a small slit on the side edge of each card to secure the bracelet.

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Quick and easy friendship bracelets for Valentine’s Day
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