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How to Make Friendship Bracelets – The EASIEST way!

My kids wanted to learn how to make friendship bracelets, but it proved to be too difficult a task for them to master.  Last summer we learned the absolute easiest way to make friendship bracelets, and I just had to share.  This method is so easy that even my kindergartner can do it, but fun enough that older kids will enjoy it too.  Now my kids are bracelet making fools!

How to Make Friendship Bracelets - The EASIEST way!(This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you click a link and purchase something that I have recommended. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

If you like this tutorial, make sure you also check out my easy friendship bracelet tutorial. The easiest way for me to show you how to make the bracelets is with a video, so I made a little how to make friendship bracelets video for you to watch.  If you are using an ad blocker, you may need to turn it off to see the video.  You can also watch it on my YouTube channel.

To make friendship bracelets, you’ll need:

  • pearl cotton or embroidery floss – 7 strands
  • old cereal box
  • a pen
  • scissors
  • a cup (or other object to trace a circle)

Trace a circle on the cereal box and mark a dot in the middle of the circle.  It does not need to be perfect.

Cut out the circle and poke a hole through the center of the circle with your pen, where you made a mark.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets - The EASIEST way!

Cut 8, evenly spaced, slits around the circle.

make friendship bracelets with cardboard wheel

Cut 7 pieces of embroidery floss about the length from your hand to your shoulder.

embroidery floss

Line up the ends of the floss and tie a double knot.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets - The EASIEST way!

Thread the strands through the back of the hole.  Make sure the knot stays on the back side.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets - The EASIEST way!

Thread each of the strands through the slits on the front.  One slit will be empty.  Always keep the empty slit on the bottom of the circle while you work.

easy friendship bracelets

Count to the right, 3 strands.  Remove the strand from that slit.

Friendship bracelet tutorial.

Put the strand in the empty slit at the bottom.  This creates a new empty slit.  Now turn the circle so that empty slit is at the bottom.  Continue with this action over and over.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets - The EASIEST way!

The bracelet will start to form on the other side of the cardboard.  Once it is long enough, remove the bracelet from the circle.

How to Make Friendship Bracelets - The EASIEST way!

Tie a knot in the loose end, as close to the bracelet as possible. Trim the excess thread, leaving about 2 inches.

How to make friendship bracelets for beginners.

That’s it!  The actual bracelet formation takes a while, but I found that my kids were actually patient enough to finish using this method.

How to make friendship bracelets step by step.

Now you can keep your kids busy all summer long learning how to make friendship bracelets!   And once you’ve mastered this method, you’ll also want to take a look at these other great friendship bracelets with stringClick here for more fun kid craft ideas and go here for fun primary activity ideas for kids.

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Sunday 1st of October 2023

Love this. Thank you!

Do you know if this would work with 10 color strings and 11 hole? *I would like to make something for the 10 lines of the Girl Scout Law.

Pamela Gustafson

Thursday 2nd of February 2023

How do you tie the bracelets around the wrist??

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

I like to just keep the ends long and tie a knot. I think there are fancier things you can do, but I'm simple.


Wednesday 7th of December 2022

yass soo cute!! I love them sooooo much


Thursday 27th of May 2021

Works so well! I made three for my friends and one for myself... They all turned out so pretty. If i had to choose a favorite string craft, i would choose these no doubt!

Kat Hutchinson

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Could you add beads to it?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Ooh, I don't know, that's a good question. Next time my girls are making them, I'll have to make them test that out.

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