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Step 1 – Gather your Supplies

For this project the only supplies that you will need are:

– any type of plastic bags (colorful bags are better)
– paper from your recycling bin
– a clipboard
– scissors

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Step 2 – Get Cutting

After you give the empty bags of your choice a quick rinse, you’ll need to cut each bag into strips 1-inch wide by 12-inches long. You may want to measure your child’s wrist to make sure that they will be long enough.

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Step 3 – Braid Away

Tie three of your strips together at one end. Next, clip that end underneath a clipboard clip to hold it in place while your child braids. Start braiding the bracelet until you reach the end, and then secure the bottom of the braid with another knot.

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Step 4 – Add a Card

We found bright colored paper from our recycling bin. Our favorites were some leftover paint swatches from a remodeling project. They added the perfect punch of color! Cut them into small squares or rectangles to include with each bracelet.

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Step 5 – Add a Message

We added fun messages to the recycled paper such as; “Please, don’t “recycle” our friendship!” or “Please, don’t “re-fuse” my friendship!” Then we punched two small holes in the paper and inserted the each end of the bracelets.

Now, my son has a set of recycled friendship bracelets to give to his friends and classmates this Valentine’s Day, and it only took us an afternoon to make them!