Friendship Bracelet Valentines.

Last Friday Ryan + the boys went up to the church to play a little basketball in the gym.  While they were away, Abby and I figured it would be a good time to search online for some valentine inspiration.  I'd remembered this post from last year and decided to show it to Abby to see what she thought about it.  She loved the idea of making little gifts for her classmates.



In all, Abby and I made 25 friendship bracelets.  I helped make the boy bracelets (10) while Abby focused on the 15 girl bracelets.  She finished them all in about an hour and a half.  A little Friday night and a little Saturday morning + afternoon.


We kept the pattern simple by using a basic braid.  Then, we fancied them up a bit with a sweet card + punched holes to lace the bracelets through.


What I wouldn't give to see her face as she hands them to each of her friends. 

I just might sneak in to their little party...

POST EDIT: After receiving a lot of emails from you dears, I'm now offering a printable PDF of the tag I used on Abby's friendship bracelet valentines. Hooray! You can download the file here. Enjoy!

Oh, in case you were wondering, I used this 2.5 inch scalloped edge paper punch to cut the circles out.

Download Tips: All of my free downloads are Adobe PDF's. If for some reason you have trouble downloading the file, it may be helpful to update your Adobe software. You can do that right here.

99 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I can't wait to show my daughter. So clever:)

    Thank you.

    Ashley, with CWDkids
    www.kidbits.cwdkids.com

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  2. I really love this idea! I might need to make some of these for my nieces. After all, I did teach them how to make friendship bracelets last year.

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  3. Seriously? These are the cutest ideas ever. YOU are the coolest mom.

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  4. Oh my gosh- love this idea- so using next year for shaye's class!

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  5. love it! you are amazingly creative :) so glad I get to work with you.

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  6. What a cute idea!

    Does your family have any Valentine's traditions that include your kids?

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  7. So clever. The kids will LOVE them.

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  8. I love the cards! And Abby did a great job!!

    Hannah loves making friendship braclets...it totally takes me back to the 80's...and I love it!

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  9. you are killing me! i LOVE this.

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  10. I love this for so many reasons. We'll have to remember this for next year. Claire would love to make bracelets for all her friends.

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  11. that is one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen!!
    She is going to be so proud :)

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  12. I know what my daughter will want to do after seeing this!

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  13. What an adorable idea! Her classmates will be so happy :)

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  14. LOVE this!! I already made mine but I may have to add these to that goodie bag too. So sweet! How did you make the scalloped edge tags? Was it a punch?

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  15. fantastic valentine idea. love it.

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  16. ok, i just have to say that i LOVE love your blog. you are my inspiration. {i've been reading your blog for some time now and every post is wonderful!}

    those valentines are to.die.for.

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  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE! As I said about Easton's valentines... I'd still have this had I gotten it as a kid. Way too cool to ever throw away! xoxo

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  18. Love this idea! I'm making them for my YW class.

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  19. Great idea! I wish I was this creative when I was in grade school

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  20. I came across your blog doing a search for camp crafts. Did you save this on your computer? I would love to use it and change it to say "camp" would knot be the same with out you.
    I am pretty clueless as far as how to make this stuff.
    Any tips would be appreciated!

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  21. i don't suppose you have a little download of those darling cards do you? i love it!!

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  22. Love this idea. I'm making bracelets for all my students as a little welcome gift from their teacher.

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  23. I just found this on Pinterest and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! My daughter is in 6th grade this year so no V-Day party, but I know she'll want to give her few closest friends a little something. These are perfect....and the little note, totally adorable! And I'm thinking you could easily adapt the saying to include other holidays:

    These would make a great B-day party favor and you could just change "class" to "birthday party."

    Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Do you have a tutorial on how to make the notes?

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  25. I love this idea! I was just telling my 6 year old I am going to teach her how to make friendship bracelets. Did you use a template for the circle and quote? I'll look for a circle punch, just what my scrapbooking accessory collection needs. : )
    Thank you!

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  26. What an excellent idea.
    We used to cut out hearts and write a Scripture verse on it and punch a hole and add a string for a necklace. Kids loved them.

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  27. What type of string did you use? Where did you get the template? I think I will do this for my students for Valentine's day.

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  28. Wow! These are so fun! I'll bet your daughter loved that she could help make them with you. :)

    I'm featuring these in my V-Day round-up this week!

    Thanks for the lovely inspiration (as always).

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  29. Thanks! I'm making these with my daughter for her first grade class!

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  30. Love these! My daughter just learned how to braid, so I think this would be perfect for her:) Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/valentines-for-kids/2012/01/09

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  31. I am having trouble with the tag file. I am not familiar with droplet, could you tell me how to open it? Thanks, I am always learning!

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  32. I love it!...Hmm :/ I'm having trouble opening the file...any ideas...Thank!

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  33. Friends,
    The file has been changed. I hope this helps with the downloading issues a few of you have had.
    xo.

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  34. I LOVE this! :) I am having trouble with the file. Any ideas? I love your tag!

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  35. I love it, too. But I'm having trouble opening the file. I have my heart set on doing these with my daughter, but your template definitely makes it amazing.

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  36. I can't get it either :( so bummed! I would love to be able to use this!

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  37. All 3 of my kids are going to LOVE this. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  38. Such a cute idea! I am also not able to open the .pdf file. Any other options? Thanks for your help.

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  39. The file won't open for me either.

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  40. Love this!!! Thanks for the idea

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  41. So darn cute! Any file help? I'm unable to open. :(

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  42. LOVE these!! Would like to make them for my son. Can you help with downloading the file? It's not working for me at all! HUGE thanks for your generous share! Love your blog, too.

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  43. This is amazing! I am also unable to download the file, but would love it if I could get it.

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  44. Thank You! My daughter loves this idea! I downloaded and printed today with no problem! Thanks for making this project so easy!!

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  45. I cannot download the file. Could you help me?

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  46. how adorable! my 8 year old daughter LOVES making friendship bracelets so this is right up her alley! I bought everything today but can't open your file.

    Can you help me please?

    Thanks so much!
    xoxo
    Lisa

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  47. I can't download this :( Any ideas?

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  48. I love this. I think this is what my daughter is going to do this year. This was too cute not to share, so I put a link back to you on my post today.

    Kim www.plumberrypie.blogspot.com

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  49. This is precious. It would be so cute with...Valentine's Day would knot be the same without you!

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  50. I'm having the same problem not being able to open the file it downloads as a MS-Dos application. Would love to make these with my Daughter, is there any other way to get a copy of the template?

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  51. PERFECT!! My daughter and I are working on making the friendship bracelets now! This is fantastic. Thank you!

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  52. I love these Valentines, so perfect for school. I chose them to be in our Top 5 for 2012!

    http://intheknowmom.net/?p=17835

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  53. Just made these for my daughter for her Valentines. She is SO excited. She even learned to braid. She made one and I made 20! The link to print was AWESOME! THANK YOU!

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  54. Thank you so much! What a GREAT idea!

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  55. Hi Dandee, I love this idea. We are so doing this. I need some help though. I went to find the punch and the one I got seems to be a tad small. I believe it is 2in and not 2.5. How did you create the cards so maybe I can replicate only smaller OR do you happen to have a version a bit smaller. I love your ideas!!! It is really great for those of us who love to do but lack the creative thought!!!!

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  56. My daughter and I made these tonight! They are super cute, thanks so much for posting!

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  57. I need help is ebroidery floss your using and how many strands for each color cuz I see the braid pretty thick.

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  58. LOVE THESE! Thanks for sharing your printable! I am getting ready to do these with my son... do you have a printable that has different color circle? He isn't too "hip" on pink. :) Thanks again! :D

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  59. I was wondering the same thing about the pink circle...any chance you happen to have another PDF with a boyish colored circle? My son and I have all the bracelets done just working on tags! Thank you these are GREAT!

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  60. does anyone have directions for how to make this type of braid?

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  61. Thank you so much! I'm a teacher and I'm going to make these for my class, right away! I just laser printed them in black and white onto cardstock and then I'm painting them with a wash of colour. I'm so glad that I procrastinated on my valentines :)

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  62. Thank you so much for being so generous to share this. We moved this year, so my 3rd grade daughter is new to her class (and school). To make matters more difficult, she has a particularly contentious classroom environment. This will go a long way to making the environment better for all the kids! Thanks so much again! Love, Shannon & Brenna Tiger -Mequon, Wisconsin

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  63. Thank you so much for posting the pdf for this. I was just trying to make it for my daughter and got frustrated because it was not as cute as yours. So thankful for pinterest and for finding your site. :) THANKS!!!!

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  64. I loved the idea of being a friendly boy Valentine, my son didn't want to make friendship bracelets though. We used the template to make goodie bags for his class with knot bows! Thank you!

    http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/5236/apdc0504.jpg

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  65. We made our own! :)Thanks for the awesome idea! If you want to peek. I blogged them up.
    http://karascreativeplace.blogspot.com/2012/02/friendship-bracelet-valentines.html

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  66. LOVED making these! Thanks for the download for the tags!

    http://mleballard.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-pinterest-friendship-bracelet.html

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  67. Aw that's so cute. I'd definitely be happy if someone gave one to me.

    www.braceletsbydesign.weebly.com

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  68. I love this. :)
    I linked to this post on a Pinterest Party I am doing.
    Thanks for the downloadable. :)

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  69. This is such a cute idea. I love making friendship bracelets so I will definitely do this for my friends.
    So cute. Thanks.
    TB
    www.braceletsbydesign.weebly.com

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  70. Hi Danyelle :) Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/friendship-bracelet-valentines/

    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.

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  71. I just LOVE these!! And the tags too! I'm sure they went over so well! I've included them in my Valentine's Day Round-up. :) XO
    http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2013/01/25-valentine-crafts-treats.html

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  72. My seven year old Katie is so excited to make these for her class! Thank you for always providing such inspiration.

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  73. Thank you for this wonderful idea. I am saving it for when my granddaughter starts school in three years.

    Sincerely,

    Marge Burke

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  74. Hi. I tried to download the Pdf and it won't open. Any suggestions? Thanks

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  75. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing the printale!!

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  76. Thanks so much for the idea and template! I am a teacher made these for my class. I loved that it wasn't more candy and the kids loved that only our class had them!

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  77. I saw this on Pinterest and loved it! My daughter has been making them for the past week or so. I just had to find the tags. Thank you for offering your hard work for us to use. Very kind!

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  78. 2 days before Valentines and I find this on Pinterest..what a life saver! Thanks so much for the idea and the printables!!

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  79. My 4th grade daughter loved making bracelets for all her classmates...thank you for the idea!

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  80. My 6 year old and I did these for her class last night...they turned out so cute!!! Thanks so much for the ideas!

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  81. Your Valentines have been featured on our store blog! Congratulations! We love your idea :)

    http://lizziedianas.blogspot.com/2013/02/lizzie-pins-february-13.html

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  82. Love to see this kind of useful blogs. Thanks for this informative share. Isthatnew

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  83. how many strands of each color of embro. floss did you use

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  84. These are too cute. Just popping by to let you know I included your project in my "10 cute printable valentines for kids" round up on Creative Green Living.

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  85. I was looking for a gift that both the girls and boys would like and I think this is going to be a hit. They all love bracelets in his kinder class. Thanks.

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  86. Thanks for this printable - it's so nice to have an idea that's perfect for girls and boys, Danyelle!

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  87. Hi Danyelle! Just stopped by to let you know we featured this on our recent blog post. Such a cute idea! http://bit.ly/KidsVDay

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  88. Awesome!!! My daughter's teacher's name is Mrs. Knott. Perfect!

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  89. How much string do you think each bracelet uses? I want to make sure I buy enough.

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  90. Hey we loved your idea so much we shared it on our blog! Thanks so much for sharing your clever DIY.

    http://www.brashearkids.com/2014/02/4-fun-and-fruity-last-minute-valentine.html

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  91. I'm unable to print the PDF correctly! It only prints the pink circles, not the words. :( I checked and I have the latest updates for Adobe Reader. I also tried restarting my computer *and* downloading the file again to see if that helped ... I've printed five cardstock pages of just pink circles now. :(

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  92. I like this I have a Girlscout Troop and I think I will have the girls see what they think

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  93. LOVE!! What a clever idea. This is great for so many applications - wonderful for on the road to Grandma's too!

    I will link this to my website www.theeducationaltourist.com where I write about traveling with the whole family!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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