For bracelets that are as colorful and fun as your friendship, try these designer-inspired DIY pieces. When stacked, these funky friendship bracelets have an intricate and eclectic look, but they’re actually made by simply braiding together embroidery floss and bead trim. Because they’re braided, these bracelets work up extra quickly, which means you’ll have time
to make a whole rainbow of bracelets. Add some skull charms for extra edge if you like!
small gold charms
a bead and crimp for closure
plastic bead trim
1.) Gather materials. Needed are embroidery floss, scissors, a small gold charm (doesn’t have to be a skull, pick anything you and your friends like!), a bead and crimp for closure, plastic bead trim (this was leftover from a Christmas project, but you can buy this at a craft store) and tape.
2.) Start the braid. I used a couple strands of embroidery floss per color for a thicker braid and folded the long strands in half so I could make a loop closure at the end. I cut the strands about four times what I needed for the length of the bracelet, and this ended up being plenty of string (when you fold them they will be two times the size of your bracelet). Take your bead trim, place it in the center of the loop you make with your folded floss. Take a piece of cotton thread or beading floss and tie all the strands together, making the knot nice and tight right after that first bead in the trim.
3.) Glue this knot to hold your start together. Tape your loop at the top of your workspace, and braid your strands together.
4.) At the end, repeat what we did at the top (tying with thread, gluing knot); then snip the trim right after the bead which is tied. Thread your crimp onto one floss piece, and thread on the bead. Then thread back through the crimp. Crimp shut. Cut excess, and cut the excess floss that you didn’t use. Glue this knot to hold.
5.) Add your charm to the middle of the bracelet. Finished!