Last summer I was on a DIY friendship bracelets kick. We made these chain bracelets, these triple ball bracelets, these fishtail bracelets, and these diamond friendship bracelets… I’ve been jonesing to make another one ever since! These bracelets are supremely easy to make… they only look complicated. Regular old friendship bracelets can take hours, but you can whip up a few of these in just twenty minutes. And once you master the 5 strand braid, the options are endless! (I can’t wait to try it with a thicker rope.)
Materials: 5 shades of embroidery floss, sharp scissors.
Begin by cutting your embroidery floss into ten pieces (2 per color, each about 32″ long) and grouping them together by color. Tie them at the top (leave 2-3″ of floss at the top so that you can tie it on later.) You can safety pin it or tape it, or if you are at a table I find that putting a full glass of water over the ends holds it down nicely.
Take your outermost left strand (the blue one, here) and bring it under the next strand (pink in this case) and over the next strand (peach, here.)
Then do the same on the other side… taking the outermost strand and bringing it under the next color (the white in this case) and over the next color (the coral here.)
Continue along, weaving under-over, under-over, and a pretty pattern will develop. I find that keeping the strands of floss as flat as possible results in a nice fat stitch.