18 DIY Friendship Bracelets That Are Way Cooler Than The Ones You Made At Camp
These suckers will take you right back to summer camp.
If your wrists didn't look like this in 2002 you're either lying, or you really missed out
As a child of the 90s, I can confirm that friendship bracelets were all the rage. I had the Klutz book with the special little thread pouch, and my best friend and I literally started a business selling them during recess for either 25 or 50 cents each depending on how complicated the pattern was. So, it's safe to say I know a thing or two about these braided beauties—to include knowing that they're still cool.
With that in mind, here are 18 aspirational DIY friendship bracelet projects that will take you right back to summer camp. Looks like it's time to head out to the craft store, folks.
1. Start simple with a dainty heart bracelet
All you need is a little suede cord to make these easy, adjustable bracelets.
2. Go back to basics with these camp classics
Weave yourself a fishtail chevron with some pastel thread. Finish it off with a simple wooden bead.
3. Or try this variation on the fishtail pattern for a different effect
Two-tone colors make this bracelet pop! For an adult upgrade, add a metal clasp.
4. Get fancy with a macrame ring bracelet
Modernize your macrame knots with a few tasteful, metallic accents. You'll want to make one for everyone you know.
5. Go monochromatic with an intricate pattern
Stack these bracelets for a color block effect with an added pattern.
6. Go tribal
Clear your afternoon and get to work on one of these these super-cool patterns. The cheerful color combinations are guaranteed to perk up any summery ensemble.
7. Show your love with a heart pattern
9. Weave a wave
Just keep knotting for this lovely layered pattern.
10. Tie up a nautical knot
Channel your inner-Girl Scout and tie a chunky knot to achieve this nautical-inspired arm candy.
11. Or ditch the knots and go for a wrap
Your friendship can be just as accurately represented with a wrapped bracelet for those who don't have mad knotting skills. And the neon thread adds a bright twist to an otherwise basic design.
12. Bead up your bangles
Upgrade your basic bracelet with a dainty strand of beads.
13. Build a bright stack of bracelets
Try a chunky bracelet method to create a bold stack brimming with color and texture.
14. Wear your patriotism on your wrist
Show some love for your homeland with this patriotic pattern.
15. Make a super-simple beaded bracelet
Use tiny crimp beads to transform embroidery thread into a lovely little bracelet.
16. Bedazzle your bracelet
There are two surprises in store for this bracelet: first, it's covered in chic studs and second, it's actually made of tulle instead of thread. Go figure.
17. Make a wide statement
This colorful statement piece takes friendship bracelets straight to the next level.
18. Score some style points with stones
These pretty pastel stones give a simple bracelet a perfect beachy vibe.