Published on May 16th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Braided Bracelets Craft for Teens
This post hits so close to home for me. I have a minion who has been diagnosed ADD, and she struggles with focusing on any task at hand. Even though she is getting high marks in school, she struggles to achieve them, especially when classes are full of distractions. As her mom, being a professional crafter, I am always asking her to craft with me, but she just doesn’t have the desire to, it often frustrates her and doesn’t move fast enough for her to finish what she starts. With her in mind, I thought hard about any kind of craft that might keep her attention long enough to be finished, and interesting enough for her to want to try.
Teens aren’t the easiest to come up with craft ideas, costs can be high, results can vary, and finding something they deem ‘cool’ enough can be a demanding list to check off. Obviously all kids/tween/teens who have attention issues may have different results, but I think this braided bracelets craft for teens is a craft that can be created in less then 10 minutes, but is cool enough that even if they have the need to walk away, can be picked up again and finished.
I’d also like to point out that this craft can be done for sleepovers, camp groups, girl scouts, etc. for a quick and easy craft.
You only need some floss. There are many floss companies out there. I saw these bags of neon floss at my Walmart and grabbed them. They were about $5 for a bag of 24 skeins of floss. I loved the neon colors. You can pick colors of your favorite sports team, school, rainbow or mix them as you like. What I think is really cool is you only need about 12 -16 inches of floss per piece, you could get a few bracelets out of one skein.
I think picking colors of the bracelet should be considered a step. Often this is the hardest part. Don’t forget, boys can do reds/blacks/neons/camo colors and have their own bracelets too!
Once you have chosen colors, decide how many strands you want to make your bracelet. I used 9 strands – 3 strands for each part of the braid. Mix and match the strands, or keep them one color. Cut them about 12-16 inches long, depending on how big the wrist is, if it’s a tiny female, smaller. A larger boned male might need the longer length.
Tie a knot about 4 inches in from the end of the strands.
I used my wrist rest and a push pin to hold them in place. You can get a friend to hold them, or use a safety pin pinned to a sock (then put on), so you have some resistance in braiding.
Divide your strands into three parts, and braid them together.
I took the braid and looped it around my wrist to see if the length was good, and then tied a second knot at the end of my braid. I trimmed off the excess beyond 3-4 inches past the knot.
Create lots of bracelets for yourself, friends or a party! Finally we found a craft that my minion was excited about. She was able to pick colors out, I put them together, and she braided several to finish them. How neat that she is wearing her own creations.
The minions love their bracelets. And they are excited to give some to their friends too!