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How to Make Simple Braided Friendship Bracelets
Beaded Friendship Bracelets

Beaded Friendship Bracelets

Sherri Osborn
These fun beaded bracelets are easy enough to make that you will not only want to make them for your friends, but also for yourself and everyone else you know. The colored bead you braid into the bracelet has a special meaning so choose carefully for each recipient and make sure you let them know the meaning of the colors as well.

  • Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

Instructions:
Start out by picking the color of bead you want to work with. You can put more than one bead on a bracelet if you like; however, I prefer to only use one color per bracelet. If I want to present someone with multiple beads, I simply make them a few different bracelets.

Remember, the color of the bead you braid into the bracelet has a special meaning. Here are the colors you can choose from and what each color can symbolize:

  • Red: Energy, excitement, strength
  • Pink: Love, friendship, compassion
  • Brown: Comfort, reliability, the love of outdoors
  • Orange: Energy, enthusiasm, and warmth
  • Yellow: Joy, imagination, and optimism
  • Green: Prosperity, healing, and growth
  • Blue: Peace, happiness and loyalty
  • Purple: Calming, wisdom, and spirituality
  • White: Protection, cleanliness, and innocence

Cut the twine or hemp into three 30" long pieces. Line up the ends of the three pieces of twine or hemp and tie an overhand knot leaving about 3- to 4-inches of twine or hemp on the end. Tape that end to your work surface and then start braiding the long ends of the 3 pieces of twine or hemp together the same way you would braid hair.

Braid together your pieces of twine for about 3-inches and then slide the desired colored bead onto the middle piece of twine or hemp. Braid the piece together for about another 3-inches. If you want to use several beads in a row, slide a bead on an outside strand, cross that strand over the center strand, slide another bead onto the strand in the same position as the first strand, cross that strand over the center strand, and so on until you have the desired number of beads.

Experiment with using several beads and designs. You can braid the twine or hemp about 2-inches, slide on a bead, do a couple more braids, slide on another bead, and so on until you have 3 or 4 beads on your bracelet.

Once you are done braiding and beading, then tie another overhand knot to secure. Trim the ends of the twine or hemp so they are even, leaving about 3- to 4-inches of extra twine or hemp. The recipient can now used the extra ends to tie the bracelet around their wrist and then trim off any extra twine or hemp.

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