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DIY Friendship Bracelet

The arm party is here to stay, so why not add another to your collection with a DIY friendship bracelet? Mine took about 30 minutes to make and cost just a few dollars.

After discovering jewelry designer Venessa Arizaga, I fell in love with her witty, whimsical bracelets made using silk thread, charms, chains, and settings. Venessa's collection inspired me to try my hand at a DIY bracelet. Here's how to make your own.

Gather your supplies. You'll need:

  • Colorful Thread
  • Alphabet Beads
  • Shape Beads
  • Scissors
  • Tape (not shown)

Here's how to make the bracelet:

1. Cut four same-length strands of thread. Try 12 to 24 inches--you can always trim the excess thread, but it's better to start off with more than you need. Find the center of the thread by combining the four strands and folding in half. Once you find center, create a knot, to keep the beads in place. (You might need to double or triple knot it if necessary, depending on the size of the bead hole.) Then thread on the heart bead and letter beads and knot again at the end, making sure the knot is too large to slip through the hole in the last bead.
2. Rotate your bracelet so it is now vertical, and secure it to the table or a clipboard (I used a bit of tape to keep mine in place). 

3. You will now create a sequence of square knots to create the bracelet sides. If you're not sure how to do a square knot, check out this great tutorial. Continue knotting until the knotted length is roughly the same length as the beaded section of the bracelet. Secure with a double knot. Repeat Step 3 on the other side of the bracelet with a succession of square knots. Secure with a double knot.
4. To make the sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle, overlapping the loose strands on both sides of the bracelet. Use a bit of tape to hold the overlapping sections in place. Cut another a 10-12" length of cord and start tying square knots like you did earlier. 

5. Create the desired length of the sliding knot and trim the excess. The bracelet will now be adjustable.
6. Add a statement bead at the end of each bracelet, secure with knots.

Make a few more DIY friendship bracelets to keep (or give!), and show off your arm party to the world.

Here's a Pin-able version with all the steps.

For more DIY projects from Samantha, go to The Brunette One.

Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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