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DIY Polka Dot Friendship Bracelet

Friendship bracelets have always given me a sentimental feeling — they can bring back thoughts that might be easily lost. Just by looking at them I feel a lot of warmth close to my heart. These bracelets are often given to me by close friends, by my sibling whenever she travels, or picked up by myself when I go to places that I don’t want to forget. In this post I’ll show you how to make a simple summer friendship bracelet for yourself or your friends.

What you need:

Embroidery thread — two colors of your choice

A small pair of scissors

An embroidery needle


DIY friendship bracelet

Step one: Cut 4 (or 8) strands of colored embroidery thread at around 75 inches — I use 8 threads to give it a little more thickness. Group the thread together and fold in half to create a loop. Tie a knot about 1 inch below the loop and secure to a table with tape, then separate your strands into 4.

DIY friendship bracelet

Step two: Start with string 1 and loop it over and then under string 2. Hold string 2 straight and pull the knot snug. Do this again so you have a double knot.

DIY friendship bracelet

Step three: Using string 1, repeat these steps to create two knots around each of the remaining strings (strings 3 and 4).

DIY friendship bracelet

Step four: When the row is complete, do the same again — this time using string 2 to create the double knots around string 3, 4, and 1, in that order.

DIY friendship bracelet

Step five: Keep doing this pattern (using string 3 as the “knotter”, then 4, and then 1 again) until the bracelet is as long as you want it. When you get to the end, split the group of thread in half and tie a knot.

DIY friendship bracelet  

Step six: With the two separate sections, start to braid each one and tie two small knots at the end of each to secure.

DIY friendship bracelet

Step seven: Using the other color of embroidery thread, start embroidering little dots all the way across the friendship bracelet, like so:

DIY friendship bracelet

** To do the knot I just keep threading in and out at one spot — making a kind of circular shape — until I’m happy with how it looks.

DIY friendship bracelet

And there you have it, a fun polka dot friendship bracelet to give to someone special over the summer!

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Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -June 5, 2013, 12:23PM

These are adorable!! Gonna try :)

Meg -June 5, 2013, 1:08PM

Love me some friendship bracelets!

I actually just made one out of an old Trader Joe’s paper grocery bag. Check it out!

Ellie -June 5, 2013, 1:23PM

I Love bracelets and jewelry you can make!
I recently went to the beach and collected seaglass and seashells and made a video on how to create beach seaglass and seashell necklaces! SUPER CUTE!

Ellie -June 5, 2013, 1:23PM

I recently made a video on beach seaglass and seashell neckalces!!!

Lin -June 5, 2013, 1:53PM

I must have read this wrong because I made my bracelet with four strings each at 75 inches!! haha the bracelet came out great but it was quite difficult using such long strings and i’m sure i can get 3 more bracelets out of the leftover string. thanks for the post though!

Mia -June 5, 2013, 6:00PM
Kylie -June 5, 2013, 7:59PM

awesome possum! thanks!!

Gina -June 10, 2013, 1:51PM

Help! The bracelet twists as it gets longer (I remember this problem when I was little and made these all the time too!). Even if I keep the knots loose, it still doesn’t lay flat and gets all twisty. Anyone else have the same problem, and any hints? Thanks!!

Ellie -June 16, 2013, 3:35AM

awesome love DIYs! check out my DIY highwaisted denim shorts:

Laura -July 10, 2013, 11:54AM

Lovely check out my friendship bracelets.

Payal Sharma -July 24, 2013, 4:12AM

Hey Jemma,
Its really cute. I ordered this Friendship Bracelet for my beastie, but nevertheless I feel I can give her two now. Will try it out. It seems simple and fun..

bible bracelets -July 30, 2013, 12:18PM

Such a simple and easy way to create an incredible addition to any string of bracelets. You could make one of every color to match with each outfit. With the dual colors you can even further customize them.

Knitascarf -August 13, 2013, 12:07PM

I love these bracelets.

Holly -August 17, 2013, 5:44AM

The instructions are really clear i love making the classic friendship bracelet and have been looking for cooler versions

Gina when it twists carry on and once you have finished iron the bracelet to make it flat

Alex Cardo @ Birthstones Online -January 14, 2014, 10:04AM

Hi Jemma! You’re making really good instructions for DIY lessons. Thanks for sharing.

Cowgirl20000 -February 20, 2014, 3:21AM

I found this way too hard for begginers and it’s supposed to be EASY

Olivia -May 23, 2014, 12:32PM

Wow! I’ve never seen some of these before! Thanks for sharing!

Alicia -August 19, 2014, 9:59AM

Love the style and basically so cute!

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