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How to Make a Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet Tutorial: Craft Your Own Tokens of Connection

Introduction to Friendship Bracelet Making

Friendship bracelets hold a special place in many hearts—not just as accessories, but as tangible symbols of shared memories and bonds. Whether you’re reliving childhood memories or creating new ones, making friendship bracelets is a delightful craft that brings joy and creativity to both young and old alike.

My kiddos love friendship bracelets. They love to wear them, make them and share them. Here is an easy tutorial on how you can get into the Friendship Bracelet Fun by making your own friendship bracelets

Materials Needed

To embark on your friendship bracelet journey, gather these simple supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Embroidery Floss (2 Colors)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make a Friendship Bracelet

Prepare Your Materials Begin by cutting 18″ to 24″ lengths of two different colored embroidery floss. This variety allows for personalizing each bracelet uniquely.

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Secure Your Starting Point Tie a tight knot at one end of the floss bundle, leaving about a 1-inch tail. For stability, tape this knot to a table or secure it with a clipboard.

how to make a friendship bracelet

  • Begin Braiding Take the outermost left-hand strand and create a ‘4’ shape over the adjacent strand.


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  • Weaving the Bracelet Pass the end of the left-hand strand through the center of its ‘4’ shape, tightening it snugly just below the initial knot. This ensures smooth sliding as you continue.
  • Repeat and Lengthen Repeat the weaving process, alternating strands until your bracelet reaches the desired length.
  • Finishing Touches Secure the bracelet with a sturdy square knot at the end. Create a second knot an inch below to reinforce. Trim any excess floss to match the opposite end.

Video Tutorial: Learn by Watching

For a visual guide, watch my son demonstrate the process in this instructional video. His left-handed perspective adds a unique twist to crafting these bracelets.

Why Make Friendship Bracelets?

Friendship bracelets aren’t just crafts; they’re tokens of connection and creativity. According to a recent survey by Crafty Insights, 78% of people find handmade gifts more meaningful than store-bought ones. This sentiment underscores the value of personal effort and thoughtfulness in gift-giving, making friendship bracelets a perfect choice for expressing affection and appreciation.

Tips for Making Memorable Friendship Bracelets

  • Personalize with Meaningful Colors: Choose colors that resonate with the recipient’s personality or shared memories.
  • Experiment with Patterns: Explore different braiding techniques like chevrons or diamonds to add variety to your designs.
  • Include Charms or Beads: Enhance bracelets with small charms or beads for added flair and personalization.

Once you master the “4” method, you can move on to 12 Strings. 

Join the Friendship Bracelet Fun!

Now that you’ve learned the basics, grab your materials and start crafting! Whether you’re making them for friends, family, or yourself, each bracelet becomes a unique expression of creativity and connection.  Let’s spread the joy of friendship bracelets together!

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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