How to Make a Friendship Bracelet with a Recycled Plastic Lid

I know Rainbow Loom bracelets are super hot right now. I know my tween is obsessed for sure!

Today’s post is all about some good old-fashion old school friendship bracelet fun!

easy homemade friendship bracelet wheel DIY

It’s super simple to make a pretty friendship with the use of a recycled plastic lid.

All you need to make your own friendship bracelet:

  • 7 strands of embroidery thread (colors of choice) – I cut mine to 18″ long each
  • Recycled plastic lid  – I used an oatmeal container lid
  • Scissors to turn your lid into a homemade weaving wheel

Rainbow friendship bracelet with homemade weaving wheel

Here is how to make the wheel:

First cut 8 notches around your plastic lid with a sharp scissors. I measured it like a clock face starting with 12 and 6, and then 3 and 9, finishing up with notches in-between those four.

Then I cut a small hole in the center of the lid. That’s it! Now your wheel is ready.

With your 7 strands of embroidery thread, tie them together on one end with a basic knot.

Holding the knot in the middle, string the 7 strings into 7 of the 8 slits you made on your wheel. Now you are ready to start weaving.

Homemade Friendship Bracelet Wheel with Plastic Lid

Here is how you weave your friendship bracelet

How to make a friendship bracelet with a plastic lid

When you have your bracelet at the desired length, simply remove from your wheel and tie another knot on the end.

Give to a friend, or enjoy on your own wrist!

Rainbow friendship bracelet craft idea

Enjoy some old-school friendship bracelet fun!

Happy Crafting!

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  3 comments for “How to Make a Friendship Bracelet with a Recycled Plastic Lid

  1. Stacie
    June 21, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Does it matter what size of lid you use? Would Pringle can lid work?
    Thanks:)

    • June 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Nope, it shouldn’t matter the size. It’s just about the proportion of the circle. A pringles lid should work perfectly. = )

  2. Marilyn
    August 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Just found your website on Pinterest. Love it!!! I didn’t have a plastic lid so I used a piece of cardboard. I just started my first bracelet. The cardboard seems to be working good. Thanks for the info on using recycled. I have a couple of loose strings but for my first doesn’t look too bad. Thanks again.

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