How to Tie Friendship Bracelets

Elastic cord is the preferred choice for making beaded friendship bracelets because it’s comfortable and easily fits any wrist. However, if you’ve ever tried to tie a simple knot with elastic cord, you know it can be challenging. You don’t want the bracelet you just made to suddenly fall apart. Using a Surgeon’s Knot will make your bracelet more secure; that extra loop really helps.

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Pro Tip: Always pre-stretch your elastic. If you don’t pre-stretch, the material will stretch over time and you will get gaps in your strung design.

Here are the steps to tie a Surgeon’s Knot with a stretchy cord:
  1. Cross and Wrap:
    • Start by crossing the cord on the left over the cord on the right.
    • Wrap the cord on the right side over the cord in your left hand and bring it back up through the middle.
  2. First Loop:
    • Repeat the first step to create an additional loop. This involves wrapping the cord on the right side over the cord in your left hand again and bringing it back up through the middle. You should have two wraps around the cord now.
  3. Final Wrap:
    • Bring the right side of the cord over the top of the left.
    • Wrap it around and through the middle of the knot.
  4. Secure and Tighten:
    • Pull on each side of the cord to secure the base of the knot.
    • Ensure to tighten the knot from all sides. The gel-like cord will tug within the knot and secure itself.

By following these steps, you should have a secure Surgeon’s Knot that is well-suited for stretchy cords.

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To add extra security (and peace of mind) to your bracelet. A little drop of glue on the knot will go a long way. Make sure you use a flexible glue like our favorite GS- Hypo Cement.

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