friendship bracelets

August 9th, 2011

I’m still here! We just returned from a little trip to grandma’s and now I’m nursing an awful cold. The children seem to take these horrible head colds in stride. I, on the other hand, look like I just got hit by a bus.

I made these two bracelets for a good friend’s birthday last week. Yes, I am a woman in my 30s making friendship bracelets for a woman in her 30s. And yes, my husband laughed at me. But whatever. Learning how to make them again made me a little teary about my camp days. Also they are, I believe, stylish–as ridiculous as that may be.

I went with the chevron style and the boring old stripey style. I tried for a more grown up color pallet, but really they are going to look like friendship bracelets no matter what colors you pick.

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23 Responses to friendship bracelets

  1. Erika says:

    Sorry about your cold. I have one too…my second one of the summer! Pretty bracelets, I think I might have to make one for old times sake!

  2. Amanda says:

    I am so excited about this trend and have been making them like crazy. But… I have yet to wear one out of the house, nor have my friends for whom I’ve made them.
    I did see a hipster at a mexican restaurant wearing some the other day. I guess I’d better wear them before they are out again for another 25 years. Mostly it’s about the making, though, isn’t it?

  3. Jenny says:

    My daughter has been making these like crazy the last couple of weeks. I’m wearing 2 that she made me, and I’m working on one for her. :)

  4. shelly says:

    One of my students made me and my boys bracelets and we’re all wearing them and love them! Great for you!

  5. husband says:

    Hey it was just a chuckle, I think you are creative and wonderful.

  6. Christina says:

    I think I’ll just find the ones I saved … as soon as I go to make one they’ll be out of style again.

  7. Sascha says:

    Oh I never made them the first time around (I know, WTF?) and now I’m making them like crazy. The kids are thrilled. They are great for the car trips in which I am not the driver. I think I need to make myself an awesome bracelet and wear the sh!t out of it.

  8. Lia says:

    I’m with ya on the friendship bracelet parade. I made more than a few over the summer. I needed some refreshing but three rows in and it was like riding a bike. I felt a tiny bit silly until I saw a young college guy wearing one at In ‘n Out Burger. That was all the confirmation that I needed, Yes, they really are cool.

  9. Kimberly says:

    I adore them! Last year Things We Make hosted a friendship bracelet swap – so fun. And I still wear mine. Now you’ve got me thinking about whipping up some more.

  10. Svenna says:

    My niece was given friendship bracelet supplies last Christmas and I was teaching her to make them – I totally got into it again!

  11. mixette says:

    Seriously, *no one* is too old for a friendship bracelet! I love the way they looked stacked with some of these (see last photo.)

  12. Oh wow, a trip down memory lane! I had no idea they were stylish. Well, it will probably hit *here* next year. I still think they’re lovely….the wider the better.

  13. isoinpapu says:

    I´m in my 40´s and definately going to make and wear friendshipbracelet! I´ve always wanted, and now i´m going to. And oh, all my friends ofcourse, more or less in their 40 are going to get one too. Or two.

    I liked how you described having the flu. Me too, hit by a bus.

  14. Neus says:

    I used to do so many of these bracelets when I was a kid. We pass a lot of summer afternoons with my girl friends doing colourful bracelets!

  15. shisomama says:

    Flashback! I have been thinking about these lately, especially since I saw some Japanese craft books on friendship bracelets. Isn’t that funny? Then again, they also have books on making Hawaiian leis too.

    • meg says:

      I’m sure their models somehow make wearing leis looks deep. And I’m guessing their bracelets are infinitely cooler than mine.

  16. Angie says:

    Yikes…that first photo takes me back!

  17. Oh, you just made my heart ping a little. How many hours did I spend making those things, pins through jeans and all? Love.

  18. Suzanne says:

    How fun…I want one! Wait, I think I still have one in my jewelry box….

  19. Anna says:

    oh my goodness, this makes me so nostalgic. i used to spend hours and hours making these. i love the idea of picking up an old hobby again. i’m sure my box of embroidery floss is still sitting around my parent’s house somewhere…

  20. Amy says:

    I never did these until in my 20’s…20 years ago. But I was very good and had requests from adults for my fancy designs. I’m relearning with my 5 year old right now, or rather, I’m making and she’s picking colors. I LOVE the shot with the safety pin on your jeans!