While it may have been relatively unknown in the last few decades, International Friendship Day might just be ready for a comeback thanks to social media.
Originally promoted in 1930 by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards, the day was intended to be celebrated by friends through the sending of cards. August 2nd was originally chosen for the day, considered to fall within a suitable gap between holiday celebrations. Friendship Day was, however, met with consumer resistance – considered too obviously a commercial gimmick to promote the greeting card industry. By the 1940s, Friendship Day in the US had largely died out.
Despite this less than positive past, Friendship Day has gained popularity in recent years thanks to the renewed interest in “friendship” created by social networking sites.
Friendship Day received some “official” recognition on 27 April, 2011, when the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official International Friendship Day. But this year it seems national friendship celebrators are preparing festivities for August 4th, following a different tradition that dictates the holiday be held on the first Sunday of August.
The recognition of friendship is certainly high in our books, regardless of which day you choose to celebrate it on. And at Jewlr we could think of nothing better to gift a friend this Friendship Day than a good old-fashioned DIY friendship bracelet! But unlike the childish bracelets of our youth, we’ve added a chic new detail to this friendly gesture instead.
Using some charms and a few supplies, the classic friendship bracelet is re-imagined into a trendy friendship charm rope bracelet.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A selection of charms
- Three skeins of embroidery thread or pieces of leather
- Jewelry clasp
Before starting, decide whether you want a single thin bracelet or a multi-strand wrap bracelet. Choosing the latter need not require additional charms. The charms will simply be spaced further apart when you’re creating the bracelet and reunited in a tighter formation when the bracelet is wrapped around the wrist.
Once you’ve made your choice, lay out the thread or leather you’ve chosen for the project. Three skeins are required if using embroidery thread in order to create a suitable thickness. After placing the material in three unravelled rows, place charms equal distances apart in a 4th row below.
Tie the three rows of material together at one end and complete with one side of the jewelry clasp. With the end secure, begin braiding. As the braided bracelet nears a potential point for a charm, stop and slip a single braided strand through the loop of the charm and continue braiding. This will secure the charm to the bracelet and keep it in place.
Continue braiding and adding charms until you’ve reached the ned of the thread or leather.
Tie the end with the remaining piece of the jewelry clasp and there you have it – your very own handmade friendship charm rope bracelet!
Don’t have charms to use for this project? Then be sure to check our Jewlr’s very own range of dazzling charms, including those that have been used above. You can shop the full collection at Jewlr.com/personalized-charms.
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