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DIY Friendship Bracelets

These bracelets are colorful, fun, and easy enough to make today!

Now you can turn your child's love of Thomas into wearable art, thanks to these cute bent craft stick bracelets!

Blank Bracelet Materials:

• Cr​aft stick

• Saucepan of hot water

• Drinking glasses 


1. Boil the craft sticks for 30 minutes and then let soak in hot water for over an hour (add extra sticks because some will break). 

2. Gently bend the sticks into a circle and push into glasses. 

3. Allow to dry overnight—or place the glasses in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes until the sticks are completely dry. 

Decoupage Bracelet Materials:

• Blank bracelet

• Decoupage glue

• Scissors

• Clip art

• Pencil 

• Craft stick for tracing

• Colored pencils 


1. Have your child color a Thomas coloring page. Using a craft stick, trace an area that you’d like to have on the bracelet and cut out.

2. Brush decoupage glue onto the bracelet and press the drawing cutout on top. Smooth the drawing and coat drawing with more decoupage glue. 

Painted Bracelet Materials:

• Blank bracelet

• Tape

• Paint

• Paintbrush


1. Add thin strips of tape to create stripes (optional). 

2. Paint stripes or any design onto your bracelet. Peel off masking tape (if used) and let paint dry.

Wrapped Bracelet Materials:

• Blank bracelet

• String

• Scissors


1. Wrap string around the bracelet and knot. Wrap string around the bracelet repeatedly to create bands of color. 

2. Leave gaps, if desired, and repeat to add other colors.

3. When you reach the end of the bracelet, knot again and tuck extra string into the inside wrapping of the bracelet.

​Jodi Levine is a crafter and author. Levine's works, Candy Aisle Crafts, Paper Goods Projects, and, are all about crafts made from everyday supermarket materials. Jodi contributes to national magazines and television shows while also working with brands such as Fisher-Price and Mattel.

Crafts with small parts are not suitable for use by children under three.