In elementary school (don’t ask what year, I’m not telling) I remember friendship bracelets being all the rage. We would raid our grandparent’s embroidery thread and set off to make matching bracelets that showed we would be best friends forever! Of course best friends changed and moved away but while we were together, our friendship was tied (haha, pun intended) together.
One of the struggles I remember with making the bracelets was having something to secure them to during the tying process. My Friendship Bracelet Maker eliminates those issues! With a neat little contraption that secures your threads (the green part on the picture below), you don’t have to worry about your bracelet slipping. Another cool feature is that slide out drawer that holds all of your embroidery threads!
The kits state they are made for children 6+ but I would say these would be better geared towards children a little bit older. I tried making the bracelet’s with my friends daughter and it was a little difficult for her to keep her threads untangled and tie her knots properly. Made of heavy duty plastic, they are lightweight enough to throw in a backpack or book bag. Included in each kit is detailed instructions on how to properly make the knots and several different colors of embroidery thread to get you going. If you want to go beyond the simple stripe pattern that I made, you can view all the different patterns at on My Friendship Bracelet Maker’s website. Patterns range from kittens to ghosts to words like BIEBER! Making friendship bracelets is a great way to get your child to explore their creative side and get them away from all the electronic gadgets. If your family takes a lot of long car trips like mine, this is a nice way for your child to pass the time. Instead of hearing, “are we there yet” they may even want you to drive a little further.
The original My Friendship Bracelet Maker is a little bit bigger than the Traveler and holds more threads. Each kit secures up to five strands of thread for kids (or adults) who want to make wider bracelets.
Choose Friendship (the company’s name) was created by a grandfather trying to braid a bracelet with his young granddaughters. Realizing all the demands and pressures put on children these days, he realized the difference a handmade bracelet can make for an anxious child. All children need a creative outlet to express themselves and with cuts in arts programs nationwide, even a simple bracelet can provide them with that self-expression. Additionally the company launched an anti-bully, pro-friendship song and music video. Performed by a Michigan tween performer, Marisa Nahas, who co-wrote the song. More than just a great product, they are a great company who is giving back to the community.
East9thStreet was given products in order to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are mine and yours may differ.