DIY: Friendship Bracelets for Beginners

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Friendship bracelets are a great craft to make with a friend or for a friend. Growing up I made tons of these bracelets; I loved trading them with friends and I always had a few tied around my wrist. I call this method “Snake Around The Pole.” It’s the easiest friendship bracelet you can make so it’s great for beginners.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 3 different colors of embroidery floss
• Scissors
• Some tape or a safety pin

1. Cut Your Thread

First choose the colors of your bracelet. You can use anywhere from 2 to 10 different colors. If this is your first friendship bracelet, I suggest using 2 or 3 colors. I have chosen to use 3. Cut a strand of each color that’s about 32 inches long.

2. Securing Your String

Holding all the strings together, tie a knot, leaving about 3 inches above the knot. Then secure the strings so that you can begin your bracelet. You can either use a safety pin to pin it to your jeans or you can tape it to a table or book.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

3. Choose Your First Color

Separate your first color from the rest of the strands. With your starting string on your left side and the rest of the strings held together on your right, take your left string and cross it over the right strings, making the shape of a number 4.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial
DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

4. Tying The Knot

Then loop the left strand under the right strands and through the middle of your number 4 shape. Pull the end up firmly to complete the knot. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the same string for as long as you want that color to be.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

5. Changing Colors

When you’re ready to change colors, take the next color from your right hand and trade it with your left. With your new color in your left hand, repeat steps 3 and 4 until ready to change colors again. Continue to change colors until you reach the end of your bracelet, leaving about 3 inches at the end.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial
DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

6. Finishing

I like to finish the ends of my friendship bracelets by dividing the strings into 3 groups and braiding both ends.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

7. TA DA!

You have finished your friendship bracelet. If you make yours with a friend, you can both trade and wear each other’s. You can also make two matching bracelets for both you and your friend to wear. Once you get the hang of making these feel free to add more colors! My favorite number is 6 different colors, but you can have as many as you want.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial