June 18th, 2012

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DIY: Fishtail Braid Friendship Bracelets

Today’s DIY project is inspired by one of my favorite things to do to my hair in the summer – the fishtail braid.  (The Beauty Department has an easy tutorial and A Cup of Jo has a fun twist on it – check them out.)  The end result is snazzier than a classic braid, but considerably easier to make than a classic knotted friendship bracelet, with the same chevron pattern.  My personal favorite is to use a bunch of similar shades for an ombre effect, but you can really do anything… get creative!

{All you need for this project is some embroidery floss.  Also, the tiny delicate bracelet is a new fave from gorjana.}

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1.  Organize your thread.  You’ll need three forty inch strands of floss, in 5 colors (15 total strands.)  //  2.  Fold bundle of floss in half, and carefully knot at the top, forming a loop.  You’ll want your loop to be large enough later to wrap the ends through to tie it on to your wrist.  // 3.  Sort your thread.  On each side, there should be three strands of each of your five colors.  Keep each color together.  // 4.  Begin the bracelet by criss-crossing the first color (bundle of three strands,) over to the opposite side.

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5.  Continue the bracelet by crossing the same color over from the opposite side.  // 6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 with your next color.  Note – it won’t look very pretty at first.  // 7.  Continue to repeat steps 4 and 5 with every color, keeping the floss tight and organized.  // 8.  A really beautiful chevron pattern will emerge!

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9.  Continue to braid until you reach your desired length.  // 10.  Stop braiding.  (Is this even really a step?) // 11.  Tie a knot.  // 12. Leaving about 3 inches of floss, trim the ends.  You’re all done!

79 Responses to DIY: Fishtail Braid Friendship Bracelets

  1. RealGirlGlam June 18, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Simple and easy to do, but makes a big impact! A great DIY as usual!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      thank you!!

      • Linda August 17, 2013 at 8:59 am #

        Yeah thanx sooo much!

  2. christin schindewolf June 18, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I think telling people to stop braiding is a step. You can never underestimate the intelligence of the public. 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      my thoughts exactly ;)

  3. ALyson -- TAGG June 18, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Totally simple and realistic to do. Must buy embroidery floss. PS: you would have been so proud of me yesterday. Went to Michael’s and I walked out with THREE DIY projects I want to accomplish. YAY! 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      I am so, so proud! Can’t wait to see what you whip up!

  4. Elizabeth Schneider June 18, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    This looks much easier than attempting a fish tail braid on my head. The perfect splash of color!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 18, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      it’s so easy!  But I know you could do it on your head, too!!  Just read TBD’s tutorial – they make it really simple.

  5. Kelsey Miller June 18, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Friendship bracelets scream summer to me! I love the fishtail, too!
    tortoiseinthesun.blogspot.com

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      thanks, kelsey! sooo fun + summery!!

  6. KatharsisKulture June 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Ill practice making these, so I can finally fishbraid my own hair!

    http://www.KatharsisKulture.com

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      great idea! you can do it!! :)

  7. Brynn {chartreuse & a twist} June 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I just love this so much :) I have always been so uncoordinated with any kind of braid…especially the fishtail. But these are just too cute…I may have to give it a shot! XO brynn

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      thanks, Brynn! I really hope you try it – seriously, very easy… you can do it!!

  8. nancy @ adore to adorn June 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    love love LOVE this! =) 
    xo,
    nancy

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      thank you, Nancy!! xo

  9. Clara Artschwager June 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Love this, Grace! It was so wonderful meeting you this weekend- your DIYs and blog in general is so impressive. I’m definitely going to make the rope necklace!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      Thank you, Clara! I am loving your blog, too! It was so great to meet you on Saturday!!

  10. pinkjulep June 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    LOVE THESE!!!!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      thank you so much!

  11. Katie @ Katie's Bliss June 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    These are so cute! I remember making ones similar to them at camp when I was younger :)

    katiesbliss.com

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 19, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks, Katie!  I hope you make some this summer!!

  12. Alex Hubbard June 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Super cute and bright! Love love!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 19, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks Alex! :)

  13. How to be Fancy June 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    I can’t get enough friendship bracelets this summer. Oh, and thank you times a million for sharing where your tiny bracelet is from…it’s adorable!! xx

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 19, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Me either! And you are welcome. Gorjana has so many pretty little bracelets – love them!

  14. Frankie hearts fashion June 19, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    you are too clever! Love these. xoxo

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 19, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      aw, thanks lady! xox

  15. Greta June 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I really love this becuase all the other interesting bracelets like the chevron take forever because you have to loop around each individual strand but with this you can get a pretty thick braclet with a cool design with multiple colors easily and quickly! :)

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Thanks Greta, I feel exactly the same way!!

  16. MAGS June 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Ooh these are so cute! Love this DIY! (: 
    noragsformags.blogspot.com

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      thank you!!

  17. Erin G. June 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Just made this and it came out perfectly!! So incredibly easy. You don’t even have to know how to do the fishtail to hair to be able to do this. I make chevrons all the time but they take soooo long to make, this a great and quick alternative.

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      I am so happy to hear that! Would love to see a pic!

  18. Tara Celeste June 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Love this trendy twist on a summer classic!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      I’m so happy you like it, Tara! Hope you give the project a try. :)

  19. Khadija Mumtaz July 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Made this today and it came out great :)

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood July 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Yay! Would love for you to email me a pic… (stripesandsequins@gmail.com,) I will post it to the S+S Facebook page! xx

  20. kim August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    ok this may sound like a silly question but at the end to put it on your wrist – are you just putting the end knot inside the loop to secure it closed?

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood August 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi Kim! I put half of the strands through the loop and then left half outside of the loop. From there, I just tie a knot! Hope that helps. :)

  21. Philothea September 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    how do you tie at the end?

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood October 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      For these, I just knotted them. But you could finish by tying ‘em in two braids. :)

  22. Yoshi Wang October 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    This is so perfect! I love the pattern and the simplicity; no complicated pattern. Just wish I could do this with my hair, but that’s a whole other story..

    gizmoandyoshi.blogspot.com

  23. Lilycoppedge October 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    love it so much

  24. Vianca November 17, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Oh my Gosh! This is so beautiful friendship BRACELET! And this is easy to do I think… Gotta make this one and give it to my friends!.. nice job… LOVE It! …. do more diy bracelets, necklaces, and etc.

  25. Markwell December 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Beautiful! SImple and very nicely made!

    Check my blog here!

  26. Daniela March 10, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    I just found this DIY bracelet tutorial and it looks awesome! Some of the pictures aren’t loading though and I’m not managing well with the written instructions alone, unfortunately :( I’ll keep trying but hopefully the pictures will come back someday?

  27. Kelly G ❥ May 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    omg! I just became a fan of your DIY website. ahaha, I know that this was posted almost a year ago, but I just wanted to thank you! I can say I’m obsessed x

  28. Lora May 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Pictures 2-3-4 are “broken” … all the ones that show the steps :(

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood July 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Hi Lora, So sorry about that! I just fixed the post.

  29. Adrian August 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    i just want to use black and white, is there any way i can do that? if there is, please tell me!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood August 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Yes, definitely! Just alternate pulling black + white strands from the back to the front. I think this will look really pretty!

  30. Alien August 14, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Amazing!!!! I thought it would be so difficult but it wasnt. It was easy peasy!!!!

  31. Cynthia August 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    How many strings do i need to make the thin pink one you have there

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood August 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Cynthia,
      You need 15 strands (3 strands of each color.) Good luck!

  32. Ella August 23, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    this was a really good tutorial and very well explained! thankyou :)

  33. sophie August 23, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    too complicated and didn’t turn out to be at all as i wanted it to be. can you provide more detail?
    sorry!

  34. sam September 12, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    nice…………………..

  35. Laila October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Would this work with only three colors?

    • Marissa September 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Yeah, it can because you can make almost any bracelet as many colors as you want.

  36. Elly December 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks I was looking for a new and easy braclet to make and this is just what I was looking for
    Thanks

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  38. Marissa September 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    My sister fishtails hair, now I fishtail bracelets. Maybe I should try it on her hair! :-)

  39. Lilycoppedge October 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    i like your silly question

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