How to Make a Friendship Bracelet
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Two Methods:Making a Traditional Friendship BraceletMaking Other Types of Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets are typically made of thread and are given to a friend as a token of friendship. However, you can easily make friendship bracelets to add to your own collection of accessories, or sell them to make a profit. If you want to know how to make a friendship bracelet, just follow these steps.
Method 1 of 2: Making a Traditional Friendship Bracelet
Choose several strands of embroidery thread in a variety of colors. Choose as many strands of thread as you like, as long as you’re using three or more, and pick any number of colors that would look good together in a pattern. If you only use one color of thread, you won’t be able to create a pattern. 4-6 strands will make a narrow bracelet, and 8-10 strands will make a thicker one. The more strands you chose, the wider the bracelet will be.
Measure and cut your first strand. Measure a length of thread slightly longer than the distance from your fingertip to your shoulder and then cut it. This will be long enough for the bracelet to stretch around your wrist to create a pattern. It’s better to cut the string a bit too long than too short.
Use the cut strand to measure and cut the remaining strands. Hold the cut strand up to the remaining strands and cut them to be the same length as this strand.
Tie the strands in a knot and pin them to a stable surface. You can pin the bracelet to your pants, to a pillow, or to another stable cloth surface that you won’t damage. You can also get creative and tie it around your toe instead, but pinning the knot to a surface is your best bet. Pinning is better than taping because the pin ensures that the bracelet will stay in its position.
Spread the threads out. Before you start the system of knotting that will create a pattern in the bracelet, spread out the threads so that the colors are in the order you’d like the striped patterns on the bracelet to be. To make the knotted end of your bracelet less bulky, try not to cross the threads over one another too much.
Make a few short braids in the bracelet before you begin making the pattern (optional). You can start the bracelet by creating three separate threads from the the threads (you can group them in groups of two or three) and then braiding them just as you would braid a three-strand bracelet or braid of hair.
Knot the thread on the far left around the thread immediately to its right. You need to make the “half-hitch” knot to do this correctly. First, move the first thread (the green) over the front of the second (the pink), leaving a loop on the left, to create a figure “4” look. Then, pull the first thread around the second, and thread it through the loop you created and pull it up, until a knot moves up to the top of the second thread.
Hold the thread that you’re making the knot around tightly to make sure that the knot is tight and positioned correctly.
Knot the thread that was on the far left around the remaining threads from left to right. Now, repeat making the “half hitch” knot with the green thread you started with around each of the remaining threads from left to right. Make two of the same knot on every thread before you move on. When you’re done, the green thread you started with on the far left will move all the way to the far right.
Continue knotting the thread on the far left around the remaining threads from left to right. Every thread will end up on the right when you’re done, and you’ll start with a new color of thread every time, unless you’ve placed two threads of the same color together.
Continue knotting the thread until the bracelet is long enough for your wrist. To make sure it fits well, try it on your wrist. There should be enough extra room that you, or the person you want to give the bracelet to, can fit about 2 fingers in next to your wrist.
Braid the ends of the bracelet (optional). If you braided the first few strands of the bracelet, you can do the same before you finish the bracelet. Braid as many strands at the end as you braided at the beginning.
Add charms or beads to the end of the bracelet (optional). To give your friendship bracelet some more flair, thread some small beads or charms onto the strands and then tie them in a knot to secure them.
Tie the second end of the bracelet in a knot. Make sure that the knot doesn’t take up any of the length you need to wear the bracelet.
Trim away the additional string. If you still have a lot of string left over, you can cut it short with a pair of scissors.
Tie the bracelet together. Now that you’ve knotted both ends of the bracelet, just tie the strands of the bracelet together. If you have a friend putting on the bracelet for you, then you can also have the friend knot the bracelet after you put it on if you want it to be really tight.
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Put the bracelet on. Rock your new friendship bracelet, or give it to a friend.
Method 2 of 2: Making Other Types of Friendship Bracelets
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Make a twister friendship bracelet. To make this kind of friendship bracelet, you need to knot one thread around all of the others at once, and then switch to a different color thread after wrapping it around the others several times to create a pattern.
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Make a square knotted friendship bracelet. You can make this simple knotted friendship bracelet using embroidery thread or twine.
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Make a Chevron friendship bracelet. This pretty bracelet is made by knotting the same-colored thread from the outside to the middle of the bracelet, creating a “V” shape with every thread instead of the traditional diagonal line.