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DIY Spiked Friendship Bracelet

After spotting this DIY inspiration on OutsaPop, I decided to DIY it myself!

Supplies: Scissors, 3 colors of embroidery thread (mine are from Mood Fabrics only available in store), 5-6 Spikes, awl, tape.

Cut 7 feet of your main color. Cut 2 6ft pieces of another color. Cut 4 6ft pieces of your last color. Holding all the threads together, fold them in half and tie a loop, like above. You should have 14 pieces of thread now. Tape the loop to the table you will be working on.

The pattern I used is from friendship-bracelets.net. They have tons of pretty rad patterns.

image via friendship-bracelets.net

image via friendship-bracelets.net

Things I came across when working on this pattern that will make it easier for you:

  1. First tip, it seems hard at first, but I SWEAR by the 4th row, it will be very easy.
  2. You must MUST must tie the thread twice as depicted in the second picture.
  3. Your main color (I used purple, the instructions used red) ALWAYS ties over another thread.  You will never come across a loop where you are tying another color over the main color.
  4. In row 1, 3, 5, 7, etc, you are using all of the threads to make loops.
  5. In row 2, 4, 6, 8, etc, you are using all of the threads to make loops EXCEPT the first and last thread.
  6. In row 1, 3, 5, 7, etc, the middle loop you will be making will use two threads that are the same color.

I DO promise that it gets easy as you continue doing it.  This is the third friendship I’ve made in my entire life, so trust me.  If you remember the tips I mentioned above, it will be pretty simple.

Tie two very tight knots at the end of the bracelet.

Using an awl (or a pen or pencil), push a whole in the center of each/every other diamond to spread the thread wide enough to push the screw of the spike through.

Cut the remaining thread off the bracelet, leaving less than inch after the final knot.

Loosen the last screw. Push the loop at the top of your bracelet over and under the spike and then tighten the spike. This will keep the bracelet in place.

This is by far one of my favorite DIYs (1) because you can totally make it your own, (2) because I thought it was nearly impossible to do when I first started the pattern, but it got so easy towards the end, and (3) because I’ve seen these sold in Soho for $50 each…craziness…mine cost $3.00.


Candy Fraser is the fashion blogger of taylor & DEMOLISH. It is a fashion style and DIY blog that breaks the lines behind tailored fashion and destroyed fashion. For more information on taylor & Demolish, follow Candy on Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Bloglovin!!  You may also contact her at tayloranddemolish@gmail.com

“DIY Spiked Friendship Bracelet’ was originally posted on taylor & DEMOLISH here: http://www.tayloranddemolish.com/2011/09/diy-spiked-friendship-bracelet.html


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