DIY: Friendship Bracelet

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by Rita H. Azar on September 23, 2013

This is an old post I’m republishing today because I found out last week while I was doing maintenance on the blog that it had not survived the switch to the new platform.

Bonjour!

It’s school holiday here in Melbourne and making friendship bracelets is an interesting activity to do with the kids.

When I did them with my hubby’s nieces and nephew, they absolutely loved it and they were excited to take the bracelets with them back home.  They planned to make some more for their friends too.

There are many designs of friendship bracelets but this one is quite easy to make.

You will need:

– At least three colours of embroidery threads (I used four for this bracelet but you can use as many as you like.  More embroidery threads you will use, thicker will be the bracelet.)

– A safety-pin.

Friendship bracelet 1

How to make the friendship bracelet: 

Cut the threads at approximately 90 cm (you will need less for the wrist of a child).

Tie a knot in all the threads, leaving 5 cm loose and slip the knot into a safety-pin.

Friendship bracelet 2

Pin it into a tablecloth or your pants and put the colours in the order you want them.

(for this bracelet, it’s lilac, black, purple and pink).

Friendship bracelet 3

Start with the first colour far left (lilac) and tie a double knot on the following colour (black).  Here, I am working with the lilac thread so this is the colour that has to be on the top, the colour I see when I tie the knot.  This is the first knot.

Friendship bracelet 4

Second knot, lilac is the colour on the top.

Friendship bracelet 5

Now, double knot on the second colour: purple.

Friendship bracelet 6

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And, double knot on the top of the third colour: pink.  This is the first line of knots: lilac.  The colour lilac is now far right.

Friendship bracelet 8

The first colour far left is now black.  Tie a double knot with the colour black on the top of the other colours always respecting the same order.

Friendship bracelet 10

The second line: black (this colour is now far right).

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Now, double knot with the colour purple on the top of the three other colours.

Friendship bracelet 12

The third line: purple.

Friendship bracelet 13

Repeat until you finish the bracelet.

Friendship bracelet 14

When you finish, tie a last knot with all the threads.  Leave another 5 cm loose and cut the threads.

Friendship bracelet 15

Don’t forget:

1- Always do two knots on each colour.

2- The colour you are working with has to be the one you see when you tie the knot.

Friendship bracelet 16

Have you ever done a friendship bracelet?

What activities have you planned with your kids for the school holiday? 

Au revoir! 

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Becc September 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I don’t have a daughter, so this may not be on my school holiday list, but I have to say how good it looks with your bracelets in the last photo.
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Rita Azar September 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Becc!
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Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma February 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

This is so pretty, Rita. I made one like this a long time ago, but had forgotten how to do it! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’m keen to make another one now. I really like the colours you used here too. Do you know of a special knot you can use at the end so the bracelet can be taken on and off easily? Please let me know if you do! xx
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Rita Azar February 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

Hi Lizzy, this tutorial will take you through the step on how to do an adjustable knot.
http://www.fusionbeads.com/Adjustable-Knot
I have never tried it myself but it’s on the to do list!
Other way, you can put a clasp:
http://thecraftyexpat.com/2013/09/25/diy-fashionable-friendship-bracelets/#sthash.CKpDtrmU.dpbs
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