Friendship Bracelet DIY

Friendship bracelets are a nostalgic craft that never go out of style.

Formed by a series of knots that create a woven pattern, friendship bracelets are actually a type of macrame. Use Omegacryl yarn or embroidery floss and follow the instructions below to learn the two most basic patterns, Candy Stripe and Chevron. Then have fun playing with patterns and adding embellishments to create friendship bracelets that are all your own!

You can find our Friendship Bracelet DIY Kit plus additional yarn and supplies in our shop.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets:

Candy Stripe & Chevron

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Candy Stripe

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 01 The Neon Tea Party

Cut as many strands of yarn as you'd like to 32” and tie them together 3” down. Separate strands in the order of the pattern you want to create. The more strands you incorporate, the wider your bracelet will be.

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 2 The Neon Tea Party

Working from the left to the right. take the left-most strand and bend it on top of its neighbor to the right, creating a “4” shape.

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 3 The Neon Tea Party

Wrap the tail of the left-most strand (pink) around its neighbor (orange) by going under it and pulling the pink tail out through the space between the strands.

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 4 The Neon Tea Party

Hold the interior strand (orange) straight and pull knot up towards the top knot, tightening to secure. Repeat once more. *Each knot in a friendship bracelet consists of two knots.*

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 5 The Neon Tea Party

The pink strand will move to the right. Repeat the same process of knotting around the next string (yellow). Don't forget two knots!

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 6 The Neon Tea Party

Continue knotting each strand with the pink yarn until the pink ends up all the way to the right.

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 7 The Neon Tea Party

Repeat the process with the new left-most strand (orange), working your way across each strand of the bracelet.

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 8 The Neon Tea Party

Stripes will form down the length of your bracelet. Continue until you’ve reached your desired bracelet length!

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet DIY 9 The Neon Tea Party

To finish your bracelet, braid a 2.5” braid and tie a knot to secure. Undo the starting knot and braid that end as well.

A Brief History of Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets originate from Central America, namely Guatemala, and made their way to the States only as recently as the 1970s. Friendship bracelets are a form of macrame since the woven patterns are created by knots. It is traditional to make and give a bracelet to a friend as a sign of long-lasting companionship. As the maker ties the bracelet onto the wrist of the recipient, the recipient can make a wish on the bracelet. When the bracelet falls off, it is said the recipient’s wish will come true!

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Chevron

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 1 The Neon Tea Party

Choose as many colors of yarn as you'd like can cut two strands of each color to 32". Tie all of your strands together 3” down. Separate strands so that the color order mirrors itself.

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 2 The Neon Tea Party

Working from the left to the right. take the left-most strand and bend it on top of its neighbor to the right, creating a “4” shape.

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 3 The Neon Tea Party

Wrap the tail of the left-most strand (pink) around its neighbor (orange) by going under it and pulling the pink tail out through the space between the strands. Repeat. *Each knot in a friendship bracelet consists of two knots.*

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 4 The Neon Tea Party

Follow the same steps using the right-most string but instead bend the string creating a backwards “4.”

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 5 The Neon Tea Party

Wrap the tail of the right-most strand (pink) around its neighbor (orange) by going under it and pulling the pink tail through the space between the strands. Don't forget two knots!

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 6 The Neon Tea Party

Both outside strands should have moved one spot closer to the center.

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 7 The Neon Tea Party

Repeat the process, knotting around the next neighboring strands (yellow) until the pink strands are both in the center.

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 8 The Neon Tea Party

To comeplete the chevron, knot one pink strand around the other twice (it doesn’t matter which one!).

Chevron Friendship Bracelet DIY 9 The Neon Tea Party

Reapeat steps working the outside strands to the center until your bracelet is desired length. See last step of "Candy Stripe" pattern above to learn how to finish bracelet.

There's more to learn when it comes to making friendship bracelets!

Discover the thoughtfully curated (and totally stylish) elements of our Friendship Bracelet DIY Kit on the TNTP blog. Stay tuned for more fun patterns and project ideas, also on our blog!

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  • If you missed last week’s friendship bracelet workshop, never fear!! TNTP is hosting Friendship Bracelets 101 at @westelmbroadway next Thursday 2/28 from 6-8pm! Come learn everything you need to know to get knotty and master friendship bracelets including the four basic knots and how to read patterns. 🤩🙌🏼💥
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  • Our giant friendship bracelet in all its knotty glory!! 😍🌈💥🙌🏼
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This piece is officially an all-time TNTP fave and it’s even more special because of the contributions from our new friends this weekend at @artistsandfleas! My hope with this project was to create an interactive teaching tool to help people learn or refine their friendship bracelet knotting skills. This large, tactile piece made it easy for people to jump in and learn a new skill in under a minute! There’s such a great sense of satisfaction in getting the hang of something new and I sincerely hope that getting knotty with TNTP added joy to our new friends’ days. 🤗
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Swipe through for a few faces that contributed to this special piece! 👯‍♀️
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  • Lovely day doing alll the crafts at @artistsandfleas! The giant friendship bracelet is coming along FAB thanks to all of today’s new friends (plus down time during slower moments where I had a blast getting in my macrame groove 🙃). I also snuck in some pom pom demos, finished a 🧡 bracelet and got a kumihimo cord started for anyone who wants to try it out! If you’re in NYC and looking for something fun to do tomorrow, stop by A&F Williamsburg 10a-7p and come get your craft on with TNTP 🤗✂️🧶🌈💥
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  • If you can’t tell what this is, it’s a large-scale Friendship Bracelet wall hanging prepped and ready for more knots to be added this weekend at @artistsandfleas Williamsburg! 😍🌈🙌🏼 Stop by all weekend to learn Friendship Bracelet knots and add some of your own to this interactive piece! Plus have the opportunity to say hi, check out our new friendship bracelet kits and snag some TNTP craft supplies! ✂️🧶
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Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm, 70 North 7th St, Williamsburg BK.
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I CANNOT wait to see how the beauty turns out!!!!! 🤗🌈🤗🌈🤗
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#abmlifeiscolorful#psimadethis#dscolor #crafttherainbow#creativityfound #abmcrafty #dslooking#makersmovement #dstexture#huntgramcolor #craftbuzz #crafternoon #handmadelove #makersgonnamake
#livecolorfully #creatorslane #makersvillage #thehandmadeparade #crafsposure #handmadeisbetter #favehandmade #handsandhustle #creativehappylife #mycreativebiz #studiodiy#bemakeful #pocket_creative #theneonteaparty