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HC In The Kitchen Week 10: DIY Friendship Bracelets

Welcome to this week’s edition of Her Campus in the Kitchen! Instead of taking you into my kitchen though, I’m going to be taking you into my dining room where I just created some really cute bracelets!

Now everyone has had a friendship bracelet made for them at some point or another (at least I hope you have) and although I was always receiving them, I could never quite get the hang of making them. Let’s just say, when I made them, people kindly refused to wear them. I was really good at creating a three strand braided bracelet however. So when I saw this cute little pin on Pinterest I couldn’t resist putting my older and wiser crafting skills to the test.

Here is what you’ll need:
4 yards of 0.5mm chinese knotting cord
a connector or charm
an embroidery needle
a pair of scissors
flat nose pliers (optional)
a lighter (optional)

First you start by cutting the cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch pieces. You then take the 20 in piece and fold it in half and put through your connector or charm, I just got a circular charm like the one in the photo. Pull the rest of the cord through the loop so it’s connected and repeat on the opposite side. See pictures on the pin for help.

Take the 30-inch cord and center it underneath the other strands. This is where I messed up for about 20 minutes. I’m not very coordinated when it comes to braiding cord! First pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and then through the loop on the right. After that pull it tight, you have your first knot! Continue doing this pulling the knot tight to the top of the strand in the middle. Knot it until you think it’s long enough.

Once you’re done, thread the remaining strands about three to four knots up with the needle. Then repeat with the other cord. After you’re done trim away any excess! You can use the lighter to melt the ends of the cords after you cut them off. This will give the bracelet a cleaner look.

This was the point where I started to get lost so instead of making the adjustable bracelet, I just cut my losses and made a tie clasp. I wove the smaller cord into the ends and then tied it together. If you are interested in making the adjustable bracelet, please see the pin. I just knew I would lose people trying to explain it.

I posted a picture of some of the sample bracelets, I am too embarrassed to post mine, maybe I’ll just wear them myself instead of handing them out. If you are particularly crafty however these would make great gifts!

Please let me know if you guys are interested in seeing me do any type of specific craft, I am always searching for a new way to test out my creativity!

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