Thousands of Threads Form Vibrant Rainbows by Gabriel Dawe


Craft #6: Friendship bracelets

I realized just a couple days ago that FOUR of my girlfriends’ birthdays are coming up, and I had no clue what I should get them on such short notice. To make matters more difficult, we’re all in different places this summer, so sending something big via snail mail just isn’t very practical. But luckily I found a Teahab tutorial for making these beautiful braided bracelets and thought they would make for lovely gifts on a budget and time constraint. I tweaked the method a bit: instead of using cotton cord, I used cotton crochet thread, which is thinner, so I could use more of it to create a fuller braid.

  1. Cut six pieces of crochet thread (size 10), each about 30 cm in length. Do this for all three colors you want to use in your braid.
  2. Attach the six pieces together with glue and a box clasp at one end. Repeat for the other two colors.
  3. Take a piece of large link chain around 18 cm long and measure it against your wrist. Add or take off links with pliers until you are satisfied with the fit.
  4. Open the first link and thread on the three box clasps in any order.
  5. Start braiding, making sure that each color is threaded through the chain links in sequence.
  6. Stop braiding three links before the end of the chain and attach three more box clasps on the ends.
  7. Open up the last link of the chain, thread on the box clasps and a lobster clasp, and close the link with pliers.

The pink and white bracelet was something I came up with myself, but I used the same crochet thread with box clasps attached at the end. For the third line of the braid, instead of using another crochet piece, I glued 3 pieces of a thin chain to a box clasp. I hooked the three box clasps to a circular link, then braided the pink, white, and chain lines to the length I wanted. I finished by gluing box clasps to the ends before attaching the clasps to a second circular link and adding a lobster clasp.

I absolutely can’t wait for them to get to their respective owners! Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be happy to help!