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How to make friendship bracelets

Posted by  ·  September 10, 2018  ·  Last Updated: September 10, 2018

Friendship bracelets are a great summer craft.  Do you remember making them when you were younger? Bracelet making by far was one of my favorite crafts!  I love the colorful strings, different patterns, and beautiful braids and knots.

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I remember making them with my friends, trading them at school, and giving them as gifts. I have noticed they are making their way back on children’s wrists lately, and thanks to the Pura Vida Bracelets craze, even teenagers are getting back into the stranded bracelet fun!  If you need some cute nail designs to go with your colorful bracelets, check out these cute summer nail designs.

Easy and Fun Friendship bracelets

These are different than the macramé knot tying bracelets. These are all done by finger weaving loops.  Depending on which loops you use you get a different bracelet pattern.  The first bracelet it a flat 7 strand braid (which I will demonstrate), the second bracelet is a 4 sided cubed braid.  Both are cute and your little girls will love to make these.

Friendship Bracelet Supplies

  • Embroidery Floss
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Nimble fingers

Friendship Bracelet Video

These friendship bracelets really aren’t tricky, use this video to get the hang of the technique.  It uses just a couple of easy steps.

How to make Friendship Bracelets

1.  Start by cutting 7 strands of embroidery floss about 24” long.  Take both ends and tie it in a knot.woven friendship bracelets (8)

2.  Pin the knot to a pant leg or pillow.  Separate the stranded loops and put them on your fingers (4 strands on one hand and 3 on the other).

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3. You will always be working with the hand that has only three strands on it. In the picture above it will be my right hand.  Your pinky does all the work.

Depending on how you want your bracelet to look you will loop your pinky under that strand and pull the end loop (#7 and #8) through them all.

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4.  For the flat braid you loop your pinky through the 2, 3, 6, and 7.

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5. Then grab that last loop with your pinky (letting go with the pointer finger) and pulling it through the rest of the strands and tighten.  Now you have 4 loops on your opposite hand.

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6. Shift the loops on your hand with 3 loops on them towards your pointer so that pinky is free again.

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7. Keep finger weaving back and forth with your pinky until it is complete.  Un-loop all of your fingers and tie an overhand knot in the end.

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Your kids will be kept busy making embroidery floss bracelets all summer.  I used to have a bracelet making stand and sold them on my street corner for $.25.  Since inflation, I am sure they could get $1.00 for them.  {giggle}

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by Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Décor

Friendship bracelets styles

  • Once you have this bracelet mastered, here are 15 friendship bracelet styles to try.  Don’t worry if that first bracelet doesn’t turn out perfect–they definitely get better with trial and error, and lots of practice!
  • Fabric Scrap Friendship Bracelet What a great way to use those fabric scraps and this technique couldn’t be any easier.
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  1. Polina
    Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
    ​There's an easy to use Android application, Friendship Bracelet generator

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drvij.normalpattern
  2. Lori
    Saturday, December 15th, 2012
    Would it be too much trouble to ask for you just to make a video on how to make the 7 strand flat braid? Please???
    • Cindy
      Thursday, July 6th, 2017
      Hi Lori, yes post is updated with a video.
    • Cindy
      Monday, September 10th, 2018
      Hi Lori, the post has been updated with a video.
  3. Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    I am only 13 (cough cough) and a professional. I sell my bracelets online on my website on the end of my driveway every weekend this weekend (if i sell all my bracelets) i will make $150. I am not pricey though, the bracelets you demonstrated sell for $3. Some may thinks its a lot but you have to factor in time, price to get new supplies, etc.
  4. ML
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    I have no idea how you get from step 4 to step 5. There needs to be some better direction here, or a video or something. I have to go find another tutorial similar to this because I don't want to waste this string. I can't do anything past step 3. Fix it please?
    • Cindy
      Thursday, July 6th, 2017
      ML, check out the video. Hope this helps!
  5. portern
    Monday, August 22nd, 2011
    Incredibly simple. I sure thought it would be a lot harder. I can't wait to teach this to my daughter. Your directions were excellent. So - how do you do the square one?
  6. Thursday, August 11th, 2011
    this is the most intense friendship bread I've ever seen--I love it! Oh to be a tween again and make dozens of these on long car trips...
  7. Monday, July 18th, 2011
    This is great idea :) Im trying this one fr sure
  8. tok-star
    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
    It's beautiful without all the complex process. Definitely something to try. Kudos for posting this guideˇ^^/ˇ
  9. Heather
    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
    These are so cute! OK, which fingers do you use to get the square braid? I kept looking at the directions, thinking I was missing it! : ) Am I just blind? In any case, these are adorable and I love the idea of weaving it, rather than doing all those knots--that's where I lose my daughter! : )
  10. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
    Thanks ~ so much fun and good pic on the creating process ~ ^_^
    Carol (artmusedog)
  11. Suzanne
    Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
    This brought back so many memories of embroidery floss safety pinned to my jeans. Thanks !
  12. Help!
    Sunday, June 19th, 2011
    Soooooooooooooooooooo confused!!!!!!
    • Cindy
      Thursday, July 6th, 2017
      Check out the video and see if that helps.
  13. Amy
    Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    Bless your heart! I used to make these when I was a kid and I'd totally forgotten how!! Now I have the instructions so I can teach my daughters. Thank you!!!!
  14. Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    Ha- I hadn't thought of that style of bracelet since camp in elementary school! I can even remember one of the girls who taught it to me. Her name was charity and I thought it was the prettiest name ever.
  15. Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    love this. Gonna try it with my kids! Thanks for the tutorial!
  16. annamgarza
    Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    Fantastic!! I am putting crafts together for all my grandaughters and this is one more to add to them. They really are going to love this one. Now I need to pick up floss in their favorite colors. I need to hurry because some of them are getting mailed out.
  17. Martha
    Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    Tell me you're going to show this on youtube so I can actually see how it's done. I'd love to try.
  18. Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    So cool. I may have to try it
  19. Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    wow, I've made alot of bracelets but never one like that. I may have to try it and see if my GS girls can do it.
  20. Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    I adore friendship bracelets, when I was little we used to make them at school for each other. I love how there can be different patters, widths and colors. Now, it is even fashionable, so one cannot go wrong by wearing these bracelets. Love the explanations on how to do it.
  21. Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    I loved making these as a child. I was just thinking that I needed to reteach myself so that I could teach my son :) Thanks for sharing!