Friendship bracelets are a great summer craft.  Do you remember making them when you were younger? Bracelet making by far was one of my favorite crafts!  I love the colorful strings, different patterns, and beautiful braids and knots.

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I remember making them with my friends, trading them at school, and giving them as gifts. I have noticed they are making their way back on children’s wrists lately, and thanks to the Pura Vida Bracelets craze, even teenagers are getting back into the stranded bracelet fun!  If you need some cute nail designs to go with your colorful bracelets, check out these cute summer nail designs.

Easy and Fun Friendship bracelets

These are different than the macramé knot tying bracelets. These are all done by finger weaving loops.  Depending on which loops you use you get a different bracelet pattern.  The first bracelet it a flat 7 strand braid (which I will demonstrate).

Friendship Bracelet Supplies

  • Embroidery Floss in a variety of colors. Embroidery floss is a loosely-twisted 6-strand thread. Buy it in stores that sell sewing supplies or craft. Usually, it’s sold by the “skein”, which is a bundle of thread about 8 yards long.
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Nimble fingers

Friendship Bracelet Video

These friendship bracelets really aren’t tricky, use this video to get the hang of the technique.  It uses just a couple of easy steps.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets

Learn the basics with these step by step instructions.

1.  Start the bracelet by cutting 7 strands of embroidery floss about 24” long. You can adjust the length of thread once you get a hang of the pattern.  Take both ends and tie it in a knot.woven friendship bracelets (8)

2.  Pin the knot to a pant leg or pillow with a safety pin.  Separate the stranded loops and put them on your fingers (4 strands on one hand and 3 on the other).

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3. You will always be working with the hand that has only three strands on it. In the picture above it will be my right hand.  Your pinky does all the work.

Depending on how you want your bracelet to look you will loop your pinky under that strand and pull the end loop (#7 and #8) through them all.

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4.  For the flat braid you loop your pinky through the 2, 3, 6, and 7.

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5. Then grab that last loop with your pinky (letting go with the pointer finger) and pulling it through the rest of the strands and tighten.  Now you have 4 loops on your opposite hand.




6. Shift the loops on your hand with 3 loops on them towards your pointer so that pinky is free again.


7. Keep finger weaving back and forth with your pinky until you have reached the desired length.  Un-loop all of your fingers and tie an overhand knot in the end.




Your kids will be kept busy making string bracelets all summer.  They might even want to sell their finished bracelets.  I used to have a bracelet making stand and sold them on my street corner for $.25.  Since inflation, I am sure they could get $1.00 for them.  {giggle}


by Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Décor

Friendship Bracelet Patterns

  • Once you have this bracelet mastered, here are 15  styles to try.  Don’t worry if that first bracelet doesn’t turn out perfect–they definitely get better with trial and error, and lots of practice!
  • Try this chevron pattern. Such pretty color combinations.
  • How about a round one instead of flat? The round designs us a braiding disc or braiding loom.
  • Rope bracelets would be great to give to friends.
  • Fabric Scrap Friendship Bracelet What a great way to use those fabric scraps and this technique is super easy.

fabric scrap friendship bracelets

  • Easy Yarn Friendship Bracelet The yarn in this friendship bracelet makes it easier for younger kids to make. Simple and fun way to let them in on the fun.

yarn friendship bracelet

I hope you loved learning how to make bracelets. Now have fun with these crafty ideas.

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  1. Would it be too much trouble to ask for you just to make a video on how to make the 7 strand flat braid? Please???

  2. I am only 13 (cough cough) and a professional. I sell my bracelets online on my website on the end of my driveway every weekend this weekend (if i sell all my bracelets) i will make $150. I am not pricey though, the bracelets you demonstrated sell for $3. Some may thinks its a lot but you have to factor in time, price to get new supplies, etc.

  3. I have no idea how you get from step 4 to step 5. There needs to be some better direction here, or a video or something. I have to go find another tutorial similar to this because I don’t want to waste this string. I can’t do anything past step 3. Fix it please?

  4. Incredibly simple. I sure thought it would be a lot harder. I can’t wait to teach this to my daughter. Your directions were excellent. So – how do you do the square one?

  5. this is the most intense friendship bread I’ve ever seen–I love it! Oh to be a tween again and make dozens of these on long car trips…

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