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Friendship bracelets: easy project invites summer spirit All photos Taken by Alix Glickman '23

Each year when summer rolls around, you are guaranteed to see people with friendship bracelets stacked to their elbows. People take a liking to the ample amount of creativity and freedom that these bracelets permit. You get to choose your desired stitch and color scheme for the bracelet. They are a fun gift to make for your friends, or even yourself. The bracelets are extremely easy to make and require minimal supplies. Run to your local Walmart, Michaels, Target or CVS for friendship bracelet string, and you are all set.

The first stitch is called candy stripe and is the easiest one. You will need at least four different colors/strings. Then measure the strings from the tip of your finger to your shoulder, and cut them. After, tie a knot at the top to secure the string. Place the knot of the string under a clipboard, or tape it to a hard surface.

To begin the stitch, you are going to create the number four with the string farthest to the left. Then pull the string under and through to create a knot, slide that knot all the way up to the base of the string. Repeat this process twice, and then repeat on the other strings. Continue to move from left to right until the bracelet is the length of your wrist. Once completed you can tie it around your wrist, to make the knot stronger you can put clear nail polish on the knot.

This next stitch is called the v-stitch and is a bit more complicated than the previous one. Once again, you will need at least four different colors/ strings; however, this time you will be doubling the measurement (about two arm's length). Then you are going to find the halfway mark of the string, and make the loop there. It should look like you have eight strings, but it is really four doubled. Then split the strings in half so there is one of each color on either side. Starting from the left you will repeat the process of making a four, pulling it through and tying a knot twice. Repeat this on the other strings for that designated side. Once you are in the middle, start from the right side and make a backward four, then pull the string through and tie the knot twice. Repeat this until you reach the middle.

Once you are in the middle, start from the right side and make a backward four, then pull the string through and tie the knot twice. Repeat this until you reach the middle. After that, make another four with the two strings in the middle and tie the knot two times (the strings should be the same color)

These simplistic bracelets are such a fun pop of color that adds to your everyday jewelry. They serve as a great activity for the summer because they are fast to make, and are also a project to do amongst other friends. There are so many variations and color combos to try, these friendship bracelet possibilities are endless.