Learn how to make a Fishtail Stretch Bracelet. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea that is fun for all ages! The new trend in friendship bracelets.
I love these new Stretch Bracelets! I think they are so much fun to make, and they are easy enough that I can make them with my daughters!
A couple weeks ago I shared a tutorial for an Easy Stretch Bracelet. The bracelet in today’s tutorial is a little bit more difficult but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty simple as well.
Supplies Used to Make a Fishtail Stretch Bracelet
Some links may be to similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
- Mini Bands
- Wood Board or Box w/ 2 nails
The nails need to be about 1 1/4 inches apart. So I marked the spacing on the lid of the box.
Then nailed them into place.
How to Make a Fishtail Stretch Bracelet
First I selected what colors I wanted to use, and the pattern they would go in. I kept my color pattern on the table so I could always remember what color came next.
The first band needs to be twisted on the nails so it looks like a figure eight.
Add 2 more bands to the nails. The other bands are placed on normally, it is only the very first band that needs to be twisted. Make sure to keep your colors in order.
Take each side of the bottom band (here is yellow) and pull over the nails and the other bands so it looks like below.
Place the next color band over the nails, and repeat the last step. Take the bottom band that is still on the nails and pull over the nails and other bands.
Repeat. Place the next color band over the nails and repeat the last step. Take the bottom band that is still on the nails and pull over the nails and other bands.
Keep repeating that same step. Place the next color band over the nails and repeat the last step. Take the bottom band that is still on the nails and pull over the nails and other bands.
Repeat until you are at the desired length for your bracelet.
To finish the bracelet continue looping the last bands over the nails without adding the additional band on top, till you are left with a single band still on the nails.
It was hard to get a good picture of this step so I am going to explain it the best I can.
Take one side of the last band and put it through the opening of the same band on the other side of the nail and pull tight. This basically knots the band through itself. Now you can remove the bracelet from the nails, and it won’t unravel.
When you purchase the stretch bands there are clear clasps that are included. String both ends of the bracelet into a clasp.
That is all there is to it. Now you are ready to wear your bracelet out on the town!
I think these bracelets are cute and fun for all ages. My girls love them, but even I get compliments when I wear mine. So don’t be afraid to rock these, no matter how young or (in my case) old you are!
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