With Friendship Day 2022 coming up, it’s the perfect time for these DIY Friendship Bracelets! Make them pretty so they double up as fashion accessories!
Did you celebrate Friendship Day in school? We certainly did! And one of the biggest attractions was friendship bands!
In those days, friendship bands or bracelets were quite rudimentary things, with plain yarn or string braided or twisted around to form a loop. Of course, special friends got a few extras like little gems and beads!
The History of Friendship Bracelets: Where It All Began
When you look at the aesthetics of these colorful accessories, it’s easy to see they have a Latin flair. The brilliance of the color schemes, patterns, and designs are traditional in Central and South America.
In the 70s, America was undergoing a radical change. An anti-war movement that infiltrated everyday life. The focus centered around unity and all things “peace and love,” and in the midst, friendship bracelets became a trend. Friends exchanged bracelets in an effort to unite.
Ever since, friendship bracelets have remained popular, especially among younger crowds. Teenagers gift friendship bracelets to their pals on their birthdays, but they make for the perfect surprise gift as well!
What is the significance of a Friendship Bracelet?
A friendship bracelet is a bracelet given by one person to others as a symbol of friendship. The origins of the friendship bracelet are said to lie with the Indigenous Peoples in Central and South America. According to tradition, one places a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend as a symbol of friendship and may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet is worn to honor the time, energy, and love put into their friendship.
How to Wear a Friendship Bracelet
Wearing a friendship bracelet is a symbolic act that shows just how much you value and cherish your very best friends! The most popular style is an embroidered string, which is very durable and designed to last a lifetime. Of course, you may have to replace it every decade or so, depending on the quality and material.
The idea of a bracelet to symbolize friendship is beautiful. It is a meaningful gift, that becomes so much more through the story of giving.
Friendship bracelets are that classic summer camp craft that you’ll want to make all year long! Whether you loved making them as a kid or are learning to make them for the first time, these DIY friendship bracelets are worthy of being called fashion accessories!
10 DIY Friendship Bracelets for Kids to Make
This friendship bracelet from The Red Kitchen uses just string, but the knots add a lot of texture and also make the band sturdy. We love the mix of colors in this, and they’ll look so pretty when stacked together with other bracelets.
These rainbow macrame bracelets from Look So Cute are so eye catching! So if you’re making plain colored bracelets for all your friends, maybe your BFF deserves a multicolored one like this!
Repiny shows us how to go about making an elegant friendship bracelet with yarn. Use the same color in different shades for that cool ombre effect and you’ll have an accessory that can be worn every day of the year!
Don’t have string but want to make a last-minute friendship bracelet? Recycle an old t-shirt to make this t-shirt bracelet from Jewelry Tutorial HQ! You’re sure to get multiple bracelets from one t-shirt.
These bracelets from Hart and Sew are great for Friendship Day and Valentine’s Day as well! Those little harts are so cute, and the bracelets are easy enough for kids to make on their own.
These monochrome bracelets from Purl Soho really bring out the beauty of the weave! They’re gorgeous enough to wear solo, but they look just as pretty when you stack them up!
Bracelet Book gives us a pretty macrame bracelet tutorial that can be made in any choice of colors. Go ahead and make different ones in your friends’ favorite colors, and match them with plain colored bracelets for a fun look!
Sometimes, old school works best, and if that’s the route you want to take this Friendship Day, check out these basic braided bracelets from The Red Kitchen. The good thing about these is that you can make many in a short time, in any color you like.
Why stick to plain yarn or string? Instructables show us how you can use suede lace to make a glamorous bracelet that can also be made as a gift for any other occasion. Check out the instructions – they’re easier than you think!
If you’d really like to knock their socks off, give your friends these beaded bracelets from Kimspired DIY! They’re not hard to make at all, but they look so impressive, that it’ll seem like you took hours to make them!
Free Printable Friendship Bracelet Cards
Make some cute Friendship Bracelets & club them with our Free Printable Friendship Bracelet Cards
There doesn’t need to be a reason to give someone you love a friendship bracelet, so don’t feel like you have to wait for a special occasion. Give friendship bracelets to your friends whenever you want to!
Looks like you’re all sorted for the International Day of Friendship on 30 July! String and yarn bracelets are really ‘in’ right now, and work well when stacked with bangles and bracelets of other materials like metal and acrylic. If you’d like to give a gift along with the bracelet, you can choose a no-sew Unicorn pouch, a hand-painted photo frame, or a DIY bookmark. Go on, let your friends know how much they mean to you!
Friendship Bracelet Color Meanings:
Red – Love, Fire, Joy, Energy
Orange – pacifism, fire, energy, fun
Yellow – Sunshine, hope, beauty, jealousy, summer, money
Green – Youth, nature, harmony, good luck
Light Blue – Friendship, tranquility, calmness, water & sky
Dark Blue – Eternity, Purity, Shyness,
Violet – dreams, wisdom, mystics
Pink – Love, energy, tenderness, attachment, dreaminess
Red + Yellow – crazy love.
Red + Green – love nature.
Red + White – free love.
Yellow + Green – Nature, peace.
Grey – Peace, miracles
Light Blue + White – harmony, inner light.
Pink + White – changeability.
Black – Mystery
Yellow + Green + Red – Playfulness
Green + Yellow + Light Blue – nature, woods, pacifism, harmony, brotherhood.
Blue + White + Black – hope.
White + Red + Black – life circle (birth-life-death)
Making friendship bracelets is a fun DIY craft project because it’s easy to learn, easy to take with you anywhere, and easy to share with your friends. It’s definitely one of those “rites of passage” activities that we all do at sleepovers and summer camps. Plus, they make great gifts for your best friends!