How to Make Fun Friendship Bracelets Using Different Methods
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Friendship Bracelet Basics
Friendship bracelets are made by everyone, from girl scouts to camp-goers, from best friends as a gift to others to family members as gifts. Friendship bracelets are created from a series of knots in a pattern that is meant to be worn until it falls off. The bracelets can be made by various methods:
- Knotting - creating the bracelet from a series of knots in a pattern
- Braiding - creating the bracelet from braids instead of knots
- Weaving - creating the bracelet from a weaving card
The basic craft tool needed to create a friendship bracelet is the thread itself. Use embroidery floss, thin cotton thread, yarn, thin ropes in different materials and weaves, and more. The threads should be thin enough to handle multiple knotting without it being overly bulky.
Friendship bracelets can be weaved with beads or jewels inside the pattern, or can have letters or numbers weaved into the bracelet. Words, or even the gift recipient's name, can be woven into the design making it truly a custom piece of wearable art.
Basic Instructions for Knotting Friendship Bracelets
- LA Times: DIY Friendship Bracelets
How to make friendship bracelets step by step, with pictures of the knotting.
- How to Make a Friendship Bracelet - For Dummies
How to make basic friendship bracelets (For Dummies version).
- Herringbone Weave Handy Tip
How to do a basic herringbone weave for a bracelet.
- Tutorials - friendship-bracelets.net
Tutorials and videos, with instructions, for friendship bracelets.
- Spiral Friendship Bracelet
How to make a spiral design friendship bracelet.
- Easy Braided Friendship Bracelet
How to make a basic friendship bracelet through knotting and easy braiding.
- Basic Friendship Bracelets
Basic instructions for simple friendship bracelets.
Instructions for Creating Letters in Friendship Bracelets
- Tutorial for Creating Letters in Friendship Bracelets
Tutorial for creating different letters, and the basics on their backgrounds and how to start knots.
- Friendship Bracelet - Letters
How to make the letters A to Z in friendship bracelets.
Instructions for Weaving a Friendship Bracelet With No Knotting (Kumihimo Discs)
- Japanese Kumihimo Braiding Instructions
Kumihimo, also known as Japanese Braiding, makes easy work out of friendship bracelets.
- How to Make Friendship Bracelets - in 7 Easy Steps
Learn how to make friendship bracelets with beautiful patterns the easy way - using a simple trick from the days of the Samurai!
- How to weave medieval cords for bracelets
Using a round disk, here are instructions on how to weave a 7-strand cord that can be used for a friendship bracelet.
- Class handout: Beginning Kumihimo
Instructions and resource list for kumihimo weaving.
- Twisted Braid Using a Kumihimo Disk
Instructions for weaving a twisted braid friendship bracelet using a kumihimo disk.