Friendship Bracelet

I started making friendship bracelets at the start of this school year and to say they were a hit would be an understatement. I started just making them for close friends but then word spread and soon everyone wanted one! They are so cute and can be personalised to the person with their favourite colours! These are super easy to wear and go with pretty much everything! Perfect for the boho summer trends!

For this tutorial you will need:
A ruler
Scissors
Tape
Embroidery Floss/Thread in whatever colours you choose (4 minimum)
Clear nail polish
Superglue or heavy-duty art glue
A surface to work on.

To start with, cut about 75cm of each embroidery thread, one for each colour.

Then, rearrange them into order, line them up and secure with tape. Once secured, tie a regular knot about 7cm from the top.

Move the knot up and secure with tape just above the knot, this will give you more working space. Then spread the threads out in the order you want. These strands being numbered will help in the next step.

To create the knots that eventually form the bracelet firstly you need to take strand 1 and make a ‘4’-shape over strand 2. Then loop strand 1 under strand 2. Hold strand 2 firmly in your left hand and pull strand 1, to the right with your right hand. The knot should slide up strand 2 up to the top. Repeat this step again. Taking strand 1 making a ‘4’-shape and looping it under.  After this, strand 1 should take the place of strand 2. Do the same process only taking strand 1 and make a ‘4’ over strand 3. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DOUBLE KNOT. Repeat this over strand 4 until strand 1 takes the place of strand 4.

Now that one row has been completed, replicate this with the next strand. Originally strand 2 is now strand 1. Always remember to do it twice! Do this the whole way across to create another row.

Continue doing this with every strand to get this candy stripe effect.

When you are done, tie another knot to secure and trim off the excess thread to make the 2 sides equal.

Next, turn the bracelet inside out and put the ends beside each other in opposite directions. Then with another length of embroidery thread, place it under the two ends and out either side.

Taking the string on the left, bring it over to the right, then taking the right hand string bring it over the left hand string. Then loop the right hand string under the ends up through the loop and pull both strings. Then taking the string on the right, bring it over to the left and repeat, only backwards. Do this 4 times. Left to right, right to left, left to right, right to left, left to right, right to left, left to right, right to left.

Once this is done, you should have something like this. Tie the two ends with a normal knot and superglue the knot to stop it unravelling.

(If you don’t understand, I used this website http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/sliding-knot.html)

An optional step is to add a tiny amount of clear nail polish at the end of each strand to prevent them from fraying over time.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try! The first time I tried it, it wasn’t great but practice makes perfect! They are the perfect gift to make someone and perfect for the summer as they won’t weigh your wrist down!

Dazed&Beautiful x

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