DIY Of The Day: Fishtail Friendship Bracelets.

I recently learned how to do a fishtail braid. Its like the heavens opened up and Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah started playing.

Its that good. So not only do I wear my hair in a fishtail, like every day, but COOKIE wears a fishtail too.

And then, naturally, I applied the fishtail braiding method to my other obsession: bracelet making.

AWESOME, Arent they?

Heres a basic how to in case you are interested:

Get as many strings as you want. They generally should be double the length of the bracelet… to be safe.


1. Knot the top leaving a little extra room for tying later.

2. Separate the strings into two halves.

3. Take one string, or two strings or even 3 or 4 strings from the TOP of the group on the right and cross them over the rest of the right group until they become the bottom of the group on the left.

4. Take a few strands from the TOP of the group on the left and then cross them over the left group until they become part of the BOTTOM of the group on the right.

5. Keep on going until you have a legnth you like.

6. Make a knot and tie as you please. I use the chinese staircase stitch over the strings from both sides at the end to make an adjustable and removable bracelet… Ill show that DIY one day, its very easy.

And there you go!

 The top one was done by crossing over single strands. For the middle one I used a bunch at a time. And the bottom one is a different stitch, I’ll show that one day too. 

This is also how to make a fishtail braid in your hair. Separate, cross and combine…

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  1. Friggin. AWESOME.
    I love them all!!
    PS Tan envy.

  2. super cute.I can imagine you both with braids- sweet!

  3. sara says:

    i just read your rant on 8/2 and felt compelled to comment on this post. i too rock the fishtail as does my daughter AND since she’s now into friendship bracelets (despite middle school friend DRAM-a) we shall attempt the fishtail friendship bracelet.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I think 6th and 7th grades were the worst years of my life. Girls can be so mean. Flash forward and Im spending my time watching grown women do the exact same shit on Bravo every night. Go figure.

      • sara says:

        i hear ya! beverly hills countdown… kyle vs camille round 2?

  4. michelle says:

    I always wanted to know how to do fishtail braids! Thanks for a well done clear explanation. Can’t wait to try it in my daughters hair and then bracelets with my leftover needle point string.

  5. I tried the chevron one from Honestly WTF and failed miserably. Miserably.I gave up. Doubt I can even do this one. I suck.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      You are a DIY goddess, you can make a braid! Keep trying.

  6. rachel says:

    Never saw fishtail before,very cool!I’m gonna try it on my challah this week, I hope I get it,thanx for all the great ideas!

  7. Danielle says:

    could you please do a tutorial for the other bracelet you’re wearing in that photo (besides the fishtail ones)?

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Ill find a tutorial online, if I can’t ill write one… it was a very long and boring bracelet to make! But easy… Stay tuned.

  8. Sydney says:

    Epic. I so love you right now. Sooo easy of a display ;)

  9. Sana says:

    these are awesome!
    have you done a tutorial for the bracelets on the bottom?
    “And the bottom one is a different stitch, I’ll show that one day too. ”
    haha i really want to know how to make those bracelets :)

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I actually haven’t! Give me a few days and Ill try to get one up!

  10. Tori says:

    What kind of string do you use for these bracelets, and where do you get it? & I love the fishtale (:

    • Ally says:

      It’s probably embrodery thread/ embrodery floss. You can get it at Micheals, Target, Walmart, any craft store and most supercenters(i.e. walmart.)

  11. interesting Macrame ideas –


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