Make a Friendship Bracelet Loom with this Pattern!

Today I am going to show you how to make DIY friendship bracelets without needing a special loom or equipment.

In fact, you are going to make a friendship bracelet loom using the friendship bracelet loom pattern.  It is easier to make than you think…

DIY Bracelet Loom Pattern - Make Friendship Bracelets with these ideas
Make a million different friendship bracelet patterns with your DIY bracelet loom!

Am I the only momma with kiddos who love their accessories?  

This DIY bracelet loom is awesome! I remember friendship bracelets from my childhood. It was so fun to make one, wear it and then give it away. Sometimes my best friend and I would spend the afternoon making friendship bracelets together.

Thankfully, friendship bracelets are so easy to make with this homemade bracelet loom.

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How to Make a Friendship Bracelet Loom

Several years ago I discovered these nifty bracelet looms but like all good things, it got stretched out, one of the kids decided to use it as a teething toy and one by one we lost them – but the concept of the loom stuck with me and this past summer we made our own.

Materials:

  • Foam board or really stiff cardboard (recycle a packing box)
  • Razor blade
  • Embroidery thread
  • Pencil or crayon

Steps for Making Friendship Bracelet

Use these simple step by step instructions to weave string into a friendship bracelet that is completely unique to you.  Let’s get weaving…

Measure Proper String Length for Friendship Bracelet

To begin, you will need to cut your lengths of thread:

    1. Measure the wrist you are planning on using and make the strands that are the alternate colors (not dominate color – in my case the yellow and green strands) twice as long as the wrist.
    2. Then make the dominate color (in my case the blue) three times as long as the alternate colors.

You will have leftovers, but it is better to have too much thread than not enough.

Tie the threads around a crayon or pencil to help stabilize your bracelet as you weave it.

DIY bracelet loom - how to make a friendship bracelet - steps for making a friendship bracelet and DIY loom
Follow the step by step instructions to make a friendship bracelet from your own loom!

Make Your Bracelet Loom

Grab your foam board or cardboard because our first step now that we have the right string length cut is to create a loom where the weaving can easily happen.

How to Cut Out Your Loom

Create your loom by cutting out a square of the board, and mimic the lines pictured in the first image.   Carefully cut everywhere there is an orange line.   You will want a hole in the middle and slits on the ends.

How to Thread Your Loom for the First Time

To thread your loom, you will want your super long dominate color threads to go on each side and the alternate colors to go on the top/bottom.  

Play with the way it looks.   We have alternated colors and done stripes (ex: two of one color down the middle and the outer threads being a different color).

Weave Your Friendship Bracelet

1.   Cross your side threads over each other by swapping them from one side to the other.

DIY bracelet loom - friendship bracelet weaving steps pictured
See how the thread weaves together with these simple steps…

2.   Start with a thread on the top right of the card and move that thread to an opening on the bottom right side of the   card. In the picture I am moving the green thread down to the opening in the yellow “side”.

3.     Move the thread at the bottom, (the one to the left of the thread), to the top.   In the picture I am moving the yellow thread from the bottom up to the spot that the green thread vacated.

4.   When you are finished with a “round” the colors should be on opposite sides of the loom.   Go back to step 1 and switch the side threads.

5.   Start with the last thread you switched.   So if you started before on the upper right and ended on the lower left, you will want to start on the lower left for the next round.

Continue weaving with your loom till you reached the desired length.

homemade friendship bracelet shown in progress still on the DIY loom
See, I told you making friendship bracelets would be easy!

Viola!   You have a friendship bracelet!  

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30 Comments

  1. maybe I’d be successful with that loom……

  2. Oh my word! I used to make these in high school and sell them for $1 🙂 I didn’t have the loom though, looks way easier than how I used to do it. Great idea!

  3. Beautiful bracelets!!! And with so many tech gadgets these days, it is nice to bring these handmade activity that can help keep children engaged and focus on just one thing. Thanks for showing them with instructions and all.

  4. Oh my! This is so cool. I had never even thought of a loom to weave bracelets on (let alone thought to make a loom myself)! I can’t wait to try this out with my already over-accessorized children.

  5. I love this loom! I have seen one you can buy, but free is so much better. My 7 year old daughter has yet to try making her own, but I think she may like this.

  6. Thank you for the tutorial. My granddaughter will love this craft and enjoy the finished accessories
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  7. couldnt do it harrrddd

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  9. The conversation corner says:

    I like it ! Beautiful bracelets!!!
    My sister would love these!

  10. Beautiful bracelets!!! children like most.

  11. Wow it looks very cute and attractive. Love the idea.

  12. Clever idea! I used to love making bracelets like this as a kid. Pinning!

  13. Oh the HOURS I spent making friendship bracelets as a kid!! I’m sure my daughter would enjoy using one of these looms. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  14. Awesome instructions! I love the look of the bracelet. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Very clever! I used to make lots of these bracelets when I was younger but never used a loom. Great idea!

    Thanks for linking up to our Weekend Wind-Down party! =)

  16. I used to make these bracelets with my cousin. We made them small, we did massive ones with 30 strands and we had a blast doing it. Our Moms however hated the phase because we were putting holes in their couches from attaching our safety pins there… too bad we didn’t know about making a loom! We would have saved ourselves from a lot of grief!

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  17. Anonymous says:

    these bracelets are awesome i have the stuff to make it all even animal bracelets.

  18. Samantha basque says:

    It didn’t work for me….

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