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Friendship bracelets created with colorful thread knotted into interesting designs are a popular way to celebrate those you cherish. These hand-made bangles became popular in America in the early 1970s, but the art form originated in ancient China According to tradition, a friendship bracelet symbolizes the relationship between the giver and the recipient. Once given, the bracelet stays on the recipient's wrist until it falls off on its own. If the wearer cuts the ties before they fall off naturally, tradition dictates it means an early end to the friendship.

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1. Needed supplies

Friendship bracelets require nothing more than embroidery floss, scissors, and a safety pin. To get started, choose colors based on your pattern, and cut the floss to the appropriate size. Some bracelets require just one thread of each color. For these, cut the thread to 36-inches and knot the bunch of threads at the top. Some bracelets require doubles of each color. For these, cut the threads into 72-inches lengths. Fold the bunch of threads in half to double it. Knot the entire group of threads at the folded end, creating a small loop. Secure the knotted threads to a stable surface with a safety pin.

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