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Macrame friendship bracelet

by: Chica

Macrame friendship bracelet
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Remember a while ago when I shared with you my failed macrame project? I vowed to do better the next time, and use better materials that than crazy rope I used before. I finally came through and I have a macrame project and a couple of videos to show you.

Since macrame is a pretty “old school” craft and something I used to do as a kid, I figured I should pick a project that I remembered from my childhood, too. I decided to make a macrame friendship bracelet. A bracelet is great for kids to learn macrame with, because it’s a small project and they get something out of it that they really like. Gosh, I remember making SO many of these in my pre-teen years!

Before I get to the bracelet, though, let me show you the basic macrame technique. You can get really fancy with lots of macrame knots as you get better at it, but let’s keep it simple for today and just focus on a simple square knot. You can do a lot with this basic knot! Here’s a video showing you how.

If you can’t see the video above, you can view it directly here.

Okay, if you’re comfortable with the square knot shown in the video above, let’s move on to the bracelet. You’ll need to start with some long pieces of string or cord. My favorite thing to use for these is embroidery floss because it’s inexpensive, easy to find, comes in a zillion colors, and looks gorgeous when used for macrame. I used 8 cords for this example, which creates a nice-sized bracelet. You can use more cords if you want to get a wider bracelet. Just make sure you use at least 4 and use an even number of cords.

Pick out a few colors for your cords, depending on what you like, and cut your pieces. For a 8-cord bracelet, cut 4 really long pieces (about 4-6 feet long each, depending on your wrist size), then fold them in half to make 8 cords.

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At the folded end, tie a knot, leaving a loop about 1/2″ to 1″ in size.

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Tape the loop to your table to keep it still while you work. Then spread out the cords, lining up your colors the way you want them.

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Now you are ready to macrame! I’ve shown you the basic knot already in the first video above, and here’s a second video that shows you how to apply that knot to this particular project.

If you can’t see the video above, you can view it directly here.

Just keep making those square knots like shown in the video above, and eventually you’ll get a bracelet that’s long enough to go around your wrist. I just love how the different colors intermingle and create pretty patterns in the knots.

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To finish the bracelet, you can use any sort of knotting technique you like, but here’s what I like to do. Start by putting the cord ends through the loop, and then tie them in a knot.

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Then keep tying knots until you think it’s super secure. I like putting a series of knots until the loop is totally covered. I think it looks pretty that way. Then just trim the ends and you have a finished bracelet!

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Once you get the hang of macrame, you can make one of these bracelets in about an hour or so. The possibilities are endless when you start mixing colors and patterns!

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I knew that once Little Jo saw this bracelet that she would want it. She was happy to show the camera how nice it looked on her wrist.

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10 comments so far:

  • 1
    Iisha 07/22/2010 at 5:49 pm

    Super cute. I’m going to have to try and attempt this. I think I saw the embroidery floss on sale somewhere :-/

  • 2
    Amanda 07/27/2010 at 11:13 am

    I love this, it’s so cute! I’m getting read to post a kid’s bracelet project before the weekend and will link over to this as well :)

  • 3
    Amanda 08/11/2010 at 8:29 am

    Ok linked to you, thanks for the great project :)

  • 4
    Chica 08/11/2010 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the link, Amanda! We loved your bracelet project, too.

  • 5
    Tiffany 08/15/2010 at 10:52 pm

    Hey! Was wondering if you could create a picture tutorial of the video parts? I do much better with still photos. Thanks!

  • 6
    Helen D 09/21/2012 at 8:21 am

    The “C” and “D” analogy was just what I needed. Thx!

  • 7
    Dee Sundly 01/30/2014 at 3:57 pm

    learned to tie a square knot – macramé from your video.
    do you have a video on how to tie a half hitch knot?

  • 8
    Chica 01/31/2014 at 7:20 am

    Glad you enjoyed our macrame video, Dee. Sorry, but we don’t have any videos on half hitch knots.

  • 9
    Madrid 03/19/2014 at 10:06 am

    Thank you very much I can´t understand anything about this way for macramé until now. I´m very happy!!!! :) Spain

  • 10
    Lynn 12/31/2014 at 1:14 pm

    great!! Thanks for sharing! Lynn

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