Friendship Bracelet Watch

May 24, 2013Allison Murray

This Friendship Bracelet Watch goes after the braiding trend with gusto and style!
Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

A few weeks back I made some horribly embarrassing videos to show you how to make chevron friendship bracelets. The reason why was because I had a handful of chevron friendship projects to show you. But I dropped the ball and they got lost in the shuffle. So today I’m finally sharing with you the second chevron project…a totally awesome friendship bracelet watch (the first was DIY chevron flip flop straps).

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIYFriendship Bracelet Watch DIY

For this project you will need:

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

To get started you’ll need your watch face and your floss. I’m using craft floss in orange, white and a minty blue type of color. Cut strips that are about 48 inches long. For this watch face you’ll need 10 of these long strands for each side (but only cut 10 right now, leave the others until you’re ready to start on the other side).

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

We’re going to lash each piece of floss onto the bar to begin making our strap. Put the ends of one long piece of floss together and grab the end. Push it through the bar and then pull the ends through the loop you made just like in the pics above.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

Pull tight to latch on.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

Continue this for all of your cuts of floss. Be sure to maintain the colors as you want them in your pattern. I wanted thick stripes of orange and mint and thinner strips of white. As a result my order went: orange, orange, white, mint, mint, mint, mint, white, orange, orange.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

And now you just start your friendship braiding. Because we latched onto the post we’re not going to have that weird bunched up thing that happens on most friendship bracelets that begin with a knot. Pretty cool, huh?

You have the option of braiding the ends like any other friendship bracelet and then tying closed when you wear it. This isn’t the prettiest option but it will work really well. But if you want to use closures, keep on reading.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

When you get the length you want take a decent amount of glue and run a line where you’ll need to cut. Rub the glue into the threads on both the front and back sides. This will keep the braid firmly together for our next step. I used Aleene’s quick dry tacky glue because I’m  horribly impatient.

One thing to note is that friendship braids have a decent amount of give in them. I didn’t consider this and after a few wears I’ve had to shorten my straps. You may want to go ahead and make the watch a weensy bit tight. It may be uncomfortable that first wear but it will be perfect a few hours in.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

Use sharp scissors to cut through your strap in the area you applied the glue. See how well it sticks together? Go ahead and run a bit on the very end to help prevent fraying.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

Place your clamp onto the end of the straps and use pliers to clamp tightly on.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

Finish the ends with a jump ring on one anda jump ring and closure on the other.

Friendship Bracelet Watch DIY

And there you have it! It’s a pretty fun watch to wear and brings in the whole friendship bracelet trend in a new way. What do you think? Will you be making one up? Sounds like a great weekend project to me! Happy Friday. Hoping your weekend plans are stellar!

Comments (24)

  • Cheryl Hill

    May 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I love it!!!!! It actually looks like beads!!!!

  • Allison Murray

    May 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Thanks, Cheryl :)

  • Patatipatatarte

    May 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I find that your ideas of do-it-yourself are really Great! Félicitation !!!
    I do not very well speak English because my language is French,
    See you soon on my blog or on your blog


  • Sarah

    June 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    That's so cool!

  • Allison Murray

    June 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Thanks, Sarah!

  • Genny (from penny DIY)

    June 15, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    This came at about the most convenient time ever! My cheap watchband just broke and I couldn't find a new band in the same color (the color is like an aqua color leaning towards turquoise). So this idea is great! I haven't made a friendship bracelet in a while but I'm sure it will come back to me. You are so smart and clever!

    1. Laura

      June 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Genny-I agree! I too have an aqua watch face, and I had made it using two strands of aqua mother of pearl beads with a magnetic closure. It needs a battery now-so I think I will take the beads off and try this! I’ve never done a friendship bracelet, but it looks like fun! What colors are you going to use?

  • SylviaC

    June 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Thank you for this tutorial. I have a watch that was a special award so it is special to me. The strap broke and I have tried several replacements that have been too small – I have big wrist bones – or fabric ones that don't last. This is perfect – I can make it to fit and can replace any time. The lobster claw fastener makes it easy to put on and take off.
    Great project, I love it!!

  • S H

    June 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    This is so clever! I had made watch bands with ribbon but this is far more beautiful! Thank you! I may try to get my DGC to make them : )

  • Allison Murray

    June 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Thanks, Genny. On a bit of a friendship bracelet kick right now :)

  • Allison Murray

    June 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I am so glad, Sylvia! I have really narrow feet. Anything that makes us different can make finding common things like shoes or watch straps a nightmare. So glad i could help!!

  • Allison Murray

    June 17, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I am glad you like it S H.

  • emma

    June 17, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    this is s cool I love the idea you are truly talented Alison

  • Allison Murray

    June 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Thanks, Emma!

  • Heidi @ Mom’s Crafty Space

    June 20, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    This is awesome (and my favorite color combo of the moment too!)! I loved friendship bracelets when I was a kid, but I always got them from my friends and rarely ever made my own. I might need to revisit the idea now that you've given me a fun grown-up version!

  • Allison Murray

    June 21, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    That's great, Heidi! I am really keen on this color scheme right now, too. I held onto the watch face until I found the perfect mint color :)

  • Jane

    July 8, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I am new to this craft. Could someone please tell me what the name of this knot is and where I might find out how to make the pattern once the cords are in place. The tutorial just says "to begin friendship braiding" I'm not sure how to do this or what it is called

  • Allison Murray

    July 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

  • Cindy deRosier

    August 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your watch! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

    1. Allison

      August 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Thanks so much, Cindy – how wonderful! I’ll be sure to link up more!

  • Michelle

    August 25, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Thank you for the idea. I have a flag watch that I’m always buying new bands for. This is going to make the perfect band for my watch. Been trying to find a patriotic band for years but nothing fit on the posts.

    1. Allison

      August 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Finding a band you like in the right size can be impossible. Very glad you can make your own!

  • Abby

    December 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Love this I have all the stuff for it! :)

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