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The Lure of the Friendship Bracelet
Teens and young girls having been making friendship bracelets for their best and really close friends for years. Years ago a friendship bracelet was a few pieces of colorful string that you wore tied on your wrist that was made for you by your friend. It was special because your friend made it just for you. The concept hasn't changed but the design has come a long way.
Nowadays there is a large range of designs for friendship bracelets from a simple braided style to one with curves and dips with many colors incorporated in it. Not only do you still make it for your friend but it is still one of the most inexpensive crafts you can make. Friendship bracelets are typically made from several different materials: embroidery floss, gimp, beads, hemp, leather and wire. The most popular material used to make a bracelet is embroidery floss.
Even the rich and famous are taking notice of friendship bracelets these days. They are still friendship bracelets but with a grown-up twist. These grown-up friendship bracelets are made of rhinestones and woven cotten bands. The designers of these grown-up friendship bracelets were inspired by the friendship bracelets of their own childhood days.
Of course, these adult bracelets come with a heftier price tag, starting at about $150, than the ones we wore when we were children. If you would like a look at some of the beautiful grown-up friendship bracelets visit friedaandnellie.com.
Free Pattern Websites
When you first begin making friendship bracelets for your friends you will need a few different patterns to try. After all you don't want to make the same bracelet for everyone. So I included a few website tha6 you just might want to visit to find the styles you would like to make. Enjoy!
This website has a wonderful selection of friendship bracelet patterns. They come is three different difficulty levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The patterns are appealing and look to be geared towards teens and preteens. There is a great variety of patterns to choose from. The directions were clear and easy to understand.
They have a great selection of patterns and the instructions are easy to follow and understand. The difficulty ranges from beginner to advanced.
This website is clearly geared towards teens. There is a delightful variety of types and patterns that teens will find appealing. The craft level ranges from beginner to advanced and the directions are clear and easy to follow.
This wesite has some wonderful videos on how to make a friendship bracelet. There are many videos to choose from. The directions are terrific. Some people need to see something made before they can make it. It is hard for some people to follow written directions. If you or your child is one of these people this website is for you.
Another good website with a terrific selection. The patterns offered are clear, easy to follow and quite colorful. The directions are easy to follow.
The name makes this website self explanatory. There are some beautiful patterns for embroidery floss bracelets.
I included this website because of the wonderfully clear step by step instructions for an Easy Braided Friendship Bracelet for beginners. This is a great bracelet for the younger girl to make.
Still Popular Today
Working the a middle school I was in close contact with students. I noticed that the girls were still making and wearing these bracelets. Actually the boys were wearing them too. I don't thin they are as popular now as they were then but the certainly are still around.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Susan Hazelton
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on April 27, 2013:
blackbutterflys, you are welcome. I'm glad you enjoy looking through them.
blackbutterflys on April 27, 2013:
these are really cool thanks for showing us how to make them
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on March 09, 2013:
Maha on March 06, 2013:
Great. Good effort.
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on June 13, 2012:
lisa, I don't know why it's not working for you. After I read your comment I checked out the web site and it came up as normal. Hope you can get on it next time you try.
lisa on June 13, 2012:
koolknot.com doesn't bring up a page for me anymore
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on December 17, 2011:
yoshie, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting.
yoshie on December 15, 2011:
thank you i love it!it help me learn some thing new.
lpkp on November 06, 2011:
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2010:
jaszmine, koolknot.com is a terrific website that has a level for everyone. It is a good place to start.
jaszmine on November 22, 2010:
i personally like knotcool.com due it having bracelets specifically designed for beginning, intermediate,and advanced, as well as numbers and letters. that's whi i recommed knotcool.com as the website to visit
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 31, 2010:
Steve, they're a lot of fun. The kids love them. Thanks for dropping by.
SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on August 30, 2010:
Always looking for fun activities to do with my grand daughter. These look really neat.
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2010:
Bess, under the heading free pattern website is a listing of the website that contain many, many adorable free patterns for friendship bracreltes. These websites were chosen because of their large variety of style and clear, concise patterns. I am sure you will find a friendship bracelet pattern that you will want to make on one of them. Thanks for visiting.
Bess888 on August 18, 2010:
Where are the patterns all i see is string and where to buy stuff?
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 12, 2010:
Thanks, legendindia. I found most of these sites when I was looking for patterns for the girls in my class to use. I think there is a great selection. Thanks for you comments.
legendindia on August 11, 2010:
This is a nice and great hub.I like friendship bracelet. At modern time teen and young girls like making and tie friendship bracelets to each other. you have a great pattern for bracelets.
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 09, 2010:
Thanks froggyfish, I will be making them with the students again this year. They love making them and it's good for their fine motor coordination.
frogyfish from Central United States of America on August 08, 2010:
Wow! Memories...my girls used to make them...now I have a granddaughter who just might be interested...will bookmark your page to show her. Thank you!
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 05, 2010:
bd, I can remember have a great time with my friends making these. They seem to have a better selection of patterns these day. Thanks for stopping by.
bd160900 from San Diego on August 05, 2010:
I remember when making these bracelets were the "in" thing to do. Brings back memories. Thanks for the hub!
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 04, 2010:
Thanks PassinitAlong. I started looking up directions because my students were interested in making some. It seemed like a good idea to use the information for a hub. By the way, the kids (teenagers) had a ball.
PassinItAlong on August 04, 2010:
This is such a fun hub, thank you for all the little tips and sites; i may get back into making these.
Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 03, 2010:
Statikpulse, thank you for the tip. I looked at the site and you are right it is a good site. Thanks for stopping in.
Statikpulse from Saskatoon, SK on August 02, 2010:
another great site is friendship-bracelets.net