May 14th, 2012

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DIY: Chain Friendship Bracelets

With the weather warming up, all I want to do is make summery bracelets – for myself and all of my friends.   For the past few weeks I’ve been playing with rope and chain in attempt to make the “perfect” friendship bracelet, and I think that these come close.  They are fun and easy to make, though it takes a bit of practice and patience at first.  Over the weekend, I made several – and the whole family was infatuated.  My mom + sisters got involved, and now we’re all rocking an arm party.  Give it a try.  Wear one, three, or a whole arm of them!  (If you ask me, they’d look particularly lovely layered with this or this.)

What you’ll need:

  • 6 pieces of embroidery floss, cut to 30″ each.
  • 2 pieces of chain (I used rose gold,) cut to 4.5″ each.  This chain is a good option!
  • Scissors
  • Large Needle (I used this one, designed for working with rugs!)

The first step is to knot the six pieces of floss together at the top.  From there, separate the floss into three groups of two strands, and braid for about 3 inches.

When you finish braiding, tie another knot.

Next, separate the floss into two bunches of three strands.  Thread one bunch through your needle, and set aside the other section of floss.

Begin by weaving the first link of both pieces of chain onto your floss.  Hold it tightly against the knot (this prevents gaps in the bracelet later,) and weave the floss back through the second link of chain (as demonstrated below.)

From there, keeping the floss held tightly, and keeping the chain links straight (this is very important,) begin weaving through the chain at a diagonal.

Keep the pattern consistent – over one link, and back under through the other. It’s important to keep the chain straight and not let it get tangled.

Continue weaving at a diagonal.  When you get to the end, leave the strand.  Don’t knot it, just set it aside.  Take the second bunch of floss that you’d set aside earlier, and thread it through the needle.  Thread it through your chain, and begin weaving at a diagonal – in the opposite direction that you wove with the first group of floss.

Continue to weave, making diagonal stitches across the stitches you made the first time around.

A nice little criss cross pattern will emerge.

Continue to the very end, weaving little criss crosses!

When you get to the very end, tie another knot.

Finish off your bracelet by braiding another two-three inches, and then tie another knot.  Make a rainbow of colors for all of your friends + family.  Once you’ve made the first one, you’ll be able to churn them out in under 15 minutes.  Voila… taste the rainbow!


81 Responses to DIY: Chain Friendship Bracelets

  1. PennyPincherFashion May 14, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    LOVE these – I want one in every color!!  I think this will be easy enough to do with my 8-yr-old daughter and she will love them too…thanks for the tutorial! :)

  2. Gaby May 14, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    So cool Grace, love them!

  3. Alyssa H May 14, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    so pretty!! i love them!

  4. Carly | a simple affair May 14, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Absolutely adore these.  You need an Etsy shop on the double.  These would sell out so fast. Glad your whole family got involved :)

  5. Liz {Sequins & Stripes} May 14, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    I agree with Carly, you definitely need to open an Etsy shop!

  6. Viviana Carmona May 14, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    These are so amazing! And I’m with Liz and Carly – Stripes and Sequins the shop!

  7. Sheri Ann @ Sprinkles & Style May 14, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I love all of your DIYs! And I agree with Liz, Carly, and Viviana on the Etsy shop!

  8. ALyson -- TAGG May 14, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    These are amazing, and yes, of course you need a shop. Definitely a goal I’d imagine. These are awesome and can’t go wrong when they’re layered with Cartier! 

  9. Becca Atwood May 14, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Love these- and the one you made for me!

  10. RealGirlGlam May 14, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Another fabulous DIY! Love all of the colors together!

  11. Ritafashiondays May 14, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    love love!! great DIY, as always*


  12. Lia May 14, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    These are FABULOUS!  I’ve made something similar recently too!  I love how you got the whole family doing them and made so many!  They look great, especially with the rose gold chain!

  13. Kristin & Megan May 14, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Those are so fun! Love them on both arms!

  14. secondagenda May 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Really nice! I’m definitely gonna try this too! 



  15. Erica May 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I love all the colors! Super fun!

  16. Erin @ Thanks I Made It May 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I LOVE these, Grace! The colors all together and photos are gorg too!

  17. Amy May 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Love them!  The rose gold chain is so on trend too.  Have a great day :)

  18. Amarillo Neón May 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Me encantan tus pulseras, cuanto colorido.

  19. Erica Sara May 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    SO fun & easy!!! I think I’ll be making a bunch of these this week. Thanks!

  20. Bettina May 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    These would be a fun one to do for a DIY party

  21. PurplesPrettier May 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    These are SO CUTE!  You seriously put my DIY to shame.  And agreed.. you should sell these.  For real.

  22. Frankieheartsfashion May 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    you have done it again!! These are so amazing…I agree with all the rest. You need to open a shop! xo

  23. Kwyver May 15, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    This is amazing, and so much simpler instructions than so many other tutorials I’ve seen!

  24. taradear May 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    i am so obsessed grace! love so much! love those last pictures – i too want a whole rainbow!


  25. Jordan - Queen of LA May 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    so cute and colorful! love how they look paired with the cartier love bracelet!

  26. so anthro May 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Ahh I made ones exactly like these a few months ago but yours are so much cuter! Have to get back into it now!

  27. Sara B May 16, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    I love these so much!! I want to go out and make them right now!

  28. Eljardindekela May 17, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I love your blog, how can follow you? I am sorry for my bad english.

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood May 17, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Hi there! There are several different “follow” buttons on the site that you can add. Maybe add me to your reader via RSS? I’m also on Facebook + Twitter.

  29. leah n. May 21, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    WOW!!!! Start an etsy shop and i will buy your store out!!

  30. Kara Endres May 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    These are so cute! I have yet to try making friendship bracelets- these look like the way to go.

  31. LindsB May 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    So so cute- I totally need to get to the store and get some chain so I can make my own!

  32. Joanna June 1, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    That’s so pretty :)

  33. Dimitra Psarrou June 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm #


  34. Cris June 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I tried and tried i just couldn’t do it :'(

  35. Çi?dem Y?ld?r?m June 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    ? love it !! 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      thank you!!

  36. Miranda June 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    So cute oh my gOsh, these are seriously perfect.

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      Thank you Miranda!! :)

  37. Sheryl June 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Hey, where exactly did you get this exact chain? I like the suggested link you posted but I enjoy the one you used in the tutorial so much better! PLEASE let me know =)

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 26, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Sheryl, I actually used chain from an old necklace. I’m sorry that’s not more helpful!!

  38. Stmartin8 June 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    These are fabulous!! Where did you get the chain from???

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank you so much! I bought mine at New York Beads in the city, but you can buy very similar chain on Amazon. I link to it in the post!

  39. Christina July 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    they look perfect!!!
    I make similar chain bracelets and just love wearing themn

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood July 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Christina, So happy that you like the project!

  40. Christina July 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    They look perfect!
    I make similar bracelets, check them out! 

  41. Simonette September 4, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    This is so simple yet cute! :) I will have to try this tonight ;-)

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood September 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Yay! Would love to see a pic of how they turn out! x

  42. joelee January 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    cool :) :) :)

  43. syd March 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    omg this is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE I LOVE THIS

  44. Nursen May 31, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    That’s so pretty

  45. briaaa October 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    where can I find this kind of chain?


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