Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets – Free Printable Template

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Jelleyfish bracelet tutorial with printable template.

Jelleyfish bracelet tutorial with free printable template.

A while back, I tried to teach Noelle how to make friendship bracelets.  I used to spend hours making these when I was a kid.  It didn’t go overly well with Noelle. I’m not sure if she was still a bit too young or she just wasn’t interested. Determined to find something easier for her to make, I found some Pinterest posts on how to make woven bracelets (I wanted to give credit to one great post in particular but it’s a broken link now).  I got out an old cereal box and some embroidery thread and sat down to test it out – it worked! Inspired by this super easy friendship bracelet idea, I created a simple template that you can print out, glue onto some light cardboard (cereal boxes or pasta boxes work well), cut out and you’re ready to go.

Oh, and I have no idea what the real name is for these sorts of bracelets but Noelle and I named them Jellyfish Bracelets because as you’re making them, they look like jellyfish (see photos below).


  • Light cardboard box that you can cut up (cereal, oatmeal or pasta boxes for example)
  • Download Template
  • Paper
  • Embroidery floss – Up to 7 colours
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Any jewellery findings if you want to make it removable, otherwise just tie the bracelet right on your wrist
Printable Jellyfish Bracelet Template

Click to download – Printable Jellyfish Bracelet Template


  1. Download the printable template and print onto a piece of paper
  2. Cut out one of the circles from the paper and glue onto a piece of your cardboard (make sure to get the edges of the circle covered really well with glue).  Let the glue dry completely. (If you aren’t patient enough to do the whole glue thing, you could just copy the template design directly onto the cardboard with a pen).
  3. Now cut the cardboard with the paper glued onto it around the edge of the circle to where the tips of the arrow heads are. Cut a slit in each line that has the arrow head, about the same distance as the line itself. Use the sharp end of your scissors to poke a hole in the middle, approximately the size of the circle.
  4. Now grab your embroidery floss and cut either 7 or 14 pieces (2 of each colour) all 18″ long  for adults or about 14″ for smaller kids. I find that doubling up the floss (using 14 pieces) is thicker and goes a bit faster.
  5. Knot together all the embroidery thread at one end so that there is still a little tail of ends.
  6. Careful thread the ends of all the thread through the hole so that the knot is on the back side of your template/cardboard.  Put one piece of each thread (2 pieces per slit if you’re using 14 pieces of floss) into each slit so that it’s snug into place – see Photo A.
  7. Now, turn the template so that the empty space is pointing to your chest.  Count 3 slit spaces to the left from there (approx. the 10:00 pm position if it were a clock).  Take that piece(s) out of the slit and place into the empty space that is facing your chest – see Photos B and C.
  8. Turn the template counterclockwise so that the empty space is again pointing to your chest and repeat step 7.
  9. Keep your thumb gently over the hole in the middle to make sure that the bracelet remains in position while you’re moving the threads around. You’ll also want to run your fingers through the threads underneath the template from time to time to prevent the threads from getting tangled.
  10. Eventually you’ll start seeing the bracelet appear underneath once you get going – see Photo D. Keep going until you’ve reached your desired length. Tie off the end and finish off as you please (I added some clasps so my daughter’s bracelets so she could take hers on and off but you can keep things simple and just tie the two ends of your bracelet together).

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Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Follow this tutorial to create your own jellyfish bracelet.

Follow this tutorial to create your own jellyfish bracelet.


22 Comments on Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets – Free Printable Template

  1. Monica
    August 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM (8 years ago)

    When my younger daughter was five or six, she and I went to a special event at our library. She had just been asking how threads get woven together to make fabric, etc., and the event was about weaving and looms. They read Charlie Needs a Cloak and Agatha’s Feather Bed (GREAT books), passed around cotton boles, demonstrated carding and spinning, and talked about different kinds of looms.

    Then they taught the kids how to make bracelets with these looms, and said they were smaller-scale versions of looms invented by Japanese fishermen to braid rope. The process is called Kumihimo, and there appears to be a number of variations, but all based on the same concept.


  2. Monica
    August 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM (8 years ago)

    Oh, and just as an aside, if you have any foam-core scraps from other projects (or just decide to buy a small sheet of it from a craft store), they make very sturdy Kumihimo looms.

  3. The Blue Ewe
    September 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM (8 years ago)

    Just as a side note…did you know that Kumihimo means “coming together of threads”?

    • Monica
      September 15, 2013 at 7:03 AM (8 years ago)

      No, I didn’t know that! How appropriate! 🙂 Thank you!

  4. haley
    October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM (8 years ago)

    These instructions & pictures were so easy to follow thank you so much! I just made my first bracelet and it was a success. 🙂

    • Jamey
      October 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM (8 years ago)

      I’m so happy it worked for you. Yes, I think its really easy too – great for younger children who are having trouble following the instructions for a traditional friendship bracelet.
      ~ Jamey

  5. christie
    October 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM (7 years ago)

    Where did you find the bracelet clasps?

    • Jamey
      October 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM (7 years ago)

      I found mine at Michaels.
      ~ Jamey

  6. Leslie
    April 6, 2014 at 5:39 AM (7 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I bought a kit with everything in it for me and my Grandaughter since we always do crafts when she is over. This will be our next craft!

  7. Cassi
    June 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM (7 years ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing the printable pattern, it’s a huge help! I’ll be sharing this on The Crafty Crow soon 🙂

  8. Patricia
    October 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM (7 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this activity. I am teaching a group of 8-12 year old girls about what it means to be a friend and this is a great activity.

  9. Katie
    April 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM (6 years ago)

    I love the bracelets and have made many using your template, thank you!

    I do not enjoy the clasps since mine keep slipping off, and I don’t want to just knot it since there are 12 strings, in the top image there’s some kind of double knot, how did you achieve this?

  10. Laura
    June 19, 2015 at 10:56 AM (6 years ago)

    My students loved learning this technique. It was all the rage at the end of the year. I just wanted you to know that your post really helped me out! I just blogged about it myself and linked it to your website, so thank you!

    • Jamey
      June 19, 2015 at 11:14 AM (6 years ago)

      Oh Laura, I’m so glad it was a success. I love hearing stories like this!!! I’m really happy that it helped and the kids had fun. I’m also appreciative of the blog mention too.
      ~ Jamey

  11. Dog Breeds
    October 25, 2016 at 2:48 AM (4 years ago)

    Oh I’ve never known that there is this technique. I only know how to make 3 strings friendship bracelet with my two feet 😀 Thank you for sharing!! Gonna make this one.

  12. june
    July 27, 2017 at 9:59 PM (4 years ago)

    I’ve been making these for years. Usually on extended car rides. I’ve added tassels and attached them to book pillows as book marks and and also used them on zippers as pulls and key fobs with alphabetical letters to make name bracelets. ect. Lately been adding to pencils with names using lettered beads. Just fun stuff.

    • elizabeth jack purkey
      August 8, 2019 at 12:57 PM (2 years ago)

      try pony beads next time

  13. Trish Revill
    July 22, 2018 at 12:11 AM (3 years ago)

    Hello Jamey
    Thank you so much for your information about these friendship bracelets and the free download. They were very useful to me this weekend, as we made the friendship bracelets at our children’s meeting at church. The theme was “friendships”, and I wanted to provide a craft activity that did not need pages of instructions, like some friendship bracelets do! The girls had all made bracelets before, but none like this and it kept them happy and occupied for ages. Their grandmas, mums and our vicar liked them too! I had never heard of Kumohimi before and this has opened out a new craft for me too. So thank you once again.

  14. Darlena Mixson
    November 10, 2018 at 5:52 PM (2 years ago)

    Excellent directions! Thanks for the template.

  15. Karin
    December 20, 2018 at 8:57 AM (2 years ago)

    What jewelry findings did you use?

  16. Emma
    March 11, 2019 at 4:38 PM (2 years ago)

    Hi Jamey, just wondered was there a way of finishing off the bracelet without using the clasps as don’t have them. Thank you for explaining it well looking forward to naming with my daughter ❤❤

  17. Rose Rodrigues
    April 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much!!


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