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How to Make an Easy Friendship Bracelet

With some string and a few simple knots, you can make a pal for life -- or at least as long as it takes for a bracelet to wear through.


  • Step 1: Tie your thread Line up your thread so that the ends are even. Tie a knot about two inches from the top of the bundle.
  • TIP: To make a thicker bracelet, use more than four strands of thread.
  • Step 2: Secure your thread Secure the knot to a flat surface with masking tape, or pin the knot to your clothing, like on the knee of your pants.
  • Step 3: Knot your thread Spread your threads out, and starting on the left, count them one through four. Hold strand two tight as you take thread one and loop it around. Pull the end of thread one up and through to make a small, tight knot. Then make a second knot directly under the first.
  • Step 4: Finish strand one Go down the line, and double-knot strand one around strands three and four.
  • Step 5: Repeat with strand two Use strand two to make double knots around the other threads.
  • Step 6: Continue knotting Continue double-knotting with strands three and four, and repeat the entire process until the bracelet is long enough to fit around a wrist or an ankle.
  • TIP: Experiment making stripes of different widths by knotting one strand more times and another strand fewer times.
  • Step 7: Finish Using all your thread, make a knot at the end of your bracelet, trim the ends, and present your homemade gift to a friend.
  • FACT: Tradition states that friendship bracelets shouldn't be removed; instead, they should be worn until they fall off.

You Will Need

  • Four or more pieces of embroidery thread
  • each about two ft. long
  • Masking tape or a safety pin

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