An accessory trend that has been cropping up all over the place lately from street-style spottings to offerings from high-end designers (Proenza Schouler and Marni, for example) are some seriously DIY-able accessories - friendship bracelets.
Be they the traditional knotted embroidery floss (below) variety you might recall from your days as either a summer camp counsellor or camper (I know I made and traded my fair share in my day, seed-bead bracelets (above), or the less traditional Proenza-esque cords, these are certainly something you could make yourself (see Andy's sweet DIY idea here).
If you want your own arm party full of trendy bracelets, you certainly don't need to shell out 100-200 dollars for a designer version. This is one knock-off that is well worth trying on your own. Cord, beads, embroidery floss and any other supplies you might need will only run you a few bucks at your local craft supply store, and the results look exactly the same as the (ridiculously) high-priced designer versions.
Between you and me? If you don't already have the steps to making these bracelets engraved in your memory from childhood summer days, pick up one of any books (like the one above), check out some youtube tutorials or any number of instructional websites. If you do, you'll be making some seriously sweet arm candy for yourself (without dropping too many dollars) in no time.
Top Three photos by Tommy Ton via Jak&Jil
Bottom photo via Honestly...WTF