Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friendship Bracelets

Want some new "arm candy" (aka bracelets) but don't have the cash to pony up for them? That's exactly the case I found myself in this summer, so I decided to whip up some bracelets on my own. There's all kinds of bracelet tutorials on Pinterest, but I decided to keep it old-school and simple: by making friendship bracelets.

(Today you get some lovely Instagram pictures, since my camera is at my home 150 miles away).


I've made tons of these since the beginning of summer, using up a kit of cotton thread at my local craft store that cost $4. That's what I love about these: they're so affordable and you can whip them up really quick!

Over the years, I've done many variations of friendship bracelets. I have some great memories of weaving these during summer camp (didn't we all have to make them?) Even though I'm in college, friendship bracelets have seemed to become stylish for the older crowd.


I followed this tutorial from Honestly WTF, only I've been using four colors rather than six. Using less colors makes a thinner bracelet, which I like the look of better.


The bracelet on the top is one that I made by tying knots over and over again, creating a spiral staircase pattern. Why does it look so strange? Well, it may or may not have accidentally run through the wash, hiding in my jeans pocket. Oops.


Friendship bracelets are an easy way to add something to your stack, too! See how it looks with the other bracelets?

So, what do you think? Any of you going to try making a friendship bracelet again? They're not that hard, I promise!

27 comments:

  1. I need to try this. I just have no patience. So I will probably stick to the less awesome looking lanyard.

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    1. I don't have the patience for lanyards. I can never get them to work for some reason, even though I think they look so cool!

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  2. I use to love making friendship bracelets. Infact I still have mine in a memory box from when I was a teenager :)

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    1. I've kept a few of mine from middle school and high school as well. I remember how I used to wear them until they fell off--I guess that means you're deepest wish will come true or something? I barely remember now, weird.

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  3. I used to love making friendship bracelets! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back from What's Cooking in the Burbs. Have a great afternoon!

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    1. Thanks for stopping my blog too and the follow! They're a lot of fun to make, aren't they?

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  4. New follower - these are really cool bracelets!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for the follow! :)

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  5. I used to wear these all the time! At camp I would make them by the dozen

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    1. I made tons at camp too! I still think I have a bunch of them, tucked away somewhere.

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  6. Very cool. I use to make them when I was in class at school :)

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    1. Thanks! I never made them during school, but that would be a great class project now that I think about it.

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you think so :)

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  8. You know, I was so against these when they started getting popular again (I tend to get very stubborn about things, not sure why) but I am LOVING them now. Loving. So much that I just bought like, 30 of them, when I could be making them myself. Although they would not come out like yours, mine would just be big knots - and not the pretty kind! :)

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    1. I was a little iffy about making some again as well--they're part of my childhood, and I don't want to tamper with that. I debated a LONG time about buying them, but then eventually I just decided to make them myself! And trust me, my first couple ones didn't turn out so great, haha.

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  9. I used to make TONS of those!! Now I don't think I could remember how if I tried! I remember taping my embroidery floss to my desk at school. Ha! Following you back from Two In Diapers, friend!

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    1. I didn't remember how to make them at all either. Had to reteach myself--it's crazy, the things we forget about our childhoods. Thanks for the follow back :)

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  10. I love to make them, and haven't done so in a while.

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    1. Yeah they're good to keep you busy, especially when you're waiting for something or watching TV. They're so much fun to make!

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  11. I literally became obsessed with these last summer - I've had one on my arm pretty much every day since then - they're so cute!

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    1. Aren't they? They're perfect for summer. I've made a bunch for my friends already and they all love them.

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  12. I love making friendship bracelets!! So easy and a great stress reliever!

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