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{DIY friendship bracelet}

I have fond memories of growing up and sitting with my girlfriends, making friendship bracelets. We spent countless hours “working” on different patterns & colors and gifting them to each other.
I’m not sure what triggered those memories, but a couple weeks ago I was reminded of how fun it used to be to make these cute bracelets.

I raided my craft stash and found some leftover embroidery floss.

No $$ spent = the perfect nifty and thrifty project! ;)


What you’ll need:

  • embroidery floss in 4 different colors
  • a pair of scissors
  • some tape or a safety pin

I remember me and my friends being superstitious and making a wish when putting on the bracelet.
We really believed the wish would only come true if the friendship bracelet fell off on its own. ;)
That would sometimes mean having to wear a bracelet for up to a year (if the maker was good at making the bracelets, hehe).

Where you and your friends superstitious like that?

How to:
(click images below to enlarge)

I’m partying here! ♥

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44 Kommentare

  • Antworten
    Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique
    Dienstag, der 18. September 2012 at 23:22

    Lovely… I remember these :)

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    Lynn
    Mittwoch, der 19. September 2012 at 04:40

    I remember making these too! This might be something fun to do with my niece.

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Mittwoch, der 19. September 2012 at 06:09

    I used to make these (and another pattern) all the time as a teen.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 20. September 2012 at 20:10

      It’s been so long, I thought I’d start with the chevron pattern for now. But it was so much fun making these bracelets again, that I’m sure I’ll post again, hehe.
      Hugs!! Vanessa

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    Katies Life Ever After
    Mittwoch, der 19. September 2012 at 06:30

    This just brought back crazy good memories;)) Love these little things! Sad but true — I made a friendship bracelet for my lil’ girl’s faux American Girl doll.….. and then made one for her cousin’s doll! Hey, it was quicker than sewing up a skirt or dress! Thanks for sharing — I keep a can of this embroidery floss behind my sewing machine. It makes for a pretty display with all the pretty colors! Best, Katie

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 20. September 2012 at 20:11

      That’s so cute! Thanks for sharing the story! ;)
      And I can promise: it’s still fun to make the bracelets — even now, hehe.
      I hope you’re having a great week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Roanna
    Mittwoch, der 19. September 2012 at 09:29

    love it and have forgotten how to make them!

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    Gwen
    Donnerstag, der 20. September 2012 at 00:03

    I have deeply fond memories of making these, too… out of my mom’s stash of candle-wicking thread…

    she never did finish that candle-wicked bedspread…heheh.e.

    • Antworten
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 20. September 2012 at 20:13

      Haha! Those are good memories! ;)
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Gwen!
      I hope you’re having a fantastic week!
      Hugs to you!

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    melody
    Freitag, der 21. September 2012 at 01:46

    I have made friendship bracelets but only the kind that are braided?! I love the tutorial. THANKS!

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    Gayle Page-Robak
    Freitag, der 21. September 2012 at 02:24

    Loved seeing your friendship bracelet and the tutorial. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories and your beautiful creation. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Gayle.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sonntag, der 23. September 2012 at 20:40

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Gayle! ;) I’m off to check out your blog right now.
      Have a wonderful remaining weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    misselayneous
    Freitag, der 21. September 2012 at 09:21

    Hi Vanessa! Making these cute friendship bracelets brings back childhood memories. They’re really part of a girl’s life. I also made these bracelets inspired by The Purl bee.. I’d be glad if you checked it too. http://misselayneousthings.blogspot.com/2012/09/diy-friendship-bracelet.html
    Good Day!!

    • Antworten
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sonntag, der 23. September 2012 at 20:41

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving some comment love! ;)
      I’m off to check out your blog right now.
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional
    Freitag, der 21. September 2012 at 22:28

    I love friendship bracelets! I remember spending hours making them on the bus trips to summer camp, how fun. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Samstag, der 22. September 2012 at 17:28

    I love your friendship bracelets. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/natural-coconut-bubble-bath-and.html
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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    Nicole
    Sonntag, der 23. September 2012 at 00:09

    Your friendship bracelet looks awesome! My bracelets never looked that good- not one of my skills. Maybe I’ll have to give it another try with your tutorial. I would love to be able to teach my daughter how to make one when she gets older. Have a wonderful week :)

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    Leti
    Montag, der 24. September 2012 at 06:08

    I never made these, as a teen I wasn’t as patient as I am now. I think I will try to make them so I can teach my girls when they are older, I was trying to make the paracord bracelets for them lol these are so much cuter and girly :)

    • Antworten
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Dienstag, der 25. September 2012 at 17:28

      Let me know how they turn out for you, Leti! :)
      It’ll be a fun craft to do with the little ones, once they’re a little older.
      Hugs to you!

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    blissfulsewing
    Dienstag, der 25. September 2012 at 06:53

    I love to see craft ideas from other bloggers, always so inspiring!
    http://www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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    Jody
    Mittwoch, der 26. September 2012 at 07:13

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I remember making these friendship bracelets, lots of fun. Thanks for the diy on them.

    Jody

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    Ana Lopes
    Mittwoch, der 26. September 2012 at 15:09

    Hi Vanessa,
    Great feature! Great work and a beautiful friendship bracelet! Thanks for sharing it!
    Have a lovely week!

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    Cathy@My1929Charmer
    Freitag, der 28. September 2012 at 02:58

    Very pretty, and I sure would love it if a friend made me one! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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    Britni
    Freitag, der 28. September 2012 at 09:12

    Those are beautiful bracelets, Vanessa! I remember having those growing up, but none looked that pretty. I don’t know if my sausage fingers could pull that off! I’ll be waiting for mine in the mail, my friend ;) Lovely tutorial!

    • Antworten
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Freitag, der 28. September 2012 at 23:39

      Thank you so much, Britni!
      I wouldn’t mind doing a craft trade and sending one of the friendship bracelets over! Just let me know. ;)
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Kathie
    Dienstag, der 2. Oktober 2012 at 03:30

    I remember making these too! My daughter has a book with all kinds of different types, I should get it out and try some! Thanks for sharing these this week at Gettin’ Krafty With It!

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    anne lei
    Dienstag, der 5. Februar 2013 at 05:42

    i will try this one as a hobby since i do not have anything to do every weekend

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