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Create Your Own Beaded Friendship Bracelet

One of the sweetest ways to express love and friendship is by creating handmade gifts or trading with friends! A beaded friendship bracelet is a beautiful gesture to show someone how much you care. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to craft a charming beaded friendship bracelet that you can gift to a dear friend. Let’s get started on this meaningful journey!

Supply list:

  • Embroidery Floss – Select 2-4 colors that reflect your friend’s taste and personality.
  • Alphabet Beads – To spell out your special message or your friend’s name.
  • Clipboard or Tape – To secure your work.
  • Scissors – For cutting threads and trimming excess.
  • Needle – For threading beads and securing knots.

step-by-step instructions to make a friendship bracelet:

  1. Cut (2) strands of embroidery floss each 40-48 in. long.
  2. Fold the (2) strands in 1/2 and tie a knot right below the fold, and put them under the clipboard or tape to the table.

3. Separate the (4) strands into 3 sections. Braid 1″-2″, then tie a knot.

4. Now separate the (4) strands into 2 sections. Take the left strand over the right strand into a “4” shape. Then take the left strand under the right strand and through the loop and pull tight.

5. Repeat on the right side starting with a backward “4” shape, taking the right strand under the left strand and through the loop and pull tight.

6. Continue this pattern until you get to almost the middle of the bracelet.

7. Add beads: Separate the strands (1) on the left, (2) in the middle, and (1) on the right. Thread your needle onto the middle strands, and the first bead onto the two middle strands.

8. Take the right strand under the middle strands, over the middle strands, and through the loop, and repeat on the left side to secure the bead. Continue until you have added all of the beads, and secured them.

9. Divide the strands back into (2) sections, and continue the pattern from #5-6 for 1″-2″. Tie a knot.

10. Braid to the end and tie a knot.

11. To add an adjustable closure: overlap the two braided ends and tape the beginning and the end. Cut about a 7″ piece of thread and place it under the braids.

12. Now start with the right strand and repeat step #11. Create about 5-6 and then tie 3 knots to secure, and finally trim the thread.

13. Now you have an adjustable friendship bracelet with beads, great job!

Congratulations! You’ve crafted a personalized beaded friendship bracelet that will warm your friend’s heart. It’s a heartfelt gift that celebrates your bond and creativity.

Conclusion:

Crafting a beaded friendship bracelet is more than just creating an accessory; it’s an expression of love and thoughtfulness. This heartfelt gift is a symbol of the special connection you share with your friend. So, gather your supplies, pour your love into each bead, and enjoy the joy of gifting a handmade treasure that will be cherished for years to come. Happy crafting!

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