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DIY Fishtail Friendship Bracelets With I Spy DIY

One of our lovely house guests this past weekend was Jenni of the blog I Spy DIY – so of course we had to get our craft on one morning before heading to the festival! Jenni brought supplies for three projects: friendship bracelets, wrapped sunglasses and flower crowns. I loved the colorful bracelets and thought it was such a perfect festival DIY – if you’re going to a festival with a friend or group of friends, make these bracelets as a symbol of your trip and to remember the festival by.

diy friendship bracelets

What you need: Scissors, cord (the cord is pictured above on the larger spools), pliers, lobster clasps, jumprings, end caps, super glue.

Start by selecting the two cord colors you want to use, and a third color to use as your base (this color will not be visible when you’re finished). Cut about an arm’s length of the base cord color and fold it in half. Insert the loop where you folded it in half in an end cap. Next cut about three arms’ lengths of each color you’ll be using on the outside of your bracelet. Insert the end of each into the end cap. Add a dab of super glue to hold them in place, and use the pliers to close the end cap securely around the cord.

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelet steps

Now it’s time for the easy part! You’re basically just fishtail-braiding the cord. Start by taking the right outside string and weave it over the right-hand base cord, and under the left-hand base cord. Then take the left outside string and weave it over the left-hand base cord and under the right-hand base cord. Repeat, starting on the right side again. Continue weaving right to left until the bracelet reaches your desired length. Trim off the extra cord and insert all four cord ends into another end cap.  Attach the two end caps with jump rings and a lobster clasp, and your bracelet is ready to wear!

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelets

How cute are Alyx and Jenni in their matching Color Between Borders Smocked Skorts?

diy friendship bracelets

diy friendship bracelets

And here is the finished product!

diy friendship bracelets

To see the other DIY projects we did at the house visit Jenni’s blog!

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Lynn -April 19, 2013, 9:50AM

Very cool! Going to try and make it! :)

Renee -April 19, 2013, 11:16AM

These are cool! What brand and type of fiber is the cord on the black spools?

Meg -April 19, 2013, 11:25AM

I love the modern take on friendship bracelets.
I remember when I was making bracelets nonstop when I was 8 – so much fun!

Shelley -April 19, 2013, 11:37AM
lynn -April 19, 2013, 12:02PM

I have to make a couple of those!

Tiffany -April 19, 2013, 1:46PM

such a cute bracelet! i’ve actually tried this once on a longer scale and made a leather beaded wrap bracelet. this herringbone knot you did looks very nice when you ladder it with beads. but these are cute. i never thought of adding a clasp closure before. looks a lot neater with the clasps.

fargol -April 19, 2013, 2:35PM

it is so beauty….

Lauren -April 19, 2013, 4:40PM

These are so cute! I want to try :)

Ménage Lille -April 24, 2013, 4:38AM

Very cute, but I’m not sure to do it well. Let me try!

Vivi -April 24, 2013, 12:20PM

I made one of these over the weekend using two wooden beads in place of ball caps and embroidery floss instead of colored cord. The floss just needs to be double stranded to make it thicker. I thought I’d mention this because I came home to find I only had brown leather cording, no caps and didn’t feel like driving to the craft store.

wintertrees -May 9, 2013, 4:54AM

omg so cute i made 2 for meand my friend. thnx

Knitascarf -August 1, 2013, 5:34PM

Very cute and can literally go with anything.

Bob -August 7, 2013, 10:53PM

Excellent post! I’ve pinned this and will also post a link from our Friendship Bracelet page. I make a lot of paracord bracelets and have used the Fishtail in that way, but this is a really cool new twist! Love it.

sita -August 12, 2013, 7:59AM

this is a great website tat is really helpful for my orgonzation!1

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