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COMMENTARY: Choose Friendship Company Lets Girls Get Creative

Christine.June18

At myfbm.com, girls can choose from six different kits, from the Choose Friendship Company, to express their creativity. From friendship bracelets to magnets, these kits provide the supplies, instructions, and inspiration to create one-of-a-kind items to display, wear, or swap.

My Ribbon Barrette Maker lets girls design and make their own hair barrettes. What little girl doesn’t love colorful hair accessories? What makes this kit awesome is the layout of the top of the box. There is a centered slot to firmly anchor the barrette, and numbered slots in which to place the ribbons as kids weave them into the barrette. Inside the box, the kit includes several silver barrettes, a rainbow of brightly-colored ribbon, and an array of colorful beads for girls to incorporate into their designs as they see fit. The kit comes with an instruction sheet with several design suggestions and photos to make it easy to master.

My Image Bracelet Maker is a great way for kids to incorporate their own artwork, photos, or favorite images into a bracelet—or a keychain, necklace charm, or anything else they come up with. The kit also comes with several sheets of graphics that kids can cut out and apply to the square charms. The My Photo Sizer app, available for iOS, lets kids size images to the precise proportion, so they can print them out and use them in their jewelry.

Other products available on myfbm.com are My Friendship Bracelet Maker, My Image Button Maker, My Lanyard Maker, and My Circle of Creativity.

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