Simple Friendship Bracelet : Done 2 Ways

Friendship bracelets are fun, easy things to make! You can give them to a friend, or keep them to spice up your own jewelry collection.

According to tradition, one places a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend as a symbol of friendship and may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet is worn to honour the time, energy and love put into their friendship. The idea of a bracelet to symbolise friendship is beautiful.

The modern popularity of friendship bracelets started in the 1980s when they were seen during protests about the disappearances of Mayan Indians and peasants in Guatemala. The friendship bracelets were brought into the United States by religious groups for use in political rallies.

Basic Supplies :

Choose several strands of embroidery thread in a variety of colors.
 You’re the artist here. Choose as many strands of thread as you like, as long as you’re using three or more. Go for color combinations that you think would make a pretty pattern

2 String Friendship bracelet:

  • Cut 2 strands of embroidery floss about 5 ft long, fold in half and knot in the middle to make a loop. Secure with tape to a table or board.
  • Cord 1 is on the left (both pink strands) Cord 2 is on the right (both blue strands). Cord 1 is the holding cord.
  • Use Cord 2 to tie a Half Hitch. A Half Hitch is tied by moving Cord 2 under the holding cord (pink)…
  • then over it, and back under Cord 2 on the right.
  • Pull Cord 2 up to tighten. Keep the Cord 2 end on the right when you are done.
  • For the second knot, Cord 2 becomes the holding cord. Use Cord 1 to tie a Half Hitch by moving Cord 1 under the holding cord.
  • Flip Cord 1 over Cord 2, then back under Cord 1 on the left.

Pull Cord 1 up to tighten. Keep the Cord 1 end on the left when you are done.

Continue to alternate back and forth between the two cords to form the rest of the bracelet.

Hemp and Beads Friendship bracelet:


1 piece @ 16″ long (center cord)

1 piece @ 70″ long (working cords)

1 piece @ 14″ long (for slider closure)

7 round beads with a hole large enough to slide onto the hemp cord (mine were 10 mm)

tape or a cork board and t-pins to hold your work


craft glue

  • Cute your hemp card and tape one end too a corkboard or table
  • String on the beads :String the seven beads onto the 16″ center piece of cord
  • Tie the Square Knots Start of the bracelet with a few square knots.
  • Alternating Beads and Knots – Slide one of the beads up against the row of square knots you just tied. Then tie two square knots after the bead, making sure not to leave any space between the knots and the bead.
  •  Finishing Up :Add some craft glue to the knot and let it dry for a few minutes.

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