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!
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.
The rest of the steps, after the break.
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!
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!