When I was in Junior High and High School I was just learning how much I loved crafts, sewing, and creating things with my hands. One thing that I LOVED to do was make friendship bracelets. I hope to pass this passion for creativity and sharing down to Danica. She is still a little young, but we decided to try the Choose Friendship Company’s My Friendship Bracelet Maker.
A handmade creation like a friendship bracelet is a wonderful visual reminder of a bond between two buddies or two siblings. When it’s handmade, it’s made with kindness, affection and thoughtfulness, traits every kid should envelop.
When I used to make these I had no kit, no instructions, no Internet, just me, trying to figure it out. This kit is wonderful and I wish I would have had one when I was younger and making bracelets. The My Friendship Bracelet Maker kit has a butterfly shaped clip used to secure the end of the strings in place while you create the bracelet (this is a much better option that the safety pin I used when I was a kid). The bottom of the box has rubber feet so when placed on a hard surface like a table it stays in place even if you are pulling on it as you have to do to get good knots.
The string holder has 10 slots so you can use up to 10 strings and keep them nicely sorted and in order as you are creating your bracelet. I love this and again wish I had it when I was younger. The only drawback I see is that once I got really good at making bracelets I think I may have been using more than 10 strings at a time, but that would make a really wide bracelet.
I love the storage compartment below the kit. It allows you to keep your strings organized and together and closes tightly to keep them secure. The kit comes with 60 pre-cut strings in 14 different colors. I also really appreciated the fact that the strings were pre-cut making them easy to use as they are ready to go.
The instructions that came with the kit were okay, but I think it helped that I had done it before. I did find that there are much better instructions and patterns available on the My Friendship Bracelet Maker’s site online.
Danica struggled with the kit a little, not that there was anything wrong with the kit, but because she is still a little young (almost 6) and was frustrated when she would tie the knots a little wrong. I think within the next year she will really be able to get the hang of this and really enjoy it. I probably need to give her more time with it to practice.
With help from me, Danica was able to create a small bracelet with 3 strings for herself. She has worn it every day since we made it and is already talking about make some as gifts for her friends.
Choose Friendship Company makes 5 craft kits perfect for giving this Christmas season: My Ribbon Barrette Maker, My Friendship Bracelet Maker, My Friendship Bracelet Maker Traveler, My Image Bracelet Maker and a QVC exclusive My Circle of Creativity.
My Friendship Bracelet Maker retails for $24.99 and is sold at specialty toy and craft stores including Michaels Stores. Be sure to look for Choose Friendship products at such retailers as mindware.com and on QVC. Follow My Friendship Bracelet Maker on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on new products and designs and see others fabulous bracelet creations.
Disclosure: I received a sample for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain 100% my own.