My daughter and I have been on a bracelet making kick lately. I've found this fabulous method of making bracelets based on a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo. My technique uses a homemade Kumihimo disk and embroidery floss. Part 1 of this tutorial focuses on making the disk.
1. Printout of Kumihimo Disk Template (save and print the jpg below as if it were a 5x7 print to achieve the correct size):
2. Glue Stick or other glue
3. Craft Knife or Utility Knife
4. Stiff but cut-able base. I recommend foam core board, corrugated cardboard, styrofoam, or plastic such as a large yogurt cover. These can easily be found in the recycling. I notice that many political signs are printed on foam core (but please don't steal). ;-) I used foam core from an ugly framed picture I picked up at the thrift store (now I can use the frame for something better!).
5. Straight Edge
Start by cutting out your printed template. No need to cut perfectly as you will be cutting around it again soon.
Use your knife to cut along the outside circle AND the inside circle.
Congratulations - you have completed your disk!
Now head to Part 2.