Introduction: How to Make Friendship Bracelets (Using a Braiding Disc)

Here's how to make braided cord for friendship bracelets and other uses - making use of a cardbaord braiding disc.


margaretbc (author)2015-08-30

I really enjoyed the kumihimo bracelet making clips. It looks so easy but looks very difficult - thank you.

angelalorainne (author)2009-05-04

Does anyone know where to get a braiding disc just like this?

tech dawg (author)angelalorainne2012-05-05

just make one man!

Hankretta (author)angelalorainne2012-03-10

You can buy them at magic cabin in kits for $10 to $15 but can be made there are patterns at

suayres (author)angelalorainne2011-06-10

You can buy very nice ones made of foam-core at --look under the heading "kumihimo". In fact, for around $13.00, you can buy a clever little kit which includes the aforementioned disk, some small cord bobbins, and instructions. For a wee bit more, you can get a larger kit with the same, plus various colors of braiding cord. And for a LOT more, you can buy a full-sized wooden maru-dai (the grand mother of the foam disks), but the foam ones are a great way to find out whether kumihimo is your cup of tea, without going broke.

paulana (author)angelalorainne2009-06-10

Did it pass your mind to do one at home????????

you can make one easily enough using a paper plate (I suggest a strong one not flimsy but either will do) take anything round and trace a circle on it. Cut 4 slits (just a little way in) ie: North, South, East, West, then cut another one in between those. That's it. If you want a sturdier one they do sell them online. Google Kumihimo Braiding Disc and I'm sure you will find them.

bobfrom86 (author)2008-09-06

I would assume you could do the same thing with 5 strings, just make a card with 6 slots? Also, would the counting change?

suayres (author)bobfrom862011-06-10

No, it needs to be a multiple of eight for this type of braiding.

LordGormyr (author)2010-11-19

yay for the hand... obtw great ible

Bogdann69 (author)2010-10-24

Thank you...Hand!

aknagyerla (author)2010-08-30

yay :) thank you so much that was very easy to do and looked good

applemom (author)2010-06-20

i really enjoyed the instructions for this project. it was simple but straight forward. I look forward to trying this project myself.

Zorasta (author)2010-01-12

very nicely done video
and I love the ending... 'may I have a hand please' *hand appears*
... *skitters off to go make bracelets*

startfresh (author)2009-09-25

That was Great!! Very easy to understand too! Thank-you!!!

parda (author)2009-09-04

Done! That was really well explained, i just did my first bracelet using the braiding disc this afternoon. Thanks a lot!

luggybuggy (author)2009-08-20

Wow. thats cool :) good Idea, im going to do it right now. I think thats how they make rope. haha XP Good Idea :)

VampireFrancesca (author)2009-08-06

Thanks so much! This was sooo easy to follow! Had fun making them! I might use this with my 4-H group. Easy project for everyone.

how do i see the video? everytime i pull this page up its just a blank screen!! please help!!

Miss Twist (author)2009-07-26

Wonderful instructable...thanks

monkeymandi23 (author)2009-07-18

i was just wondering how long the strings need to be.

The length of the strings would depend on the finished length you want it to be, I suppose. If you want a bracelet, make the strings shorter, make them longer for a necklace, etc. I think if you took the desired finished length and added a few inches for "safety, loss and tying off" you'd be on the right track.

shadon (author)2009-06-23

this one is awesome I tried it in different strings i found it really easy i didn't finde the braiding disc so i made one by my self =]

paulana (author)2009-06-10

Spectacular, thanks, my son will love this

Tailslvr7_7 (author)2008-04-08

I made one using "plastic bag yarn": You can find it on another instaructable. It turned out good, and now I can giver my friend something!

dobbylvr (author)Tailslvr7_72009-05-12

I make that yarn too, and have just finished a bracelet using it when I read your comment.....creepy

Oh, wow! I'd never heard of plastic bag yarn before, but what a great idea. - thanks for introducing me to this - Now I have a million ideas hatching in my head...

subajawa (author)2009-04-04

I will be teaching this technique to a bunch of kids at our summer camp this year. It is a really neat instructable and has motivated me to start learning this kumihimo art. Thanks a lot !!

bigfangirl (author)2009-03-16

Awesome job man! I totally understood everything you were saying and i made one myself
thanks so much for teaching us :D

Shambhala (author)2009-01-19

What a great job of explaining how to make a simple friendship bracelet! I viewed some pretty confusing demonstrations that made my head spin. This one was clear, quick, and has you up and running before you know it. I hope to see some more elaborate braiding in the future. Fantastic! Thanks!!

Kiteman (author)2008-09-28

Sorry, Mangetout, I missed your video before I posted my braiding ible - I've added a link back here from there.

ricardovw (author)2008-09-21

Very cool, I'm working on it right now :)

funkmachine316 (author)2008-06-16

Can you do this with more than 8 strings?

Yes. I'm working on another design that uses lots more threads and can make a range of different styles of braids...

I tried with 15 strings and 16 slits on the disc... utter failure.

You may have to jump more threads that just 2 to make it work. PS: excellent craft! thanks for sharing it!

Nope, I tried that. Nothing worked.

Sorry to hear that - with more strings, I've only ever used different techniques and patterns (I will try to document them soon, I promise).

acoupoly (author)2008-08-27

I made one for my boyfriend following your tutorial. I just changed the end parts and used a barrel clasp to join the ends. This is the one I made. :) Thank you very much for the instructions! :)

hammer9876 (author)2008-08-26

I made this tonight from variegated yarn while listening to the political convention of my choice. (I won't say which because it says just below that there is a "be nice" comment policy and I don't want to start a firestorm.) Thanks again.

hammer9876 (author)2008-08-26

Very clear. Incredibly easy. I am surprised I hadn't even heard of it before. Five stars for a project any little kid can do. I have some plastic I was going to recycle. I am going to fish it out and cut out a disk. Friendship bracelets to match every outfit! (Where is my yarn?!)

CaseyCase (author)2008-07-14

This is a great craft idea for the classroom! Thanks!

w00ty32 (author)2008-03-20

i made one! easy.

Atomic Shrimp (author)w00ty322008-03-21

Yay! Cool. Well done. I'll be making another instructable soon on a more versatile (although a bit more complex) method of braiding - watch this space!

bdl (author)2008-03-16

That was very cool and a nice, clear instructable. Good Job.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-15

Oooooh. Cool Video, looks kind of hard.

Thanks - It's actually surprisingly easy - far easier just to do than it is to watch, or describe.

keng (author)2008-03-15

that is one of the best/clearest examples/instructions of how to braid with a disc. Man the Japanese Kumihimo just seemed too complicated. this has me real excited to try it with my belfast cord.

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