I remember making all sorts of friendship bracelets in elementary school for both myself and to share with friends, it was simple and sometimes as easy as braiding some embroidery floss together and calling it a day. Over the past year I have noticed a revival of the friendship bracelet all over the place. Both online like the blog posts and tutorials here, here, here, and here along with a huge variety of these types of bracelets for sale at places like Claire’s and Target.
Since the trend seems to be going strong I decided to make own friendship bracelet inspired arm candy. So after wracking my brain for those buried childhood crafting memories I was able to create this modern take on the old-school friendship bracelet.
I started by digging through all of my jewelry making supplies, I have a lot, and came out with some leather cord to cover with embroidery floss, blue embroidery floss and some silver beads.
This type of bracelet is actually really easy. I started by cutting the cord a little longer then the length I wanted my bracelet to be and a length of embroidery floss 3 to 4 times longer than that. Then I taped the top down on my work station to make it easier. Then you simply tie knots around the cord and slip them up to the top, right next to the last knot before pulling the string tight.
I decided to place a bead every 15 knots. I just slipped the bead on the floss and continued knotting as normal. The knots line up as a circle around the cord as you go naturally, the only thing you have to do is pull the floss around as it starts to twist to the other side.
I wanted to be able to remove my bracelet easily, so instead of the old was of just tying them on that we used to do, I decided to add a clasp to mine. So I finished the ends by pinching a finding to the end of it and adding a clasp to the end. It probably took me a half hour total to create this bracelet, supply hunting included.
Then I paired the finished bracelet with other silver toned bracelets I already owned, some bangles and a rhinestoned stretch bracelet for this cute look.
Zoey decided it would be a good idea to sit directly in front of me and photo bomb nearly all of the photos I took, in every room… silly puppy.
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