I’m not sure when the last time I made a friendship bracelet was, but definitely a long time ago. I may have even been in single digits. Frankly I was way more into lanyards than friendship bracelets, but I did go to summer camp, so I’m sure they were a thing at some point.
What I had apparently forgotten was how difficult these things are. Or maybe I wasn’t looking at them with an adult’s eye trying to make a pattern or consistent width. These are my experiments where I occasionally didn’t have enough embroidery thread to make it long enough or pulled things too tight, or not tight enough. But I kind of love them. And I adore the process of knotting them. It takes all of my concentration and yet is exactly the sort of repetitive action that I can just completely zone out with.
Here are some friendship bracelet tutorials for you, if you want to make your own crazy patterns and designs.
The second from the left I made from this tutorial from Honestly WTF, which frankly started my craze. I blame pinterest.
This is a good, basic tutorial from Craft Scope with a pretty awesome idea of how to keep the all strands straight with just a piece of cardboard.
For a different style of friendship bracelet that makes a six-stranded braid, this tutorial from Panda Hall Learning Center looks pretty great.
Honestly, once I started looking, I was amazed at all of the different methods pinterest threw at me. I may be knotting and braiding for the next month or so, just so that I can try them all.