40+ Free DIY Friendship Bracelet Patterns

Let's Make a Friendship Bracelet!

A true friend is a rare and special gift.  You can rely on your friend because of the qualities of trust, honesty, and love that a true friend brings to the relationship.  

Your true friends will always be there for you, helping you to be your best self!

Tweens and teens love to show how special their friends are to them, and one of the most popular gifts is a friendship bracelet.

Before we get into this any further, keep in mind that bracelets, even friendship bracelets, can be worn by any gender. 

Bracelets have become a real fashion statement for all!

Take a look at a special  page of jewelry making books and see more of the jewelry fashion statements that you can create!

OK, back to friendship bracelets.

Kids of all ages (yes even adults), enjoy the art of creating these special bracelets.  They are a wonderfully easy way to get creative and pass the time on a rainy day!

bracelet Patterns and Designs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is an outdated, overdone craft!!!  You will get excited to learn that there are so many patterns to learn and create!

Some of the most popular designs are the chevron or candy stripe patterns, but you can learn many intricate and beautiful designs such as the daisy, Chinese ladder, twisted, diamond, fishtail, beaded tassel, and jellyfish.  It’s even possible to weave and knot things into the bracelet such as names, hearts, or polka-dots!

Meaning of Friendship Bracelets

Interestingly, friendship bracelets originated from Guatemala in Central America. The art of creating and giving these friendship bracelets became popular in the US in the 1970’s. 

It is traditional to give the homemade bracelet as a sign of a long-lasting friendship.  

Most often they are made with many strands of embroidery floss that are creatively knotted to form beautiful designs.

The giver of the bracelet usually ties it onto the wrist of their true friend and, the expectation is that it will never be untied. 

The recipient then makes a wish on the bracelet.  It is believed that when the bracelet falls off, the wish will come true.

So get busy; look through the bracelet pattern ideas below and start creating a special gift for a friend!

40+ Free DIY Friendship Bracelet Patterns

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Alpha Bead Friendship Stretch Bracelet

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With this free bracelet pattern, make these bright stretch bracelets with your favorite round and alpha beads using the instructions. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Be Kind Friendship Bracelet

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Make these bright stretch bracelets with your favorite round and alpha beads. Pair them with floss friendship bracelets, then stack them up! Affiliate Link to Michaels

Beaded Friendship Bracelet

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Make this easy colorful bracelet for yourself and for a friend. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Beaded Friendship Bracelet Patterns

These friendship bracelets are made with beads and plastic coated wire. Crafts For Kids

Beginner Friendly Friendship Bracelets for Kids

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Kids have fun as they learn creative knots and braiding with this free pattern that features a classic candy stripe friendship bracelet and fishtail braid bracelet design. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet

Comprised of all forwards knots, Candy Stripe is the ideal beginner friendship bracelet pattern. The Neon Tea Party

Charming Friendship Bracelet Pattern

How to make a friendship bracelet by knotting thread. Make two - one for yourself and one for a friend. How Stuff Works

Chevron Friendship Bracelet

A step-by-step tutorial on the classic chevron pattern friendship bracelet. Honestly WFT

Chevron Friendship Bracelet Instructions

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Feeling nostalgic? Try making this Chevron Friendship Bracelet! It’s a throwback to your youth that you can do with your friends or your kids! Affiliate Link to Michaels

Chinese Ladder Friendship Bracelet

This friendship bracelet creates an interesting twisted design. By using different colors of thread a colorful the bracelet will have some pizzazz. Design Dazzle

Colorful Friendship Bracelet Patterns

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Three friendship bracelets designs with tutorials. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Daisy Flower Friendship Bracelet

Pony beads and cord are used to make this sunny friendship bracelet. Making

Designer Friendship Bracelet

A more advanced friendship bracelet. Caron Collection

Diagonal Friendship Bracelet

This is an excellent choice for your first friendship bracelet. Simple Practical Beautiful

Diamonds Friendship Bracelet

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A free pretty diamond pattern is revealed as you weave your way towards completing a colorfully-crafted, friendship bracelet. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Easy Braided Friendship Bracelet with Letter Beads

This friendship bracelet pattern braids three colors of embroidery thread. Alphabet letters and beads are added in the middle of the bracelet and it is fastened with a simple knot loop and button. Projects with Kids

Easy Friendship Bracelet

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Make matching braided bracelets with this free pattern for a friend or make bracelets with different colors. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Fabric Scraps Friendship Bracelet

This friendship bracelet pattern is made out of scrap fabric. It is constructed the same way as a traditional friendship bracelet but jewelry endcaps are used to hold everything together. Skip To My Lou

Fancy Friendship Bracelet

Fancy Friendship Bracelet

Bedazzle the ordinary friendship bracelets by weaving in a string of jewels or a chain. This is a more grown-up version of the friendship bracelet. A Beautiful Mess

Finger Knitted Friendship Bracelet

Finger Knitted Friendship Bracelet

A video on how to make a simple finger knitted friendship bracelet. Kids can make for themselves and exchange with to friends.

Fishtail Braid Friendship Bracelet

Inspired by fishtail hair braiding, this free friendship bracelet tutorial is sure to please your kids. Very easy to do. The Stripe

Flat Square Knot Friendship Bracelet

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Make one for yourself and one for a friend with these free instructions. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Four Basic Friendship Bracelet Knots

There are four basic friendship bracelet knots - Forwards Knot, Backwards Knot, Forwards-Backwards Knot and Backwards-Forwards Knot. Learn them here. The Neon Tea Party

Friendship Bracelet

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Learn how to make a Friendship Bracelet with detailed step-by-step instructions. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Kids can create these friendship bracelets in their favorite colors to share with friends with this free friendship bracelets tutorial. Crafts by Amanda

Friendship Bracelets for Grownups

Learn how to make friendship bracelets that adults will like with this free pattern. After learning the basics add tassels, rhinestones, charms and attach metal closures. Good In The Simple

Heart Friendship Bracelet

Heart Friendship Bracelet

This free friendship bracelet pattern features a jute cord and square wooden beads, which give the bracelet a bohemian accent. Make one for your best friend. Mom and Crafters

Jellyfish Friendship Bracelet

Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets use a paper wheel to create a round woven bracelet. They are so fun and so easy to make! The Crafting Chicks

Kumihimo Friendship Bracelet

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Keep kids occupied with this simple but rewarding disc-knitted bracelet using this free pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Origami Paper Bracelet

Grab some colorful paper and fold a paper bracelet for yourself and one for a friend with this free tutorial. Inna's Creations

Rainbow Beaded DIY Friendship Bracelets

Rainbow Beaded DIY Friendship Bracelets

This is a fun bracelet made with colorful rainbow hemp and beads. Use this free tutorial to make these easy friendship bracelets for teens to share with friends. Artsy Fartsy Mama

Rainbow Friendship Bracelet

Rainbow Friendship Bracelet

You and the kids can make fun friendship bracelets using these free instructions and scrap yarn. My Poppet Makes

Round Braided Leather Friendship Bracelet

Another grown-up friendship bracelet that uses a four-strand round braid style pattern. A video tutorial along with a written materials list. Learn this technique. Curly Made

Scrap Fabric Friendship Bracelet

Got Fabric Scraps? Turn them into friendship bracelets with this free tutorial. Crazy Little Projects

Straw Weaving Bracelet

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Straw weaving is a fun way to make friendship bracelets. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

T-Shirt Bracelet

Even an old t-shirt can be upscaled into attractive bracelets with this free bracelet pattern. Make ideal grown-up friendship bracelets. Hello Glow

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelet

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelet

This free friendship bracelet uses bangle bracelets and strips of t-shirt material to make this beautiful wearable craft instead of embroidery thread. Upcycle those old t-shirts. Crafts by Amanda

Three Easy Friendship Bracelets

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Use this entertaining free friendship bracelets project to keep kids busy during spring break or on rainy weekends. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Three Friendship Bracelet Tutorials

Learn to make an Alternating Half Hitch Friendship Bracelet, a 5-Strand Braid Friendship Bracelet and a Diagonal Friendship Bracelet. Craft Jam

Three Ways to Make Friendship Bracelets

Start by learning the basic techniques and then move on to fancier bracelets by adding charms, beads and simple braids. wikiHow

Trio of Crochet Friendship Bracelets

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Colorful nylon cord creates bracelets that are fun to wear. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

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