Friendship Bracelet DIY

Ever since I gave out friendship bracelets at Alt, I have been wanting to make my own and I finally did! I got these really pretty antique gold square links from Kollabora and decided they would be perfect for these bracelets! I love friendship bracelets for layering with other bangles during festival season and summer and these are easy to make in a variety of colors!

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

Friendship Bracelet Directions


4 yards of waxed cotton cord or embroidery thread, connector charm, scissors, tape, ruler, super glue


1 Cut the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Fold the 20 inch piece in half, pull the loop through the connecter charm, fold it over, and pull the rest of the cord through the loop. Repeat the step on the other side of the charm. These strands will remain anchored.

2 Tape it to something sturdy so the bracelet is secure while you make the knots. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord.

3 Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Pull the strands tight and push the knot up to the top. 

To finish the other side of the knot, fold the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side. Continue going back and forth until you get to the desired length (keep in mind that the clasp will take up approximately half an inch) and then move on to the other side. See video below.

4 To finish the knots, thread both cords up 3–4 knots along the backside. Pliers or a needle may help with this.

5 Cut the ends and dab them with super glue so that they are even more secure. Do this process to both sides.

6 To create a sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle and overlap the ends. Using scrap cord, temporarily tie at the ends. Take the 10 inch cord and center it under the strands. You’re going to start the knot exactly the same way you did before.

7 Create 4–5 knots and finish the ends the same way you did before. Undo the temporary ties. The two sets of middle cords become the adjustable ties of the bracelet. Adjust it to fit your wrist and trim the ends.

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

Thanks to Jasmine for modeling for me!

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  1. lovely

  2. Great tutorial! Gotta make some. I shared this on my blog too:

  3. Hey Ciera,
    Its really cute. Since Frienship Day is around the corner I already ordered this Tie On Friendship Bracelet for my BFF, but nevertheless I feel I can give her two now. Will try it out. It seems simple and fun and looks fantastic. In fact I am gonna make two now. 1 for her and one for me..Thanks to you..❤

  4. I love your DIY.

  5. oh man – I LOVE! i want to make 10.

  6. I would love to try making this! If you use embroidery thread, does it also have to be waxed, or would it work with regular thread? Thank you!

  7. I love these bracelets and DIY! Thank you for sharing, hopefully I can be as talented and make them myself haha

  8. Such a great idea!

  9. Wow, those look great!


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