Intro: How to Make a Friendship Bracelet
This fun and easy project was one recently featured at an Etsy team meet-up. These are great fun to make on a Saturday night. You will need:
2. Embroidery Thread
5. Ruler (optional)
Perfect for you and a friend to do.
Step 1: Pick Your Colors
Pick any 6 colors that appeal to you. Generally people will mix and match warm and cool colors. Purple is both a warm and cool color. You can find embrodiery thread in any arts and craft store. I like to use DMC cotton thread as it holds up and is very durable. You can find it at Michaels (where we got ours). I like Michaels because they have such great coupons. In general, with 6 colors, you can make 10 bracelets. This is a great sleepover or BBFs project.
Warm Colors Are:
Cool Colors Are:
Step 2: Cut Off 3 Feet Long of Each of Your Threads
Cut your thread. You need sections 3 feet long in each color you selected.
A quick secret is to the distance between your fingertips and nose is roughly 3 ft. for everyone!
Step 3: Tie a Knot at the Top
Take all the threads at the top and tie them together into a knot. Normally people secure the knot under something to hold it steady while making the bracelet. Clipboard. Box. You name it. Simply something to hold it tight.
Step 4: Tie the First Knot and Row(Color)
Spread out the colors in the order that you want to tie them in. I tied them in the following order:
To tie your first knot. Take the strand you will have to tie the first color (purple) with the last color (yellow). Tie the purple in a knot over yellow thread. This is the first row and color. Repeat a second time.
Step 5: Tie the Next Two Knots and Row(Second Color)
Now, you are going to tie the second row. Take the orange thread. Tie a knot below the purple knot. Repeat a second time. Each time you make a knot on a friendship bracelet, you tie it twice. Next pick up the purple thread and tie a knot. Repeat a second time. You should notice a general downward angle to your knots.
Step 6: Tie the Next Three Knots and Third Row (Third Color)
Two colors down, you should be feeling pretty confident. Pick up the next thread in order, blue. Tie the blue thread twice to the yellow as you did for rows (one and two), then purple, then orange.
Starting to notice a pattern?
Step 7: Tie the Next Four Knots and Forth Row(Fourth Color)
By this time you should feel you are getting the hang of this. Pick up the red thread on your left. Start tying two knots in order from left to right: yellow, then purple, next orange, and lastly blue.
Step 8: Tie the Fifth Row of Knots (Fifth Color)
Ok, take the green thread on the far left and knot all the threads in order from left to right: yellow, purple, orange, blue, and red.
Step 9: Tie the Sixth Row of Knots (Sixth Color)
Your last color is yellow. It should be sitting on the far left. Tie two knots around each thread in order from left to right: purple, orange, blue, red, and green.
Step 10: Repeat Knots
Keep repeating rows tying the knots from left to right as if you were reading each time.
Step 11: Tie at End
When you are done, tie your thread at the end and cut off any excess. Voila, instant friendship bracelet.