Did the title of this post bring you back to your elementary school days? The ones where you’d sneak your mom’s embroidery thread and spend hours crafting friendship bracelets for you and your BFF? It’s no secret that these are back in, but with stores selling them for higher prices than what it takes to make them, I figured it was time to make my own.
1. Supplies: Embroidery thread ($0.39 each color!), scissors, tape or something to hold the end down
2. Cut about 2 feet each of five different colors. Repeat so you have 10 strings total, 2 of each color. Use the first string as a guide to cut the rest. Tie a knot with all strands, leaving at least 3 inches at the end.
3. Tape the end down and arrange the strands in a mirror-pattern. (Here it’s purple, orange, green, pink, yellow, yellow, pink, green, orange, purple).
4. Starting with the outermost left strand (OLS), make a number four over the adjacent strand.
5. Loop the OLS through. Holding the second strand (orange) taut, slide the OSL (purple) up to tie a knot. Repeat for a total of two knots.
6. Then, using the same OLS, tie it to the next strand, weaving your way along each base strand towards the middle. At this point you will have made a total of eight knots.
7. Once you get to the middle, let the OLS rest. Go to the outermost right strand (ORS) and begin the same process, only backwards. This means you’ll make a backwards “4” and loop that way.
8. Once you get to the middle with the ORS, create a backwards knot with the OLS. They should be the same color.
9. Now, your OLS has become the orange strand (as the purple strands are now in the middle). Repeat this process, over and over and you’ll get this chevron pattern.
10. If you don’t hold the base strings taut enough, the OLS may fall under the base string, causing the colors to blend and lose the chevron pattern. Use a tweezers to correct any mistakes.
Once you’ve gotten the desired length knotted up, tie a knot in the end, then tie the two ends together. You can use a clasp here or a loop/knot combination, but I simply tied my two ends together.
Et voila, a friendship bracelet. (Make a couple so you’re not friends with just yourself?)