Want to make a friendship bracelet? I'll show you a little-known technique that lets even a complete beginner make beautifully braided bracelets.
In 20 minutes from now, you can finish an intricately braided friendship like this one:
The trick is using something called a braiding disc, or braiding loom. It's just a round piece of cardboard with some slots in it, but it makes bracelet-weaving a lot easier compared to the bracelet-making method described in most books. In the free friendship bracelet instructions below, I'll show you how to make your braiding disc and how to use it.
I'll start out with step-by-step photo instructions, but if you prefer you can also skip ahead to the video tutorial further down the page.
Ready? First up, you'll need to gather your materials.
All you need is:
Tip: Instead of yarn, you can also use embroidery floss. If you use embroidery floss, double over the strands to make them thicker
Line up the ends of your 7 strands of yarn, then tie a simple overhand knot like this. Make it so that there's about 1" (2cm) of loose ends poking out of the knot.
Poke the knotted end of the yarn bundle through the hole in the center of the braiding disc, like this:
Then clip one piece of yarn into each slot, except the top slot. Your braiding disc should look like this:
Braiding your bracelet with the disc is really easy. There are just two steps to learn and repeat.
Now, just keep repeating Step A, Step B, Step A, Step B etc, and your bracelet will grow. It seems a bit like magic the first time but it really works!
As you continue, you'll see your bracelet growing down through the hole in the center of your braiding disc, like this:
Once the bracelet is long enough to go around your wrist, in-clip it from the braiding disc. It should look something like this:
(I used a bit too much yarn on this one, so the loose ends are quite long.)
Tie an overhand knot (just like in step 2) right at the point where the braiding ends. Then tie another overhand knot about 2/3" (1.5cm) away. Trim the loose ends. The end of your bracelet should now look like this:
Congratulations on finishing your bracelet! To wear it, you poke the knot at one end through the gap between the two knots at the other end, like this:
How did your friendship bracelet turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear. If you have any comments or suggestions or just want to say hi, please contact me with this handy form.
I found this very clear video (not mine) that explains the technique really clearly. I hope you enjoy it!
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