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These awesome DIY Friendship Bracelet ideas are fun for all ages! Learn how to make DIY friendship bracelets with these easy friendship bracelet patterns and tutorials!

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DIY Friendship Bracelets

How many hours did you spend making DIY friendship bracelets in your room as a tween or teen? If your kids enjoy making them, too (or perhaps you want a grown-up version to give to a friend as a gift!), you’re in the right place! We’ve rounded up lots of cool friendship bracelet DIYs that are perfect for you!

The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert at braiding to create unique designs. In fact, some of these unique friendship bracelets involve no braiding at all. How great is that? You’ll find that you can make beautiful bracelets from a wide variety of materials, many of which you probably already have on hand.

These DIY friendship bracelets are a great activity to do with the kids on a rainy day. And bonus: DIY gifts like this are inexpensive but SUPER thoughtful – any true friend would be thrilled to receive one of these bracelets as a gift!

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DIY Friendship Bracelets for All Ages

Kids of all ages will LOVE making their own friendship bracelets with the help of these easy friendship bracelet patterns!

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String Friendship Bracelets

String Friendship Bracelets from Curly Made: Made with nylon satin cord, these bracelets are a little softer than some, and the style is very simple and laid-back. You don’t need any other materials besides the cord, making them inexpensive to whip up a batch of these fun friendship bracelets for all your friends.

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Paracord Bracelets

Paracord Bracelets from Happiness is Homemade: These paracord bracelets are popular at summer camps and Scout camps, but you can make them any time of year! Kids of all abilities will love making them!

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Donut Charm Bracelet

Donut Charm Bracelet from Happiness is Homemade: Do you and your BFF have serious donut addictions? These donut bracelets would be so cute! If donuts aren’t your jam, though, you can make ANY sort of charm you want for your bracelet design by using the Shrinky dink plastic!

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The Fastest Grown-Up Friendship Bracelets

The Fastest Grown-Up Friendship Bracelets from Hey Wanderer: Looking for friendship bracelets that don’t look juvenile? This tutorial is exactly what you need to create beautiful bracelets fast that look like they’re made for adults. They look beautiful stacked with other pieces or just as standalone bracelets.

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Braided Friendship Bracelets

Braided Friendship Bracelets from Projects with Kids: Braided friendship bracelets are classic, but pairing simple braided thread with letter beads gives it a fun new twist. Use the beads to spell out the recipient’s name or phrases like “BFFs” or “Besties.”

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Chevron Friendship Bracelet

Chevron Friendship Bracelet from Artsy Fartsy Mama: Use rainbow friendship thread (sort of like embroidery thread) to make these classic friendship bracelets with a beautiful chevron pattern. This technique works best using three coordinating colors – experiment with using different colors of thread to make each bracelet unique! The step-by-step directions make it easy to recreate this chevron friendship bracelet pattern. End the bracelet with a pony bead in a coordinating color to finish the look.

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Zig Zag Friendship Bracelets

Zig Zag Friendship Bracelets from Moms and Crafters: The zig-zag pattern on these bracelets creates an awesome 3D effect that just gets better the more strands you use. Your friends have never received a sophisticated friendship bracelet quite like this!

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Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets

Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets from The Soccer Mom Blog: This is a more grown-up version of a friendship bracelet that allows you to carry your favorite scents with you wherever you go on this creative button closure. Gift them to your friends along with a bottle of their favorite essential oils!

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T-Shirt Yarn Bracelets

T-Shirt Yarn Bracelets from Blue Bear Wood: Make super chic bracelets on the cheap by upcycling old t-shirts into a simple braid to make these bracelets. You can, of course, buy t-shirt yarn, but if you want to be ultra-thrifty, you can just turn your own shirts into t-shirt yarn. Here’s a video to show you how if you’ve never done it before. These bracelets have a fun, chunkier look and are even cuter stacked. Extra-long ones can be wrapped around the wrist to create different looks, too.

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Beaded Friendship Bracelets

Beaded Friendship Bracelets from Projects with Kids: What I like about these beaded friendship bracelets is that instead of the typical words or phrases, you can choose words to encourage your friends, like “Dream Big” or “U R Awesome.” These bracelets would be an easy craft for a random act of kindness project, too.

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Puffy Paint Friendship Bracelets

Puffy Paint Friendship Bracelets from Chica Circle: These puffy paint bracelets are so colorful and fun! These would make fun crafts for summer camp. It’s a super easy pattern to create fun, intricate designs with puffy paint, and it’s flexible when it dries, so it won’t crack.

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Macrame Spiral Bracelet

Macrame Spiral Knots Bracelet from Craftify My Love: These macramé DIY bracelets are the perfect choice for teens and adults! Add initial charms to personalize each one. They’re great for best friends or couples!

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Melted Perler Bead Braided Bracelet

Melted Perler Bead Braided Bracelet from Pink Stripey Socks: Make some arm candy in all kinds of fun color combinations using Perler beads! The beads are melted down into little discs and then worked into the braid to create unique patterns. They’re a great way to use up excess Perler beads and don’t take much to create!

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Button Bracelets

Button Bracelets from Red Ted Art: These button bracelets are so easy for younger kids and older kids alike. You can use buttons that are all the same color, buttons from the same color family, or as many colors as you like. Try buttons in different sizes and shapes, too. There’s no limit to the fun combinations you can come up with to make this pretty bracelet!

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Valentine’s Day Friendship Bracelets

Valentine’s Day Friendship Bracelets from Stitched Modern: It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to share these pretty bracelets with friends you care about. They’re made with simple bamboo heart charms on colorful cords and would make a great gift for any special occasion.

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Heart Friendship Bracelets

Heart Friendship Bracelets from Moms and Crafters: Here’s another great option for Valentine’s Day that doesn’t have to be February-specific. You can draw any design you like onto the square wooden beads to make these easy friendship bracelets. 

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Glitter Friendship Bracelets

Glitter Friendship Bracelets from Bitz & Giggles: These glitter bracelets remind me of the ones I used to wear as a little girl, and I love them so much! They’re perfect for your little girl to give to her friends, and they’re easier than you might think to make using vinyl tubing.

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Bangle Friendship Bracelets

Bangle Friendship Bracelets from Studio DIY: Gorgeous pops of color and cute charms make these bangle bracelets the perfect best friend gift. They’re super easy to make, and make a great activity for birthday parties or a slumber party!

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Color and Make Friendship Bracelet Idea

Color and Make Friendship Bracelet Idea from Kids Activities Blog: If you don’t have any materials for bracelet-making on hand, you can still make cute bracelets with the kids. These color-and-make bracelets are truly adorable! Skip the trip to the craft store, all you’ll need is your printer and some watercolor paints or markers for this cute bracelet. A good idea for a homeschool art project!

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Yarn Bracelets

Yarn Bracelets from A Girl and a Glue Gun: Use up leftover scraps of yarn to make these fun and colorful yarn bracelets! They’re soft enough on your skin, and super easy to make! This post walks you through the step-by-step instructions needed to create an easy cardboard loom that will help you make as many of these bracelets as you’d like with no trouble.

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DIY Wooden Bracelets

DIY Wooden Bracelets from Mama Miss: You won’t believe how easy it is to get your own wooden bracelets using just wooden sticks and washi tape! Soak wooden sticks in hot water until they are pliable and once the wood has softened, bend the wood to fit inside a jar or mug, so it dries in a ring shape. After it’s totally dry, young kids can decorate them using fun washi tapes, tempera paint, or even thread. They remind me of a fun, slap bracelet you’d get as a kid!

DIY denim bracelet craft for kids

Recycled Denim Bracelet

Recycled Denim Bracelet from Moms and Crafters: Take an old pair of jeans or an old jacket and upcycle it into something new and fashionable! These denim bracelets are no-sew, and look SO cute!

zipper pattern friendship bracelet

DIY Zipper Bracelet

DIY Zipper Bracelet from Twitchetts: This easy-to-make Zipper bracelet would look so great in any of your favorite colors! There’s even a super handy video tutorial to walk you through the process. We’re planning on making some of our own bracelets in the Harry Potter house colors.

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Safety Pin DIY Bracelet

Safety Pin DIY Bracelet from Dream A Little Bigger: This has to be one of the easiest friendship bracelets to make! All you’ll need are some safety pins, cute beads, and elastic to get these stunning wearable pieces.

There are SO many awesome friendship bracelet ideas here that I can’t even decide which one is my favorite! Time to practice your forward knot and backward knot and get your friendship bracelet game on! Which one do you like best?

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