My 9 year-old daughter helped me create this post because she loves making friendship bracelets. (She’s also the one who made the pointillism art video.) She took most of the photos and helped me write the directions.
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Start the Friendship Bracelet
Cut the three colors of embroidery floss the same length. We found that 24 inches is a good length for making a child’s bracelet, but cut longer than you think you’ll need. It’s easier to cut off extra length later than to add more if you’re short.
Put all three pieces of thread (embroidery floss) together, and tie a knot at one end. Tape the bracelet onto a sturdy surface, such as the floor or a heavy book, just above the knot.
Tie the Bracelet
Start by setting one thread to the side and holding one thread tightly with one hand. Take the remaining thread in the other hand and fold it over the thread you are holding tightly, so it looks like a number 4. (My daughter is holding the third thread with both hands in the picture, but you won’t need to. She just wanted to make sure you could see the number 4 shape.)
Now take the knot you just tied when you folded the thread over and carefully slide it up to the top of the thread you are holding tightly. This will form a small knot at near the original knot by the tape.
Just a note: if you tie the knots in the same direction, it will cause the bracelets to twist some. That’s not a problem, but if you want the bracelet to lie flat, tie the second knot the other way, so that the number 4 looks backwards.
Continue the same pattern changing the threads. For example, in the pictures above the blue thread is set aside, the white thread is held tightly, and the green thread is tied around the white thread. Then the green thread is tied around the blue thread while it is held tightly, and the white thread is held tightly. This made two green knots.
This way each of the colors shows up in the pattern of the bracelet.
Finish the Friendship Bracelet
Once you’ve tied enough knots that the bracelet seems long enough, test out the length on your wrist. If it isn’t long enough, keep tying more knots. If it is, cut the threads about 2 inches below where you last tied a knot. This will give you enough room to tie the bracelet around your wrist.
There are so many variations to this simple friendship bracelet. You can tie knots around the other two strings at the same time, like I did with Moana’s Necklace. You can add more strings, and tie the same color around each string you add, making the bracelet wider and more colorful. You can even add beads to the thread between a few knots. Experiment and see what you like. One skein of embroidery floss can make a lot of bracelet, so have fun.
But wait, there’s more.
Before you go check out all the other summer fun posts that are joining the series today. You can find lots of summer fun inspiration and ideas on Life Sew Savory.
365 Days of Crafts – Shared a cute Button Bracelet Project.
Cutesy Crafts – Shared fun DIY bookmark project for kids
Simple Practical Beautiful – Has a post about making friendship bracelets… FUN!
Niki’s Homemade Crafts – Fun tic tac toe game, even good for travel!
Jen Gallacher – Made gorgeous flowers. How fun to try this!