There was a time in my life — or a series of summers, rather — when every single pair of socks I owned was connected to a safety pin and dangling strands of colorful string. The scenario I’m describing, of course, is the way that dedicated friendship bracelet-makers would get to work. (Scotch tape was for the birds; real makers used safety pins.)
For some reason I only made them during summer, so from the months of June to August, I’d find any excuse I could to sneak away from my camp activities, which typically included flag football or toy car restoration hacks (I’m not super clear on what kind of camp this was to be honest), and park it on the grass so I could work on my friendship bracelets. Because that is what mattered in the late ’90s.
I was terrible in the beginning — every design I made had weird bumps and unintentional squiggles. But I kept at it and eventually got pretty darn good. I’d raise the stakes, telling myself that a real ace could whip up a chevron-style band with 20+ colors and I wouldn’t give up until I finished. (I know, I was a go-getter.)
It’s been YEARS since I had that kind down time, but I’ll get back around to it one day. In the meantime, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite friendship bracelet designs. Here they are:
from Make It and Fake It
from The Gilded Hare
from Crafts Unleashed