Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lots of Knots Friendship Bracelet (A Tutorial In 6 Easy Steps)

These classic friendship bracelets are simple enough for young children to create!

Friendship bracelets make great Valentine's and party favors.

Pair with these fun Valentine's printables and you'll be all set with a heartfelt, handmade project that's quick and easy enough to create for the entire class!

What will you do with yours?

Find the full tutorial after the jump!

Step 1: Cut string

Grab three or four (or more) colors of embroidery floss.
The more colors you choose, the thicker your bracelet will be.

For each color, cut a length of string about 2 to 3 arm lengths long.

Step 2: Tie loop

Gather all of your strings together.

Find the middle of the strings and fold in half.
Tie a knot to make a loop.

Make sure your loop is big enough for your strings to go back through later.
This is the loop you'll send your strings back through to tie it onto your wrist when you're finished.

Slip the loop onto a safety pin.
Fasten the safety pin to a stable surface.

Tip: To take your project outside or on the road, pin it to your pants!

Step 3: Tie lots of knots

Gather all but one of your strings together in one hand.
Keep one string off to the side.

A - Create a loop with your string off to the left side.
B - Pull your string end through the loop.
C - Pull your string tight.
D - Holding all of the other strings taught, pull the single string upward until your knot reaches the top.

Repeat steps A-D over and over again.

For this bracelet, I made 5 knots at a time in each color.

When you're ready to change colors, simply return your single string to the other strings.
Pull out a single string of the next color you'd like to use and continue tying knots (following steps A-D).

Check the length as you go to decide how long you want your bracelet to be.

Step 4: Tie end knot

When you're finished, tie a knot at the end (using all of the strings).
Leave a few inches of string at the end and cut off the excess.

Step 5: Remove from pin

Remove the bracelet from the safety pin.

Step 6: Tie it on

To tie, pull the excess string through the loop and tie a knot.

Enjoy your bracelet!


Kathy Haynie said...

Friendship bracelets seem so basic, but I had completely forgotten how to make them. Thanks for a great tutorial! The how-to-tie-the-knot photos are very clear.

Amanda said...

Cute!! I've made a lot of friendship bracelets, but never one like this before! I like it a lot. Friendship bracelets always remind me of summer and its suppose to be 70+ degrees here tomorrow so it will be the perfect day to try it out!

Holly Mayer said...

I used to make those all the time! Good refresher, simple imstructions

Becky Marie said...

So nostalgic!! Take me back to pre-teen days. Thanks for taking the time to post such a great tutorial!

Brittany said...

I used to make these at summer camp when I was in Jr. High! :) Great tutorial.

Jamie said...

Aw, do more of these tutorials! This was great.

Quiltomatic said...

I used to make these all the time as a child, we called the pattern "Mermaids' beads" !

I showed my step-daughter how to do them last year when she was desperate for hair braids in during term time (a no-no!) and we doubled up on strands to make them a bit thicker and clipped them into her hair as faux braids for weekends :)

Lovely tutorial!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have this loom and it comes with instructions of how to make friendship bracelets, but it makes it seem so complicated and hard to do. You make it seem easy!