DIY Friendship Necklace

As soon as Lauren and I saw this editorial in Flare Magazine, we knew we had to recreate these awesome, friendship bracelet-like necklaces.  We promise they are super easy to make and the perfect way to pass the time during those long summer roadtrips.

 

You’ll need:
– cotton rope or twine
– a pair of scissors
– nuts and washers
– embroidery thread
– thread bobbins or squares of cardboard (all of which you can find at your local hardware and craft store)

To make a 2-tone necklace, cut a long piece of rope and wrap two different colors of embroidery thread around its own bobbin.  Tie a starter knot along with the two colored threads you are using, leaving at least 3 inches of slack,  Tape down the slack to a flat surface or safety pin it something that will help keep it in place (feeling nostalgic yet?).  Lay the color that isn’t being used (shown here in purple) in your left hand, along with the rope, and hold them taut.  Take the active color (shown here in red) in your right hand, pass it over the rope, loop it under and back through the opening.  Pull up and to the right to tighten.  Repeat the knots until you are ready to switch colors.  (Click images to enlarge)

To alternate colors, simply put the inactive color (red) in your left hand and the new active color (purple) in your right.  Repeat the steps.

Once you’re done knotting, add a few nuts and/or washers to the necklace.  Undo the large starter knot and tie both open ends together, creating your very own friendship necklace!  Trim any extra rope and tread.  Continue making necklaces at different lengths, using any color combination…in our opinion, the more the better!  Easy enough, right??

(top image via Fashion Gone Rogue, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

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260 Comments

  1. Miss Giny wrote:

    Great ! thank you ! ^^

    7.20.10
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  2. Margot wrote:

    Awww. It’s like summer camp but more fashionable. 🙂

    7.20.10
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  3. Wow, this brings back memories. I used to do these in my hair!

    7.20.10
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  4. Deana wrote:

    Another great DIY tutorial, thanks ladies! Love the pictures too!

    7.20.10
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  5. Wonderful – I love them. Thank you!

    7.20.10
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  6. Great DIY! This is so great for summer! Thank you

    http://behindthelashes.com

    7.20.10
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  7. This is sooooo great for summer, thank you!!!

    7.20.10
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  8. Barret wrote:

    Those are gorgeous necklaces – i am so impressed by this DIY. Going to have to try this one myself!

    7.20.10
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  9. erica wrote:

    thanks guys!! we’re so happy you like!! 😉 send us photos! we’d love to see what you’ve done!

    7.20.10
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  10. karen wrote:

    yay friendship bracelets!! I’m so excited you gals posted this 🙂 Totally gonna do it soon!

    7.20.10
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  11. char wrote:

    love it!
    will definately be making some!

    7.22.10
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  12. EK wrote:

    I found this post via Refinery 29 – I will be making these for sure (and reblogging at my blog)! Thanks so much!

    http://www.heygoodlookinblog.blogspot.com

    7.22.10
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  13. Jasmine wrote:

    Defintely going to try this!
    thanx!
    (:

    7.22.10
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  14. I also used to do these in my hair. I’m having a carefree summer day and now I’m so inspired to do this again!

    7.22.10
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  15. Rachel wrote:

    Wow, these are so pretty! How perfect for summer, I’m in love. I just came across your blog via Poppytalk. I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

    7.22.10
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  16. nauli wrote:

    Your necklace is so beautiful! We used to make frienship bracelets like this in our childhood. You make we wanna start again. A big necklace like yours would be so great!

    7.22.10
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  17. FRAN T wrote:

    THANKS ¡¡¡ I JUST LOVE IT

    7.22.10
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  18. Anna wrote:

    I used to make these like crazy when I was kid. Between embroidery floss friendship bracelets, and beaded lizards, I kept pretty busy! 🙂 Thanks for the nostalgic how-to. XO!

    7.22.10
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  19. Endrina wrote:

    These are lovely! I remember wearing them as bracelets when I was younger.
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial:)

    7.24.10
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  20. Samya salama wrote:

    I always wondered how they do these bracelets. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    -Samya

    7.24.10
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  21. emily wrote:

    thanks for sharing! really cool xxo

    7.25.10
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  22. jonahliza wrote:

    these are super awesome. thank you!

    7.25.10
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  23. this inspired me to call some of my friends who i haven’t seen for the longest time. they totally remembered how we used to make these back in high school. we promised we’ll hang out sometime and make friendship bracelets again! or necklaces this time!

    7.25.10
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  24. Leigh wrote:

    Cool idea! Glad that you share this! So gonna try making one! :>

    7.28.10
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  25. Ashleigh wrote:

    Wow! This is utterly amazing..
    Im lost for words 🙂 Im going out and buying the material as soon as the weekend comes!

    7.29.10
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  26. Jaymie wrote:

    These are awesome!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Do you know what i really feel like having some hair braids chanel that inner child, hippy on holiday look.
    Jaymie

    http://jaymieocallaghan.blogspot.com/

    8.3.10
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  27. Thanks for giving me a road trip passtime! I have too much embroidery floss, and honestly, i hate embroidering shit.

    8.3.10
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  28. Lindsay C wrote:

    This may be the most awesome thing I have ever seen…

    8.3.10
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  29. Meghan wrote:

    Awesome!

    8.3.10
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  30. Amy Gieske wrote:

    Awesome! I’m definately going to make some necklaces, but I was also inspired by this post to make this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gieske/4861534337/

    8.4.10
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  31. erica wrote:

    wow, Amy! that is GENIUS!!! LOVE! xx

    8.4.10
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  32. Dana wrote:

    Great necklaces, so colorful and fun. Linked back to you from my blog.

    8.4.10
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  33. susie wrote:

    This is a great idea! I want to make one!

    8.5.10
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  34. beadinggem wrote:

    Great tutorial!! I love how one can wear several or use just a single one with a focal. I will link in an upcoming blog post! Pearl

    8.5.10
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  35. Katie wrote:

    I am SO in love with this! Thank you SO much for sharing – Cannot wait to make many of these!

    8.5.10
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  36. danielle wrote:

    this brings me back to the days of hair wraps.

    8.11.10
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  37. Rachel wrote:

    love the tutorial. i tried and make some necklaces and they look sooooo nice!

    8.12.10
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  38. Ms K wrote:

    it seems a zillion of years that I last made my friendship bands. its a great idea to wear the friendship band as a fashion accessory=)

    xoxo
    http://stylison.blogspot.com/

    8.12.10
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  39. laiona wrote:

    i was looking for a way to make a belly chain from embroidary floss but i will def be making these too. it makes so much sense to use rope because it gives it body, awww i think im gonna have a collection of these.

    do you think we could get away with these in winter if we mute the colors?
    I think soo!

    8.12.10
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  40. Kristine wrote:

    I just found your blog via Poppytalk and I love it!! Can’t wait to try the pompom garland and these friendship necklaces are too adorable for words! Thank you!

    8.29.10
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  41. Dee wrote:

    I want this!! 😮

    8.31.10
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  42. Soo great – I love it!

    9.7.10
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  43. Nancy Ward wrote:

    Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

    9.13.10
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  44. OMG! These are so fabulously fantastic. Love love love!

    10.4.10
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  45. Ana wrote:

    Hi ! I just wanted you to know that I made a post about this and I used some of you images her: http://www.liveandenliven.com/2010/10/diy-stylish-friendship-necklaces.html LOVE this D.I.Y! THANKS!

    10.6.10
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  46. Chloe wrote:

    Too beautiful! I love this. Wow – the colors.

    11.15.10
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  47. SayaR wrote:

    Wow, this brings back memories of junior high. Now that I’m a broke, semi-unemployed adult, may be time to bring these back out for Christmas presents! Is there a specific brand on thread you recommend?

    11.18.10
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  48. bukola wrote:

    this is such a fun and easy idea! You didn’t suggest ways to finish the ends though. Do you just tie them together?

    11.21.10
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  49. erica wrote:

    you’ve got it! if you click on the word “trim” in the last paragraph, you’ll see that we just knotted the ends.

    11.21.10
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  50. Jane wrote:

    Your Friendship Necklace is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature it at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Contact me here if you have a concern.

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/

    12.6.10
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  51. Jayme wrote:

    These are fantastic! I actually had been trying to remember how we used to make these when I was a kid, b/c I’m about to get married and I thought something like this would make a really adorable personalized wedding favor. Thanks for jogging my memory with this tutorial! Whats great is my much younger soon to be sister in law isn’t old enough to remember the big trend that these were, so its something she can share with her friends and feel a little bit ‘schooled’ on retro teen trends.

    12.9.10
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  52. Dori wrote:

    I love it!!!!!

    12.12.10
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  53. amg wrote:

    THis is so fantastic!!! VEry beaUTIful …….

    1.6.11
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  54. This is fantastic…I love it so much, I will have a go at making these for sure!!
    All your DIY projects are so good and really inspirational. I also do a few DIY projects on my blog about global fashion and have just done one called Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining. Feel free to check it out and follow if you like it!!

    1.9.11
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  55. Rachel wrote:

    Cute. I love these little hair wraps, they are very colorful & pretty.

    1.16.11
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  56. Victoria wrote:

    Love this! I want to make a chandelier out of them:)

    1.24.11
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  57. Chickey wrote:

    I loved this DIY and made some for myself and friends. I changed it up and used it as a wrap bracelet. Check out my blog and let me know what you think!! I’ll definitely be making more in the future, really great idea.

    Chickeydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-project-wrap-bracelet

    xox Chickey

    1.31.11
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  58. Libelle wrote:

    i love this DIY.

    http://libelle-lfl.blogspot.com/

    Love Libelle

    2.4.11
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  59. Rose wrote:

    This is fantastic! I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while. Great tutorial.

    2.7.11
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  60. This completely inspired my decision to wrap a boring plant pot in twine and hardware:
    http://constitutionallymoderndiy.tumblr.com/post/3330575488/wrapped-in-hardware-plant-pot

    Great necklaces!!

    2.23.11
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  61. sarah wrote:

    this was such a perfectly easy way to get a creative fix during one of my last quarters of classes in my doctoral program! thank you!! I made several and hooked them all together into one necklace with a cap bead that I used as a crimp-clasp: check it out if you want!

    http://pacificrain.blogspot.com/2011/02/bit-of-flare.html

    now to get some girlfriends together and try that proenza schouler necklace next! When I stumbled upon some leopard-print cotton cording at my local fabric store, I knew I had to buy some and save it for this next DIY!

    2.27.11
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  62. sofia wrote:

    What should I do if I want more than 3 colors?
    Also, it is just one rope or several ropes tied together?

    3.28.11
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  63. This would be a wonderful project for my kids this summer. Thanks for this 😀

    3.29.11
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  64. Marina wrote:

    whoa, im going to make a million of these!

    4.3.11
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  65. With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. 🙂

    4.20.11
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  66. Bryer wrote:

    Great tutorial. I am addicted to making these now.

    5.9.11
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  67. hannah wrote:

    Omg these are lush…id love to buy them tho ha im not that creative 🙁

    5.13.11
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  68. Wow, these necklaces rock! The tutorial is very detailed and easy to follow, I think I can do it and make one for myself, thanks a lot for this wonderful idea.

    5.23.11
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  69. georgia wrote:

    i just made one!!! but it took forever. they look good layered! these are similar to the Seventeen Magazine cover of August 2010 with Rihanna

    6.18.11
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  70. Pinky Tan wrote:

    I love these necklaces!.. hopefully they dont go out of style 🙂

    7.5.11
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  71. Ethan Eby wrote:

    What is the official name of that style bracelet anyway?… It’s nearly impossible to find online because no one knows the name.

    7.11.11
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  72. florencia wrote:

    muuy bueno me encanto 🙂

    7.13.11
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  73. Irini wrote:

    Thank you!!! I was looking for these many years!
    Thank youuuuuuuuu!!

    7.18.11
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  74. Delphine wrote:

    I’m totally addicted to your site…WAOUW WAOUW WAOUW!!!!!! Another great tuto! BUT pleaaaaaaaaase, can you dedicate a tuto to the wonderful pompom bracelet from Honorine jewels? http://www.shoplatitude.com/red-pompom-bracelet.html
    They are so trendy and wonderful, perfect for this summer and I’m sure not very complicated to do (for you of course, for me….it’s another story!)
    THANKS THANKS and see you soon, YEAH!

    7.28.11
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  75. regina wrote:

    unfortunately i cant see the last image…=(

    8.3.11
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  76. I love the post! I tried it my self and it turned out pretty good! I also used your tutorial in my blog and linked back to you! You have great ideas and tutorials!!!

    8.4.11
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  77. Sara wrote:

    Hi there!

    Those are adorable!! Im busy doing them and I posted about tthem in my blog and linked back to you!

    Check it out! http://shabbytricks.blogspot.com/

    Thanks

    8.29.11
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  78. Shianaah wrote:

    i was looking for something different then the usual friendship bracelets and this is perfect thx 🙂

    9.1.11
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  79. jaimie wrote:

    first time on this blog.. and im in love <3 making them as we speak!!!!!

    9.1.11
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  80. Meli wrote:

    These would also be amazing with variegated thread – saves you having two pieces of floss, and the colour changing could be more gentle(?) depending on the type used.

    I can’t wait to make some, thanks! 😀

    9.8.11
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  81. Anna wrote:

    Love that you read a Canadian Fashion mag. Love the blog, just made the Bracelet with the bolts but need to know how to fasten the ends!!!!

    9.10.11
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  82. Chadwick wrote:

    I like this blog and have saved it. I’m going to turn to examine in particulars on my trip

    9.12.11
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  83. Hannah wrote:

    Love it!

    9.13.11
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  84. K wrote:

    I’m working on one right now–it will be a very long piece of rope that I’ll treat as an infinity necklace. We’ll see how it goes! Going to try some bracelets in that same style as well. 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing– your site has been an awesome source of inspiration lately!

    9.16.11
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  85. Kolbey wrote:

    These are so awesome, ive got to do this! And i just got a whole bunch of embroidery thread =D

    9.19.11
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  86. Anna wrote:

    That’s a very nice editorial. I can see why you got inspired. 🙂

    9.28.11
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  87. I love these…they’re beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

    10.10.11
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  88. Victoria squires wrote:

    hey ladies, I thank yhu for the web post and this was really helpful to me so thanx. Cant wait to hear from yhu. Bye.

    12.5.11
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  89. m wrote:

    i love your projects! thank you!

    1.19.12
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  90. EIRA CORNELIA wrote:

    LOVE! but is not that your pictures?? http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/friendship-necklace.html

    1.31.12
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  91. Readlikeabook wrote:

    Hey guys,

    Thanks so much for sharing– I worked on one in October and the technique was so doable!

    While browsing the web today, I noticed that some of *your* pictures were posted without credit here: http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/friendship-necklace.html

    Thought you might like to know– I apologize if you’re aware of this and are collaborating!

    K

    2.12.12
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  92. vina wrote:

    made some bracelets but i have not thought of a necklace! now i am gonna make it for sure!!! check my blog if you like! http://acloudandamoon.blogspot.com/

    3.24.12
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  93. Leeyah D wrote:

    I will attempting this very soon!!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/DivaClubChic

    3.27.12
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  94. mel wrote:

    wow! i’ve always wondered how to make some of the bracelets you diy i didn’t know they where so easy.. making one now:)

    4.1.12
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  95. bea wrote:

    easy, fun and very chic! <3

    4.13.12
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  96. Sara wrote:

    you have such great lovely ideas. you will be one of my favorite site

    5.9.12
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  97. Liz wrote:

    My favorite dyi 🙂

    6.24.12
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  98. aden wrote:

    thats kind of like a tramp why wold you want to make that TRAMPS!!

    7.6.12
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  99. Marcia wrote:

    I love it , where I by this??? Pleaseee
    I whant so much!

    7.14.12
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  100. Christine wrote:

    How to you string those beads into the necklace like ones in the photo? This is such an awesome tutorial, looking forward to trying it out!!!!!!

    8.2.12
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  101. Nana wrote:

    So colorful bracelets, I want to braid one for myself now.

    8.2.12
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  102. erly wrote:

    might be a stupid question.. but where in NY can i purchase cotton rope?

    8.4.12
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  103. Pam wrote:

    HOW DO YOU FINISH THEM? A square knot seems like it would be BIG and not very attractive… how do you hide, glue or whatever the ends???? Thanxs

    8.12.12
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  104. Heather wrote:

    Love this! I used to make these when I was a kid but nothing quite so elaborate; must do this again! Thanks: )

    9.1.12
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  105. Love these! I keep meaning to give one (or 2 or 3!) a go :o) Thanks!

    9.9.12
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  106. Chung Alea wrote:

    I really love hair braids because they look very elegant and classic. I used to do some herringbone hair braids a couple of months ago. ,;::.

    My favorite blog
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    10.6.12
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  107. aryan wrote:

    Dude, right on there brother.

    10.28.12
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  108. Caroline wrote:

    How are the fastened? Clasps???? A knot? Please let me know!

    12.2.12
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Caroline They are fastened with a double knot.

      12.2.12
  109. Markwell wrote:

    Great idea, never heard about friendship bracelets.

    Check my blog on bracelets out!

    12.22.12
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  110. Noemie wrote:

    I used to do that in my little sister’s hair! Instead of the cotton rope, I’d use a strand of her hair. It was really pretty.

    1.29.13
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  113. dena wrote:

    Thanks so much! Most importantly, thank you for sharing links for where to purchase the materials!
    http://www.daobella.com

    5.22.13
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  114. saeed wrote:

    gerat tutorial
    thnx

    6.29.13
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  115. kiikx wrote:

    love love love! Love being inspired like this, so perfect for those lazy days with your girls on the beach x.

    7.30.13
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  116. Arezoo wrote:

    it`s so beautiful and easy. thank you

    8.2.13
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  117. alex wrote:

    great diy,i likd this idea,i want to make one by my self,thank you

    11.10.13
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  118. sasha wrote:

    that is an awesome necklace

    11.10.13
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  119. Anna wrote:

    I didn’t have cotton cord, so I’m making a tiny bracelet by wrapping around hemp, and it’s turning out!

    I love your tutorials–I’ve seen so many and they’re all, honestly, amazing!

    2.3.14
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  120. Anna wrote:

    I didn’t have cotton cord, so I’m making a tiny necklace by wrapping around hemp, and it’s turning out so far!

    I love your tutorials–I’ve seen so many and they’re all, honestly, amazing!

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  123. Christine wrote:

    Thanks for this — it’s a classic! Instead of knotting, I glued sterling end caps on two lengths of cord, then added a few inches of silver chain to each end cap and gathered the chains in a toggle fastener. Easy, not too expensive, and it gives a more finished look.

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    great diy. Thanks so much! Most importantly, thank you for sharing links for where to purchase the materials! My jewellery blog and e-commerce Nakkase. http://nakkase.com

    12.28.16
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  125. kristi wrote:

    My daughter makes something like this that she weaves around earbuds. It helps keep them from tangling and your know which one is yours! I have 3 teenagers, so it is nice for us. Thanks for the updated ideas!

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  126. Great necklaces. I’ll try to do one for myself

    9.21.17
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  128. bici wrote:

    amazing… I have to try. thanks!,

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  129. Angelina de la Fuente wrote:

    They’re gorgeous and loves those colours combinations. Thank you for sharing.

    7.5.18
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  130. Jill Krahling wrote:

    I have no problem with it

    9.4.18
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  131. Loved all. I think I missed how to make these. Step by step. What kind of string did you use to make this and what size is the thread used. Thank you.

    10.4.18
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