Aside from the food, souvenirs are one of the most anticipated items that children look forward to when attending kids birthday parties. If you are a parent who is thinking of what souvenir your child can give out to his or her friends during the birthday party, then consider home-made friendship bracelets.
If you don’t have much of an artistic knack, the most simple thing that you can come up with is an elastic friendship bracelet as a souvenir. These are bangles or “wristlets” that are used as a piece of fashion accessory but in this case, these can be worn by your child’s friends to symbolize their friendship.
The good thing about this is that it will not only help you save money by buying cheap materials for the bracelet but can also serve as a bonding activity for you and your child. Aside from that, the process of making the bracelet itself is fun and easy.
While doing the items, you can squeeze out the creative juice in your child and encourage him or her to explore different possibilities of the craft. This very activity can also help him or her to be thoughtful to people the he or she cares about.
What you need to do
Before doing this activity, the first thing that you need to do is to ask your child if he or she wants the home-made friendship bracelet as a souvenir to be given after her birthday party. If she or he agrees, then make sure that the child will be a part of the entire process such as choosing the materials, the designs, as well as the dominant colors to be used.
The first step in making the friendship bracelet is to buy the supplies needed which include sets of colorful beads of your or your child’s choice, elastic nylon string, a pair of scissors, glue gun, pieces of glue stick, tape measure or ruler, and a round nose pliers if you choose to add locks and other metal items in the bracelet. You can find old stuff in your house or buy these in the crafts store nearby.
Once you have all the materials that you need, ask your child to segregate pieces of beads according to his or her preference. Or to make the process faster, you can segregate bead pieces by yourself. Next is to come up with a bracelet design and draw in on a piece of paper. Here, you can ask your child to come up with his or her design and incorporate it with yours.
After which, get the elastic nylon. Using a tape measure or a ruler cut the string according to your desired length with a pair of scissor. Then, gather the beads that your have segregated and selected earlier and start stringing the beads into the elastic string. After that, knot the two ends of the string after you threaded the beads in it. Make sure to tie the final knot twice so it will not loosen up. Cut the excess nylon string using a scissor.
To make sure that the ends would not loosen up, you can put glue on the knots and flatten it with round nose pliers. You now have unique souvenirs that you can give out during kids birthday parties.