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LET’S BE BFF! TECHNIQUES AND TIPS TO DESIGN THE BEST FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

Posted on Oct 08, 2020

For decades, BFFs have enjoyed creating friendship bracelets for each other.

A friendship bracelet is made by braiding and/or knotting embroidery strings to create a pattern. But the biggest challenge is designing it! There are so many colors, charms, and pattern techniques to personalize the bracelet.

When picking the colors, you can choose complementary colors, sports team colors, monochromatic, or just your favs. Some designers choose their string colors using color symbolism. Here are some friendship bracelet color meanings:

  • Red: good luck, adventure
  • Orange: happiness, excitement
  • Yellow: friendship, creativity
  • Green: hope, compassion
  • Blue: calm vibes, loyalty
  • Purple: friendship, sophistication
  • Pink: affection, love
  • Black: power, confidence
  • Brown: comfort, reliability
  • White: truth, clarity

 Adding a special charm is a cool way to personalize your design. With some knotting techniques, you can incorporate beads into the design. The beads can spell out names, BFF messages, and inside jokes.

Our Friendship Bracelet Design Kit is a great resource with 100 alphabet beads, 20 colorful string bundles, 24 charms, 12 gifting note cards, and a book of design techniques. The book’s design techniques have clear instructions and colorful illustrations.

There are tons of techniques to create friendship bracelets. Some are fairly easy to learn while others take a bit more time to master. Here is one of our favorite techniques, we call Peace Out Chevron!

Materials

Peace Out Chevron Technique

  1. Choose 3 colors of string and cut each at a length of 50 inches.
  2. Fold the string in half at center then make a knot to create a loop at the top.
  3. Use the clip to secure the string bundle to a study surface. Try to clip right below the knot to hold all the threads in place.
  4. Arrange your six threads like color 1 color 2 color 3 color 3 color 2 color 1.
  5. Starting with string color 1 on the left side, gently make a knot by moving it over string color 2 then pull it through the circle you’ve made to form a knot.
  6. Repeat to make a second knot.
  7. Use string color 1 and do the same process with string color 3. Make sure to do it twice for 2 knots.
  8. Now do steps 5 -7 with the strings on the right hand side, using the same color sequence.
  9. Do steps 5 -7 with the two center strings. These should be the same color strings.
  10. Repeat the sequence of steps 4-9. The repetition will build your Chevron pattern.
  11. Once your friendship bracelet is the length you want, tie a large knot to secure.

Check out the Friendship Bracelet Design Kit for more information on Peace Out Chevron and other techniques like Le French Toast Twist, Four Strand Knot, and I ♥ The Square Knot.

We can’t wait to see all the colorful designs of your BFF friendship bracelets! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #doodlehog when you post photos on social media.

Happy Knotting,
The Doodle Hog Team


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