Today’s fishtail braid friendship bracelet 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.
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!