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25+ Different Ways to Make Bracelets With String

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Cool DIY Bracelet Ideas

Friendship bracelets are back and bigger than ever, and here are a whole stack of cool bracelets that you can make with string, thread, cord, or rope. You don't need to drop hundreds of dollars on the latest bracelets to get that trendy layered look -- you just need some string, some time, and a few great bracelet ideas to make your own homemade wrist wear. This page has more than 25 different ways to make bracelets with string, and most of them take less than an hour to whip up.

You can get a new look for the season any time you want!

Video: 5 Easy DIY Bracelet Projects

Easy-to-Make Friendship Bracelets

Embroidery thread friendship bracelets are a classic type of DIY jewelry made from string using various braiding and knotting techniques. Plus, embroidery floss is super cheap and comes in every color you could possibly want.

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Bracelets Made with Embroidery Thread

  • Chevron Friendship Bracelet
    A step-by-step tutorial on how to make a friendship bracelet with the classic chevron pattern. This site also has some other fun DIY ideas.
  • Kumihimo Friendship Bracelet
    Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid making with designs that can be quite striking. This is a helpful tutorial (with videos) on how to braid a friendship bracelet out of string using a special disc.
  • Finger-Knitted Friendship Bracelet
    An extremely detailed tutorial on how to make gorgeous braided bracelets using your fingers to weave them.
  • Neon Wrap Bracelet
    This is a very cute bracelet made with colored embroidery thread wrapped around rope. People will be asking where you got your bracelet from!
  • Knotted Friendship Bracelet
    This lots of knots friendship bracelet will have you wearing awesome DIY-jewelry in no time. The photos for this article are beautiful too.

DIY String Bracelets with Beads

Kick your string bracelets up a notch by adding beads, charms, and other decorations. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Braided Bead Bracelet
    Tutorial for a braided bead bracelet that is classy, simple, and beautiful.
  • Beaded Wrap Bracelet
    Make an embellished wrap bracelet with string and beads - looks great as a necklace or an anklet too!
  • Braided Hex Nut Bracelet
    Another cool bracelet idea from HonestlyWTF. This one uses regular string and cheap hardware to make a bracelet that looks both simple and expensive.
  • Macramé String & Hexnut Bracelet
    Another great hex nut bracelet that's cheap as hex and twice as cute. Perfect for people who aren't really girly-girls.
  • Crochet Beaded Hemp Bracelet
    A different way to make a hemp bracelet with a sparkle of beads. This bracelet uses the chain stitch, which is very simple but it looks great!
  • Beaded Bracelet
    Gorgeous photo tutorial on how to make a "grown-up friendship bracelet" using crochet and beads, imitating looks from bracelets that cost up to $200. Why buy when you can make them yourself?!
  • Fun Fringe Bracelet
    "This bracelet mixes leather, linen and beads into a sweet summery design. Make a longer, necklace-length project by increasing the length of your cording and the number of beads you use."
  • Ball Chain Bracelets
    Wind embroidery floss around an inexpensive ball chain for a cute but edgy style. Make one in every color of the rainbow!

Macramé Bracelets: Knotted Bracelets to Make with String, Hemp, and More

Macramé isn't just for ugly plant hangers anymore — it's a great way to make cool bracelets out of hemp and other types of string or cord. It also works with paracord — read on for more easy bracelet ideas.

  • Hemp Jewelry Making
    This is a resource for making all kinds of hemp jewelry, with clear pictures and diagrams for the basic macrame knots, including square and spiral knotting.
  • Spiral Hardware Bracelet
    Make a string bracelet with a cool architectural look—it's a simple spiral that always inspires!
  • Paracord Bracelet
    Go big with macrame bracelets made from parachute cord. You can also make these cords to attach key chains to or use around the house for other things.
  • Beaded Macrame Bracelet
    Combine beads with square knots to make a trendy bracelet out of string, with two rows of parallel beads. Very cute! Also makes a great anklet.
  • DIY Macrame Bracelet
    An adjustable knotted string bracelet with a focal ring or charm. The addition of the focal ring changes this bracelet from childhood craft to modern jewelry.
  • DIY Ombre Knotted Bracelet
    Big, bold, and not as hard as it looks, this tri-colored accessory will get attention. It's easy to create the ombre effect, and it has very nice results.
  • Ombre Triple Bracelet
    What's better than one handmade bracelet? Three bracelets in one! You'll need some findings for this one.
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DIY Rope Bracelets: Like String, but Bigger!

Guys and girls alike are sporting paracord rope bracelets these days, from simple loops to intricate weaves. The bright colors and sturdy nature of utility rope makes it a great choice, especiallly for summer.

  • Utility Rope Bracelet
    Tutorial on how to make trendy bracelets from nylon utility cord — sporty but cute!
  • Neon Rope Bracelet
    An idea for a utility rope bracelet. It's double wrapped so you can easily dress it up or dress it down.
  • Sailor's Bracelet
    You can weave this braided rope bracelet right onto your wrist! Fun!
  • Heart Knot Friendship Bracelet
    A simple design for leather lacing that would also look good in other heavy cords. It's quick and makes a delightful heart shape!

String Bracelets For All!

More String Bracelet Ideas

  • Twine Bead Bracelet
    Quirky and easy-to-make bracelet using string and a large wooden bead. It's a simple look that makes a big statement.
  • Woven Cord Bracelet
    Make an easily woven bracelet with fabric and string - good for kids and adults.
  • Criss Cross Bracelet
    Cool unisex bracelet made using leather cord and yarn. It's called "hidden kisses," and you have to make it to find out why.
  • Butterfly Stitch Bracelet
    Use ribbon or plastic string to weave this braided friendship bracelet. Because Scooby is not just a cartoon detective dog.
  • Jump Ring Bracelet
    A unique bracelet to make with string and jump rings -- no tools required. Easy to make while traveling!
  • Satin Cord Bracelets
    Make this designer lookalike bracelet with satin rattail cord and a handful of hardware.
  • Everyday Wrapped Bracelet
    A quick and easy DIY bracelet made from leather, cord, and decorative chain. It's classy and quick.
  • Spool Knit Necklace & Bracelet
    Learn how to spool knit and make a super trendy knitted necklace -- with a matching DIY bracelet! Very beautiful.
  • Woven Shoelace Bracelet
    Similar to the "butterfly stitch", but done on a shoestring (literally). The tutorial is in Chinese but has great, clear photos of each step.
  • Cavandoli Zig-Zag Bracelet
    A somewhat more complicated macrame design. The tutorial is in Italian, but there's a video and PDF instructions to download if you want to try your hand at this lacy look.

Even More Bracelet Ideas

By now you've probably caught the DIY bracelet fever. Check out these sites for even more ideas!

  • Friendship Bracelet Tutorials
    A treasury of tutorials and patterns for friendship bracelets. You could spend months with just the tutorials on this site.
  • Bracelet How To
    Lots of ideas for bracelets with string, ribbon, beads and more. Beautiful photos too!
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Grace Newton on June 01, 2015:

I thought all of your ideas were amazing! You did a great job with the friendship bracket! I think you are awesome!

taylor on March 14, 2015:

It is cool I love the design you make with I wow

acreativethinker on August 12, 2014:

Thanks for these wonderful ideas! I'll have to try some of them. Take care and have a great day. :)

rhysrock897 on June 10, 2014:

good list! will try some :)

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on March 17, 2014:

I have a lot of string I need to use, great ideas too :) Ty!

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on February 24, 2014:

Great ideas. I can't wait to make a few of these.

anonymous on January 17, 2014:

This is cool and looks easy to do, can't wait to try.

chrisilouwho on December 18, 2013:

This is great, I had no idea there were so many different designs, thanks!

LluviaDeArte on October 22, 2013:

Bracelet oBssesed....thx for this.

CammieC on October 18, 2013:

I want to try them all!! Love the lens!

anonymous on September 12, 2013:

never how to make freindship braclette

anonymous on September 12, 2013:

never how to make freindship braclette

damoiselle (author) on September 01, 2013:

@jura: ....Sorry you feel that way?

jura on August 26, 2013:

That bracelets are not easy to make I did try ones

RANADEEP on August 17, 2013:

I will surely try one of those nice bracelet,anyway thanks for sharing a great idea!!keep it up!!

JHarbourn on August 08, 2013:

So crafty! I've been really interested in making jewelry this summer, so finding this lens was perfect timing :)

anonymous on August 05, 2013:

I just tried the fishtail bracelet and I looks so cool thanks!!!

laurenrich on July 30, 2013:

This is great information. I have added the lens to my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on July 25, 2013:

How to make it with thread

anonymous on July 16, 2013:


SunshineDagron on July 16, 2013:

I love making these kind of bracelets! They're fantastic and super fun to make a bunch as gifts if you're in a hurry. Thanks for all the links; especially to the paracord bracelets. I've not tried that kind yet. :)

anonymous on July 01, 2013:

thanx i wanted to learn more and i did

anonymous on July 01, 2013:

thanx i wanted to learn more and i did

ShelbyLinMarie on June 25, 2013:

Thank you for the new ideas. My muse was getting a little bored with the usual stuff. Great lens!

GameHelp on June 20, 2013:

Awesome tutorial, I should try this some time!

Thanks for the lens.

nicolekato on June 12, 2013:

I used to make friendship bracelets when I was younger. This has inspired me to do it again!!

Julia Morais on June 03, 2013:

I'm not really into bracelets, but if someone gave me one, I'd definitely wear it.

anonymous on May 25, 2013:

@anonymous: i know right and i did the fishtail braid one and it was awesome

sherry9459 on May 25, 2013:

it is a very nice tutorial . thanks for the post

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 22, 2013:

I like to make jewelry and bracelets would be a wonderful idea for when my granddaughter come for a stay this summer. I'm sure they will enjoy this project.

Linda Pogue from Missouri on May 19, 2013:

I haven't tried, yet, but I have been looking at patterns to see which I want to make first. Good information!

SouthernStars on May 07, 2013:

I've been looking for new and creative ways to make bracelets because I usually just do the kumihimo one, but I really like the Chevron and nautical ones as well. Great lens!

anonymous on May 07, 2013:

perfect site to learn bracelets

anonymous on April 26, 2013:

@anonymous: yes, if you put clear nailpolish over the knot it stays 4 ever

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

it doesn't ave what im looking for. this is so annoying! im making a bracelet and i have no idea hats its called!

belinhafernandes on April 11, 2013:

With summer coming it's something to think about!

anonymous on March 21, 2013:

I'm looking for instructions to make a macramé string bracelet using flat jade pi discs with one hole in the center.

GeekGirl1 on March 14, 2013:

i love it, your bracelets are very attractive.

DecoratingMom411 on March 13, 2013:

I would love to try making a friendship bracelet! And also I want to grab a Glitzy Bracelet Magnet. Really nice. :) Great work!

hntrssthmpsn on March 03, 2013:

Friendship bracelets were HUGE when I was a kid. I remember spending hours making them, and love some of the more sophisticated versions you include here.

anonymous on February 27, 2013:

Perfect lens, how beautiful these bracelets are

anonymous on February 27, 2013:

Perfect lens, how beautiful these bracelets are

anonymous on February 05, 2013:

Hello I have a cotton bracelet on my wrist, and it has stayed for almost 2 years now. Through water, including ocean water, and all sorts of situations. But I will be devastated if it falls off without me knowing. Does anyone know a coating I can apply to it to make it last? Thank you so much.

anonymous on February 03, 2013:


kingston123 lm on January 26, 2013:

nice ideas to make bracelets.I really like these different ways and will try to make my own.

anonymous on January 23, 2013:

This is such a great resource! One of the best on the internet. Planning to make bracelets & raise money for Relay for Life and this definitely helped out! Thank you.

accfuller on January 06, 2013:

Great projects for the older kids ... :)

BAMditty on January 05, 2013:

Awesome! I love this lens. Will definitely refer back to this next time I feel like making bracelets :D

anonymous on December 22, 2012:

I still don't know how to make the bracelet for my friend

thecrabbynook on December 19, 2012:

Great lens...I will share with my granddaughters!

cjbmeb14 lm on December 10, 2012:

Looking to buy bracelet making gear for my daughter thanks.

Markwell1 on December 10, 2012:

Great work! I made a specific topic about paracord bracelets:

Check it out!

Dreyau on December 09, 2012:

very informational thread! i can do this with my daughter...

Scraps2treasures on December 06, 2012:

Fun lens! I used to make friendship bracelets all the time when I was little and give them to my friends.

anonymous on December 02, 2012:

I made bracelets all summer!

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

@KandH: can u tell me how to make them?

Lora Riley on November 22, 2012:

cute bracelets.

RetroMom on November 13, 2012:

This lens is so impressive. You've got lots of very interesting ideas! Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on November 10, 2012:

no i have never tried to do one using tutorials and i have never planed one to try to im going to try with this one

Essentially Ind on November 08, 2012:

cool tips for making bracelets...........:)

KandH on November 08, 2012:

I used to make them with embroidery thread all the time as a kid and taught my girls to make them - we also use scooby strings a lot now as well. Most kids attach them to their bags and purses these days too... I even have one my key ring. Nice lens - Blessed!

whats4dinner on November 03, 2012:

i have a bracelet or two to my closest friends :D thanks for the great ideas!

anonymous on October 30, 2012:

Brilliant bracelet ideas. Thanks.

anonymous on October 26, 2012:

I make brackets that are easy to make but I need more ideas....!

IncomeFromHomeT on October 20, 2012:

I used to make braided bracelets and chokers years ago, back in hippie days. I got so I could fingerweave up to a few dozen strands. Lots of fun! And a great way to pass time during boring lectures in college . . .

anonymous on October 12, 2012:

i love it it makes me smile and i have a bad cut on my hand i wish i could show it to all of yous thanks.

anonymous on October 11, 2012:

Use these tutorials. Happy Bracelets making to you too.

duzyatko on October 10, 2012:

all the bracelets are awesome!

anonymous on October 06, 2012:

@anonymous: i know right!!!!!!!!

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

I need pictures!

MintySea on September 25, 2012:

Those are very pretty

anonymous on September 22, 2012:

those are really awesome

anonymous on September 17, 2012:

this is nice

anonymous on September 13, 2012:

What great ideas.

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

thanks so much for the ideas i have just started making jewellery back in june and its now september and i have a high demand for bracelets and wanted different ideas to those out there i now have loads of ideas ready to start making x

Spiderlily321 on September 01, 2012:

Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing this. I love making jewelry

anonymous on August 28, 2012:

Being a crocheter you've given me plenty of nee ideas to play with. A Big thank you

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on August 27, 2012:

This looks like a lot of fun. Good craft to get kids interested in and not always on the computers.

dressygirlkouture on August 25, 2012:

very cool!

pimbels lm on August 25, 2012:

Great tutorials for my teenage daughter as she loves wearing these bracelets. Great lens, thank you.

anonymous on August 17, 2012:

Great lens!

fathomblueEG on August 16, 2012:

Yes I want to make them all! This is a wonderful art form to make. Thank you for sharing:-)

nasirislam2010b13 on August 15, 2012:

hi,nice lens!have you also visited my lenses and liked them?do it they are good for your information.

Mickie Gee on August 14, 2012:

My grandchildren love making string bracelets. I must share this page with their mom! I taught my oldest grand-daughter to knit using her fingers and we made a bracelet. The blog, Skip to my Lou had a post in the summer about making string bracelets that my grands also enjoyed.

efcruzarts on August 11, 2012:

great lens for fantasy stuff arts

anonymous on August 11, 2012:

thx i had a cute bracelet in ln less than hour

KholaAmin on August 08, 2012:

Awesome ideas, i like to make some of these.

DecoratingMom411 on August 05, 2012:

These would be awesome to make.

damoiselle (author) on August 03, 2012:

@anonymous: Haily, you just need to click on the link for the tutorial you want.

CanvasArtPrint LM on July 30, 2012:

Really great ideas, I want to make some of these!

anonymous on July 30, 2012:

that did not tell me how to make one now did it !

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

this site does rock ginger ROCK ON!!!!!!!

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

rock on get crafty cow

Deadicated LM on July 27, 2012:

I met someone who sold these types of bracelets and did hair wraps, and worked her way around Europe selling them. Cool Lens.

anonymous on July 27, 2012:

i love to make bracelets also and you have written write these are very good and beautiful designs...!!!!

anonymous on July 27, 2012:

@Alleyjames: yes, you are write these are very good and nice braceletes designs......!!!!

Canvas-Art-Shop on July 25, 2012:

I'm going to try today!

Magda2012 on July 24, 2012:

Oh I will try to make it! :)

Ashly Rain on July 23, 2012:

Great idea!

Ashly Rain on July 23, 2012:

Great idea!

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