Today I am going to show you how to make DIY friendship bracelets without needing a special loom or equipment. It is easy to make a square friendship bracelet loom using this easy friendship bracelet loom pattern.
Making Friendship string Bracelets
This DIY bracelet loom is awesome! I remember friendship bracelets from my childhood. It was so fun to make one, wear it and then give it away. Sometimes my best friend and I would spend the afternoon making friendship bracelets together.
The first bracelet out of string I made was at summer camp with my new best friends. My whole cabin of girls sat with cardboard looms on our laps and strings with loose ends of multiple color combinations in our fingers. Left side. Right side. Upside. Downside. Repeat steps!
These easy friendship bracelets are simple to make with this homemade bracelet loom.
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How to Make a Square Friendship Bracelet Loom
Several years ago I discovered these nifty bracelet looms but like all good things, it got stretched out, one of the kids decided to use it as a teething toy and one by one we lost them – but the concept of the loom stuck with me and this past summer we made our own.
Supplies Needed to Make a String Bracelet
Step by Step Beginner Instructions for Making a Friendship Bracelet
Use these simple step by step instructions to weave string into a friendship bracelet that is completely unique to you. Let’s get weaving…
Step 1: Measure Proper String Length for Friendship Bracelet
The first step is to cut your lengths of thread with these simple measurements:
- Measure the wrist you are planning on using and make the strands that are the alternate colors (not dominate color – in my case the yellow and green strands) twice as long as the wrist.
- Then make the dominate color (in my case the blue) three times as long as the alternate colors.
You will have leftovers, but it is better to have too much thread than not enough.
Tie the threads around a crayon or pencil to help stabilize your bracelet as you weave it.
Step 2: Make Your Square Friendship Bracelet Loom
Grab your foam board or cardboard because our first step now that we have the right string length cut is to create a loom where the weaving can easily happen.
1. How to Cut Out Your Loom
Create your loom by cutting out a square of the board, and mimic the lines pictured in the first image. Carefully cut everywhere there is an orange line. You will want a hole in the middle and slits on the ends.
2. How to Thread Your Loom for the First Time
To thread your loom, you will want your super long dominate color threads to go on each side and the alternate colors to go on the top/bottom.
Play with the way it looks. We have alternated colors and done stripes (ex: two of one color down the middle and the outer threads being a different color).
Step 3: Weave Your Friendship Bracelet
1. Cross your side threads over each other by swapping them from one side to the other.
2. Start with a thread on the top right of the card and move that thread to an opening on the bottom right side of the card. In the picture I am moving the green thread down to the opening in the yellow “side”.
3. Move the thread at the bottom, (the one to the left of the thread), to the top. In the picture I am moving the yellow thread from the bottom up to the spot that the green thread vacated.
4. When you are finished with a “round” the colors should be on opposite sides of the loom. Go back to step 1 and switch the side threads.
5. Start with the last thread you switched. So if you started before on the upper right and ended on the lower left, you will want to start on the lower left for the next round.
Continue weaving with your loom till you reached the desired length.
Tips for Making Friendship Bracelets
- With younger kids, have the square loom already created and work with them step by step through the sequencing of the friendship bracelet pattern.
- Tie off the end of the thread bracelet securely end to end to keep the friendship bracelet in place on your wrist.
- This is an easy craft…once the child has learned the steps. Be prepared for a little frustration until the pattern is mastered.
- This is a great way to work on fine motor skills and the best part is you end up with a really lovely colorful bracelet.
Viola! You have a friendship bracelet!
- Foam board or really stiff cardboard (recycle a packing box)
- Embroidery thread
- Pencil or crayon
Friendship Bracelet Loom Instructions
- Make Your cardboard square bracelet loom by cutting a piece of cardboard into a square with a smaller cut-out square in the middle. See the square cardboard loom template image above.
- Cut slits into your square bracelet loom by following the orange lines on the bracelet loom template.
- Thread your square bracelet loom – the dominate color threads need to be very long and go on either side. Then alternate the secondary colors on the top and bottom.
How to Weave a Friendship Bracelet using Homemade Square Loom
1. Cross side threads over each other by swapping them from one side to the other.
2. Start with a thread on the top right of the square loom and move that thread to an opening on the bottom right side of the card.
3. Move thread at the bottom to the top.
4. When you are finished with a round, the colors should be on opposite sides of the loom. Go back to step 1 and switch side threads.
5. Start with the last thread you switched and continue weaving with square loom until you have your desired length friendship bracelet completed.
Take a quick picture of the way you set up your square loom with the primary and secondary colors and then snap another one of the finished friendship bracelet. It will help you figure out how each of your bracelet loom patterns will turn out as you make more string bracelets.
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How many bracelets can your kids make in an afternoon? What is their favorite friendship bracelet pattern?