No summer is complete without collecting a few friendship bands along the way. Make them for you, your best bud, sister or brother. Make a bunch of them for your summer of fun. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy, and is also quick to do. There are many different types of friendship bands but I would say these are the easiest for beginners. If you always have some on your arm, it’s easy to swap with new found friends, best buds on a memorable day or with friends at school on the last day of term.

here's what you need...

  • Embroidery thread in various colours
  • Beads
  • Shells with holes drilled (optional)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail varnish


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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Take two threads of different colour, approximately the length of your arm from shoulder to fingertips. Find the centre, make a loop and tie.


    Tip: At this stage check your fastening bead or shell will pass through the loop snugly.

  • 2

    Stick the loop end to a hard surface with tape. Separate the colours.


  • 3

    Holding one set of coloured threads straight down towards you, pass the other colour over the top, then under and through the loop you’ve created.
    Pull the threads until they make a tight knot.


  • 4

    Repeat steps three and four, swapping the colours this time. You can keep repeating this process until your band is long enough to fit around your wrist, or you can embellish it using the next steps as a guide. Either way you will need step 8 to finish off.


  • 5

    To add beads or shells down the centre, take 1 strand from each colour and pass through the bead, then return the strands to their original place and carry on knotting.
    You can also add beads to the left or right of the band, just take the outermost thread and pass it through the bead, then return it to its original place and carry on knotting.


    Tip: If you are finding it difficult to pass the thread through shells, use a sewing needle. An adult’s help may be required here.

  • 6

    Try different colour combinations and embellishments. Felix used his own favourite colours and personalised it with letter beads.


  • 7

    When the band is long enough to fit around your wrist, add a final bead to a couple of strands and tie a knot using all the strands. Ensure this is tight and cut off excess thread. Add a blob of nail polish to secure the knot.


  • 8

    We’re all ready for our summer of hazy, sunny, fun filled days, memory making with new and old friends. Maybe we’ll find some shells on the beach and make some more bands. We’re addicted to them now!

    Friendship Bracelets Finished


By Claire Dearing on 01.07.16

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