I’ve been all about trying to find new ways to make an old classic… the friendship bracelet. Because, to be honest, I feel like an idiot walking around in my thirties with a tied on friendship bracelet. So in an effort to dress it up a bit and make it slightly more age appropriate I added chain. And because I’m into chunky stuff right now I did that, too!
And guess what! If you want to a bracelet like this one, you can buy my kit inspired by this lovely bracelet over at Darby Smart. It’s reasonably priced and has FREE shipping. Can’t beat that with a stick, can ya?
Make three equally sized groups of floss mixed with the three colors. It may be easier to tape of each of the three separately before taping down to your work surface to steady it.
Tightly braid the floss to make the base for your bracelet.
Braid more length than you think you’ll need, just to be safe! Tape off the ends to secure while we continue working on the bracelet.
Thread a needle with your favorite color of the three flosses and tie a knot on the underside.
Stitch the chain onto the braid by making several passes in between the connecting pieces. Pull the chain taut as you work to keep consistent spacing. 2-3 stitches in between each should be good!
Test the length as you go and when you’re happy with it (the tasseled ends will NOT count in the length of the bracelet, just the chain area).
Apply a dot of glue under the first and last stone to keep in place and glue to the end just above where your chain ends.
While the glue is still wet, wrap floss around to hold tight and neatly finish. Allow to dry and trim the excess floss as closely as possible. Unbraid both ends and trim the ends to match in length and form the tassels.
On one end thread a jump ring through the underside of the bracelet and glue into place (turn the opening for the ring into the threads first for best results).
Into the opposing end stitch a lobster clasp. Secure with a dot of glue if you choose.
And there she is!
I’m really, really digging this bracelet and it’s become one of my go to faves!
And the colors seem to work with a whole ton of outfits which is nice, too! Now let’s check out my kit at Darby Smart, shall we?
There are small differences but I just know you’ll love making and wearing this version! Plus you can’t beat the price or free shipping! So go on over and get it now! (please and thanks!)
And wear your adult version of the friendship bracelet with pride!