Monday, June 25, 2012

the DIY: THE ULTIMATE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

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Let's just say... I've made a few friendship bracelets this summer. I'd say I'm an expert. When I get tired of making a certain one, I try to tweak it a little just to change it up! On this bracelet I doubled the string to make the bracelet way bigger. Needless to say, this is one that I did a few weeks ago and I love it! All you need is a pretty good amount of embroidery thread (or friendship thread/string), some tape and scissors.
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To make this bracelet you will need choose six different colors and cut four strings of each. I cut mine about 3 feet long but that was almost too short. Better to have too much than too little.

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Tie all of the strings into one knot about 3 inches from the end of the string. Separate the string. There should be one of each color on both sides and on each side there should be 2 strings of each color. Tape down the end of the string or use a clipboard.

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Take the outside color group on the left side- in this case it's 2 strings of red- and make the shape of a "4" over the string right next to it (turquoise).

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Take the end of the red string and put it under the turquoise string and through the space/hole that has been created.

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Pull the end of the string all the way up the turquoise string and then tighten the knot. Create the same knot one more time on the same string. Then you move onto the green string and do the same thing.

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Repeat on every string until you reach the middle.

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You will do this whole thing again with the red string on the right side. The left side will be a little tricky because you do everything backwards which is explained in the next picture. When you reach the middle with the red string from the right side you will tie the same 2 knots onto the left red string. This is the last step for the red and then you move onto the next color- turquoise.

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The knots you tie on the right side will look like this... a backwards "4".

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Then pull the end through the hole and tighten at the top.

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It should look something like this but in the beginning it's may look a little crazy.

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This is what it looks like after I've done one of every color.

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When the bracelet is as long as you want it to be, separate the left over string into three groups.

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Braid the three groups and secure with a couple knots.

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I went back and braided the top of the bracelet as well and this is the finished bracelet!

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Love it! This bracelet would be cool with even just two colors. It would also be very confusing.

22 comments:

  1. Wow!! It looks amazing!
    I loved it!

    Brenda Marie
    www.bmbrenda.blogspot.com

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  2. AHH I literally just made one of these, except with 5 colors instead of 6. Even so, it took me like 2 weeks to finish, because doing the backwards knots got me so frustrated I always had to quit early! Anyway, I also just had to do a "how-to" speech for my Oral Communications class and I did it on how to make this friendship bracelet, so your post was very timely :)

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  3. Wow this is so pretty. Love it. I do also a lot of this friendship bracelets. Its really relaxing when I made it :)
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  4. So pretty- I used to make these prolifically as a kid- I started again last summer but have yet to finish one!

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  5. What kind of string did you use in this tutorial? Message me @ kellyluu_@hotmail.com thanks :)

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  6. Beautiful and it looks so easy to make :D I think I'm going to try making these for my friends :)

    ♥, http://summeronhillwood.blogspot.ca/

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  7. Good idea! i love friendship bracelets!

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  8. Very nice! I am going to pin it!

    Lau

    http://fallinlove.com.ar/?lang=en/

    http://pinterest.com/lauranapoli/

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  9. I love it!! I love how big and thick it is while most are tiny and little!!

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  10. wow i love this need to try itt :D
    http://kemples.blogspot.co.uk/

    xoxo

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  11. Love it! I'm friendship bracelet obsessed and havne't seen this one yet! Def giving it a try.

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  12. Hi. How do you finish this when you don't have a loop? Thanks!

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    1. Are you asking how you put it on your wrist? If so, I just tie to the two ends together in a knot- throwback style.

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  13. Ahh, okay :) could I start this with a loop?

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  14. What kind of string did you use? It looks different, stronger, than embroidery floss.

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  15. Love this! but I just can't make it!!! the bracelet twist when I'm doing it... heeeelp me! please... :(

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  16. I love this but mine sucks!! lol HELP!~!~

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  17. this is just WOW <3 I loved it . . .

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  18. what colour of this bracelet would be best for a boy?

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