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How To Make Friendship Bracelets – Crafts by Amanda


Kids can make these friendship bracelets in their favorite colors to share with friends! There is nothing sweeter than a token of friendship for years to come.

two girls holding friendship bracelets

Why do we love this project?

Traditional bracelets are tied while the giver wishes for his friend. Once the bracelet eventually falls off, it is said that the wish will come true. Even though our bracelet is made with a button closure, I will make a wish when giving the bracelet to a friend. That’s what friendship means!

little girl tying a friendship bracelet on another girl's wrist

Friendship bracelets are all about the pattern. This candy stripe diagonal pattern is great for beginners. You work the pattern making 2 knots per strand when making a diagonal knit pattern.

If you’re giving this bracelet as a gift, pair it with a beautiful personalized stencil frame featuring a photo of you and your best friend!

Many friendship bracelets are placed on a table

Craft materials you will need:

bracelet for friendship and a girl's hands are intertwined

Craft Information:

  • Age Level: 10 years old
  • Dirt Factor: at least
  • Completion Time: 1 Hour
  • Cost estimate: 50-99 cents per bracelet
little girl wearing a friendship bracelet and making a peace sign

Craft Tips:

  • Easy to work on the table. Tape the end of the loop to a table at arm’s length and let the floss dangle from the table right in front of you.
  • If you want to take a break from knotting, finish the row of knots, then tape the floss thread on the left side apart from the other threads. When you’re ready to begin, simply remove the tape and start a new row of knots.
  • If your bracelet starts to twist you can “block” it to keep it flat. When your finished bracelet is ready, tape it down to a flat surface. Make sure it is well drawn and taut. Sprinkle a good amount of water on it and let it dry like that. Then remove the tape.

How to Make Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelets:

Measure your wrist: Use the extra piece of floss to wrap once around your (or your friend’s) wrist. Remove the floss from your wrist, grab the spot where the floss is “attached” and snip it. This is the approximate length of your bracelet.

Measure floss: The general rule is to cut a piece of floss the length of between your fingers and your shoulder. Hold the end of the floss in your fingers and extend your arm, do this 2 times so that you have 1 long piece of floss, double the length of your fingers to shoulder. Do this for all three colors of floss.

a loop of embroidery floss
embroidery floss
thread knot

create loop to close button: Take three strands of floss together and fold them in half. Make an overhand knot at the twist, making a small loop at the end where you are tying the knot. This will loop over your button closures.

embroidery floss taped to table

Tape the end of the loop to the table.

Arrange your 6 threads in the order you want. The entire edge on the left is what will make up the first row. You’ll be tying it around all of the other threads of floss.

Note: If your bracelet has 2 of the same color side by side, your bracelet will have a wide band of that color.

Make knots: This bracelet uses “forward knots” that make knots from left to right, just like the ones we read.

embroidery thread
hand stirring embroidery floss

1. Take the first strand on the left, give it the shape of the number 4 and the second strand next to it make a straight line of “4”. Make sure the first strand goes over the second strand, and then back, as shown in the photo. It is important that the first strand always goes over the second strand, this will give it the right look.

floss up
pull the embroidery floss up to the top of the knot

2. Now hold the second strand taut, and pull the first strand up and into the loop. Pull until you encounter resistance, but not too hard! This will create a small knot on the other strand.
3. Make another knot by tying the first strand around the second strand again – simply repeating steps 1-2.
4. Continue to the right using the first strand to make two knots on each strand of floss/yarn in the bracelet.

floss up
not of floss
bracelet making

5. Once you have completely knotted the right side and reached the last thread of floss/yarn, resume using the first thread on the left. Make sure you are making two knots on each strand.

friendship bracelet knitting
slide the bracelet up
Demonstrating how to make friendship bracelets
Diagonal Friendship Bracelet Pattern
friendship bracelet

6. Keep tying knots until you get the correct wrist measurement. You can check by lining up a piece of floss used to measure your wrist.

embroidery floss
tying embroidery floss into a knot
snip ends of string with scissors
Looping Button Through Embroidery Floss Loop

Add Button: Once the knots are made, take the button and insert 3 strands of floss into one hole and 3 strands of floss into the other hole. Note: You may need to roll the ends of the three threads together in order to slide them through the buttonholes. Tie the two halves of the strand together in a tight overhand knot. Trim loose floss.

The bracelet is finished! Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and slide the button through the loop to secure it.

two girls wearing friendship bracelets holding hands

Friendship bracelets originated in Guatemala and arrived in the States in the 1970s. Friendship bracelets are a form of macrame because the woven patterns are created by knots. It is traditional to make and give a bracelet to a friend as a sign of long-lasting friendship.

More ideas for making bracelets

many friendship bracelets on a table

print project

friendship bracelets

See how to make your own friendship bracelets to share with friends! Make them together in the colors of your choice using our free instructional pattern.

crafting time1 Hour

total time1 Hour

age category: kids crafts

Project Type: craft

supply

craft materials you will need

  • embroidery floss in 3 assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • tape
  • button
  • extra piece of floss About. 12″

Instruction

How to Make Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet:

measure your wrist

  • Use the extra piece of floss to wrap once around your (or your friend’s) wrist. Remove the floss from your wrist, grab the spot where the floss is “attached” and snip it. This is the approximate length of your bracelet.

measure floss

  • The general rule is to cut a piece of floss the length of between your fingers and your shoulder. Hold the end of the floss in your fingers and extend your arm, do this 2 times so that you have 1 long piece of floss, double the length of your fingers to shoulder. Do this for all three colors of floss.

create loop to close button

make knots

  • This bracelet uses “forward knots” that make knots from left to right, just like the ones we read.Take the first strand on the left, shape it into the number 4, and have the second strand next to it in a straight line of “4”. Make sure the first strand goes over the second strand, and then back, as shown in the photo. It is important that the first strand always goes over the second strand, this will give it the right look.
  • Now hold the other strand taut, and pull the first strand up and into the loop. Pull until you encounter resistance, but not too hard! This will create a small knot on the other strand.

  • Make another knot by tying the first strand around the second strand again – simply repeating steps 1-2.

  • Continue to the right using the first strand to make two knots on each strand of floss in the bracelet.

  • Once you have knotted all the way to the right and reached the last strand of floss/yarn, resume using the first strand on the left. Make sure you are making two knots on each strand.

  • Keep tying knots until you get the correct wrist measurement. You can check by lining up a piece of floss used to measure your wrist.

add button

  • Once the knots are made, take the button and insert 3 strands of floss into one hole and 3 strands of floss into the other hole. Note: You may need to roll the ends of the three threads together in order to slide them through the button holes. Tie both strand sections together in a tight overhand knot. Trim loose floss.

  • The bracelet is finished! Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and slide the button through the loop to secure.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • Easy to work on the table. Tape the end of the loop to a table at arm’s length and let the floss dangle from the table right in front of you.
  • If you want to take a break from knotting, finish the row of knots, then tape the floss thread on the left side apart from the other threads. When you’re ready to begin, simply remove the tape and start a new row of knots.
  • If your bracelet starts to twist you can “block” it to keep it flat. When your finished bracelet is ready, tape it down to a flat surface. Make sure it is well drawn and taut. Sprinkle a good amount of water on it and let it dry like that. Then remove the tape.

This post originally appeared here on July 30, 2021.

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