Easy way to make 5-STRAND BRAID with thread or yarn

The gorgeously thick plaited hair of Rapunzel – isn’t that on most girls’ wishlist? Even if you do not have the impossibly thick hair in the fairytale, it is possible to make your hair look nicely plaited like that – by braiding using 5 sections.

This method uses the 5-strand braiding. It is one of the best ways to make belts, and trims as it is somewhat flat but with lots of texture.

And here is a tutorial for making the 5-strand braid.

5-strand braid – Tutorial

Take 5 strands of cord approximately 10 inches long (or as per your need)

Keep your yarn, fabric strips, fibers or whatever you are using, arranged in front of you; you need to see them clearly – I have clipped them on to my clip board. You can also tape or pin them on to a foam board.

Please remember that this braiding consists of just 2 movements of the yarn (Step 1 and Step 2); after doing this, these same movements are repeated again and again. It is that easy to make a 5 strand braid.

Step 1.

Cross the left strand (yellow) over the 2nd one (red). 

how to make a 5 strand braid

Step 2.

Bring the far right strand to the 2nd left poition. Not simply over the whole threads, but in a under over fashion. 

Step 3.

Bring the far left strand over the 2nd strand.(as you did in step 1)

5 strand braid

After this repeat the Step 2 and continue doing the step 1 and step 2 till you have your braid.

Pull tight (not too taut) at every step to get a neat and flat and even appearance.

After the first awkwardness, it is very easy to make this braid; your hands will automatically start doing the steps and you will have the braid in no time.

Related posts : How to make a 3-strand braid ; How to make a 4-strand braid.; How to make a 7 strand braid; Make your own t-shirt yarn



Updated on June 1, 2022 by Sarina Tariq


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2 thoughts on “Easy way to make 5-STRAND BRAID with thread or yarn”

  1. So after completing Steps 1 and 2 at the start, do you repeat Step 2 one more time before you continue with 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2? I think that’s what the instructions are saying but wanted to make sure. Thanks.
    PS I LOVE your posts! I have learned so many things. I taught myself to sew over the last 40 years, and crochet, etc. I am going to attempt to make my mother-of-the-groom dress for my son’s upcoming wedding. We’ll see.

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