May 14, 2013

When it comes to bracelets, friendship bracelets are probably my favourite. They are super fun to wear and the best thing is: you can make them yourself! It's not hard to make and doesn't take a lot of effort, perfect for a boring Sunday or a day at the beach! 

What you need: 5 different colours of embroidery thread// a sketch pad or just a hard surface// tape.

To start up the bracelet it's very simple. Just cut off your strings at about 1 1/2 - 2 meters long twice, so that your left with 2 strings of each colour (it's better to have more string than you need so you can cut any access off). Then tie a knot, leaving about 10 centimeters at the end of the knot and taping them to your sketch pad or hard surface.
Now you need to lay out the strings. So, using 5 strings it should be layed out like this: 54321 12345 so that the colours are mirrored (as you can see in the picture). 
 To start the actual knotting process, you are going to start by taking the outer string on the left side (red in the picture), putting it over the next string to the right (light blue in the picture), going under and looping it through twice to creat a knot (essentially: over, under, through twice). It is important to put it through the loop twice to create the arrow pattern. Also, make sure you pull the red string up, so that the colour is visible on the outside of the knot. 
Then, you just take your red string again and continue the same process onto the next string to the right (dark blue in the picture). Your going to keep repeating this, until you come down to the inner string (yellow in the picture). 
 At this stage, you are going to repeat the steps you just did on the right side, so basically mirroring the left side. Again: over to the left, under the blue string and through the loop twice. Continuing on until you reach the inside.
When you finished knotting the inner string from the right side (it should be the same colour as the left string, so yellow in the picture) you just knot the two red strings together twice to finish up the first arrow pattern. 
Now I know this might sound a bit confusing, but when your actually trying it out it will make more sense. If your doing it correctly, your bracelet should look like this after you've completed the process for every colour once. Then you just continue it all on until the bracelet is long enough for your wrist.
To create the little twist at the end, you just make a knot after you finished your arrow patterns and start twisting the ends on the other side of the bracelet (the side that was taped down to the sketch pad). When your finished twisting, open up the loop and put the remaining strings of the other side through it. 
Now all you need to do is to secure it with a few knots and cutting off the remaing string. That's it!

Note: Initially, I wasn't going to end the bracelet like this, but I made the mistake of cutting the strings of too short. If you want, you can end the bracelet with two little braids, so you can easily tie it onto your wrist. Just make sure you leave a little bit of room so you can take it off when you want to. 

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments!

What do you think of this DIY?


  1. mystylediary14.5.13

    That's so cool! I hope it will help you :)

  2. mystylediary14.5.13

    Thanks :)

  3. Alexa Nicole14.5.13

    Love this! I used to be obsessed with making these when I was younger.

  4. mystylediary14.5.13

    Thank you!

  5. mystylediary14.5.13

    Thanks! I love making them. :)

  6. cocochic15.5.13

    So cute! I love friendship bracelets - may have to try :)

    Please feel free to enter my Daniel Wellington giveaway (here) - you could win yourself a watch worth £200!x

    Blog | Cocochic
    Bloglovin |

  7. mystylediary15.5.13

    Thanks! It's really fun to make. :)