Friendship bracelets are a fun way to spend a rainy day. Here's an instructable on how to make a really cool reversible bracelet that is pretty easy and won't take weeks to complete! Let's get started!
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Step 1: Materials
You will need:
3 colors of embroidery floss
a thin shoelace or some string thicker than embroidery floss. If you don't have this then you can use 5 pieces of embroidery floss grouped together. The color of this doesn't matter.
Step 2: Setting Up
you will need to cut 5 pieces of string:
3 of one color
1 of the next color
1 of the last color
these strings will be folded in half, so make the string long. They also will be all the same length. I reccomend doing your wingspan (or height)
the thicker string does not have to be as long , just a little longer than your desired bracelet length after being folded in half
We'll call the strings "A" "B" and "C". Look at the picture for the key.
Step 3: Tying the Top Knot
Having the strings in order before you tie the knot helps with the order and makes it easier to start your bracelet. The order goes A, B, then C. Then you fold the strings in half. After that, fold the thick string in half and put the two together. Tie a loop at the top. See the pictures for more detail.
Step 4: Get Ready to Start
Order your strings: A B C C C C C C B A then the two thick strings. It should look like this:
Step 5: The Forward Knot!
Throughout the creation of this bracelet, you will only make knots on the thick strings. First, you're going to start with the thin string on the far right. this is not the thick string. You will take that string and make a four on the first thick string. Then, take the tail of that string and bring it behind the thick string and through the hole in the "4". Pull the knot you made to the top of the bracelet. (Pull it tight) You need to do this twice with each string to make the forward knot. then take the same string an make a forward knot on the other thick string. Keep doing this with all the thin strings untill they are all to the right of the thick strings. See the pictures for more details!
Step 6: The Backward Knot!
once all the strings are to the right of the thick strings, you need to bring them back over to the left. Start by taking the string next to the thick string. Then, you will make a backwards 4 with that string on top of the thick string. then, you will pull it through just like the forward knot. Remember, you have to make the knot twice to make a backward knot. Repeat this untill all the strings are on the left of the thick strings.
Step 7: Keep Going!
After the backward knots are done, you make forward knots again. when ever the strings are on the left of the thick strings, you make forward knots to bring the thin strings to the right. When they are on the right of the thick strings, make backward knots to bring them to the left side of the thick strings. Just keep going back and forth , and it will form a zig zag pattern on the back of the bracelet. Continue the pattern until your bracelet is at your desired length. Then tie a knot and you're done!
Step 8: Enjoy!
Don't forget, your bracelet is reversible! Choose your favorite side and show it off!
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