Hi Everyone! I’m Melanie from Artzy Creations and I’m so happy to be your Summer Camp Counselor today. Growing up during the summers, I would make tons of bracelets. There could never be enough string or yarn around the house. It was one of the best summer boredom busters for me. My daughter is now showing the love for making bracelets too, so, I introduced her to these Straw Weaving Bracelets. Straw weaving is a great way to make bright chunky bracelets that are perfect for the kids. The best part is that they are inexpensive to make.
Here’s What You Need For Straw Weaving:
- Yarn in Different Colors
Step 1: Decide how wide to make your bracelet 3, 4, or 5 straws wide. Cut the straws 5″ in length. This length of straw works well for my daughter who is 9. If you have a child making this that might have a larger wrist, increase to 6″ or 6.5″. Tape the ends of the straws together to hold them in place. Step 2: Cut three pieces of string that are roughly double the length of the straws and thread each string through a straw. At one end, tie all three strands together in a knot like seen above. Step 3: Choose a color of yarn that you would like to begin weaving with. Tie it to the first straw. I always double knot mine to make sure it’s going to hold. Step 4: Begin weaving in an under & over pattern. Over the first straw, under the next, back over the next. You get the idea. When going in the opposite direction, make sure to do the opposite pattern of the one before it. After your band of color is the thickness desired, tie on your next colored piece of yarn and continue.
Step 5: When you get to the end of the straws, wrap the yarn around the end of the straw and make a loop. Pull the end of the yarn through the loop to make a knot. Step 6: Pull this tight and double knot it to tie it off. Carefully, push your weaving up to expose the straws and begin to slide the straws out untill they have been removed. Push the weaving together and straighten it up as needed. Tie it onto your wrist and trim the excess yarn.
So easy and simple! Yet, it will literally keep your kiddos occupied for hours.
Melanie is a mother of two daughters, an Art Educator for seventeen years, and an artist. She loves to do anything creative.
Posted on June 17, 2014
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