How to Make Thread Bracelets

Thread bracelets, also known as friendship bracelets, are a summertime tradition among camp kids. Worn as bracelets and sometimes as anklets, these thread-crafted pieces are fun to exchange and just as fun to create. With some embroidery thread or even regular cotton, you can create a bracelet that any friend would be proud to wear. Adding some beads can make your bracelet even better.

Cut three pieces of embroidery thread, each about 18 inches long. You can choose varying colours or just one colour.

Tie a knot at one end of the three pieces to join them together.

Tape the knotted end to your workspace with a piece of masking tape. This will secure the bracelet in place while you create it.

Braid the loose ends of the bracelet threads. Cross each of the three pieces of thread over the middle one, just as if you were braiding someone's hair.

Add a bead here and there by threading it up from the open end of the threads and tying a knot. After securing the bead with the knot, continue braiding until you reach the end of the strings. Tie a knot to secure them.


You can buy seed beads at craft supply stores.


When tying your friendship bracelet to your friend's wrist or ankle, don't tie it too tightly. Leave plenty of room between the skin and the bracelet for proper circulation.

Things You'll Need

  • Embroidery thread
  • Seed beads
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
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Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.