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Friendship Bracelets . . . En Vogue?

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I spent the last two weeks in Portland visiting family and enjoying all the perks of having a house with a craft store nearby.

One craft I was dying to revisit this time around was that old summer camp standby: the knotted friendship bracelet.

Friendship bracelets are, surprisingly, super en vogue these days. And, even more surprisingly, making one felt a little bit intimidating! We bought a giant 100-pack of colored strings at the local Michael’s and then I spent about three days just looking at them, feeling entirely overwhelmed. Once I finally dove in, I discovered that some things never change.Tying multicolored knots in a chevron pattern, for example, is just like riding a bike.

A quick how-to and some old-school friendship bracelet inspiration for you, after the jump!

When making a knotted friendship bracelet, you need to remember the rule of FOUR. That is, you lay your string in the shape of a number four before making your knot. 4. Got it?

I found this how-to video on You Tube. It’s a little long but while watching it I found myself getting really excited to try a few ideas of my own:

And, some high fashion ladies sporting their own (DIY? Questionable) knotted friendship bracelets. Enjoy!


  • Fashion Week? 1 of 6
    Fashion Week?
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this photo was taken in New York during fashion week. I've had this image saved in my files since then, it is one of my favorites.
  • Chevron/Ikat/Neon 2 of 6
    Chevron/Ikat/Neon
    Three trends at once!
  • Boho 3 of 6
    Boho
    I love how a stack of these bracelets makes you look simultaneously super cool and like you (obviously) have a ton of friends.
  • Like A Painting 4 of 6
    Like A Painting
    This must be needlepoint, I've been staring at this image for a half hour and I can't figure how you'd do it. But I want to learn!
  • For Teenagers 5 of 6
    For Teenagers
    This looks like more of the traditional friendship bracelet I'm used to--somewhat loud and garish in color, and meant to be shared between friends who also sport braces?
  • Until You Add Spikes 6 of 6
    Until You Add Spikes
    This just speaks to me, on a whole host of levels. Spikes!

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