Ok fun fans! For those of you who have a hard time calling yourself “crafty,” but would still like to participate in a “craft” THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!
I’ve created a tutorial for a very simple bracelet. You can make as many as you’d like, or keep it simple with just one! Obviously I made five…plus a matching one for Ginger. I have a life I swear! I just seem to keep choosing crafts over sleep.
Here are some pictures of the finished product.
Oh you wanted me to model them for you? Ok.
Now hold your horses, not only have I provided you with a static picture step-by-step tutorial, I went ahead and made Eric help me do a video tutorial as well. You can watch the video tutorial, its thorough and explains all the materials needed and whatnot, or you can use the pictures/written directions. But you can’t use both. KIDDING. Use me any way you’d like.
Yes, I am a TOTAL dork. But I’m old enough now to know I can’t change that.
If you’re at work, can’t spare 15 MINUTES on a video (Eric only has patience for one take, I’ll try to be quicker next time!) or prefer the scan-and-craft method, here you go!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HEMP BRACELET:
Materials and supplies:
1. Hemp, twine or cord
I prefer hemp, both for its Mary Jane smell and texture. The colored bracelets were made using dyed hemp twine (found at Joann’s) the light pink bracelet was made using a leather cord. This worked really well, but one package of leather cord made only one bracelet. Here’s a close-up of that light pink leather cord.
You can use any beads you like! I wanted bling so I went for gold. Just make sure that the hole in your bead is large enough to fit your hemp or twine through.
3. A clasp
I prefer a “lobster clasp.” Again, make sure the hole on the clasp is large enough to accommodate your hemp or cord.
STEP 1: Measure two pieces of hemp
If you are making a bracelet, measure around your wrist and then add 3-4 inches. Then DOUBLE this length. That is your short piece of hemp. For your long piece of hemp cut a piece that is 3X the FULL length of the short piece.
STEP 2. Tie your two pieces of hemp together
This will act as the other side of the clasp for your bracelet. Fold both of your hemp pieces in half. Tie a square knot at the top of your bracelet, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2″ of loop at the top. When you tie your knot pair one short piece with one long piece on each side. If you’d like you can use a chopstick or a pencil to tie your hemp on. This will make the perfect loop!
STEP 3: Make the Macrame Braid!
a. Arrange your hemp so that the two short pieces are centered between the two long pieces. You can anchor it to something if you’d like with tape or a safety pin.
b. We will be starting on the right, but it doesn’t matter which side you start on! Bring your LONG RIGHT piece and make a “P” shape OVER the two center cords. At all times try to keep your center cords from twisting. Otherwise things will get sloppy!
d. Bring your LONG LEFT piece up through the center of the “P.” The LONG LEFT piece will travel ON TOP of the center cords, but come up through the “P” from the back.
e. Pull both LONG PIECES snugly to make your braid. This is the basic braid. Keep those center cords flat! You want to pull the braid tight. Don’t get all crazy and pull it TOO tight. Just tight enough so that everything is snug. Use the same tension on each of your braids and things will stay nice and even.
To make your next braid, START ON THE LEFT SIDE. So you will make a “4” first, then a “P” then bring your RIGHT LONG PIECE up through the “4.” If you do not alternate sides your braid will do a spiral. This is a different braid. You’re welcome to do that one if you’d like! I like the flat braid a bit better with beads though.
Here is what a few braids will look like!
It can be hard to keep track of which side you’re on so here’s a trick! Do you see that TINY LITTLE LOOP on the braid?
That loop indicates which side you will start on! So because that loop is on the right in this picture, my next braid will begin with a “P.”
STEP 4: Add a bead
Obviously you can make any design you like. But I like to get started with about 1.5″ to 2″ of braiding, then begin to add my beads. Add your bead to one of your center cords. It doesn’t matter which one. Pull the bead up snug against the braid. Ideally your bead would fit over BOTH center cords, but mine didn’t. If your beads have large enough holes pull both through the bead. If, like me, your beads are smaller, just keep the extra center cord BEHIND the bead. Like this:
It might want to twist, but YOU’RE THE BOSS! Just finagle it back there.
Then do a braid (use that loop to determine which side to start on) around the bead. I did two braids between each bead. But again, that’s a matter of taste! However, I did find that if I tried to add more than one or two beads at once, they became hard to braid around.
Here’s what it will look like after a few beads! (If you’re having trouble with this step I go more in depth in the video)
Keep adding beads/braiding until the bracelet is the length you’d like. (This one is for my baby Gigi, so it’s TINY!) This is a trick I use (highly scientific) to keep things even each side.
STEP 5: Tie on your lobster clasp and trim the ends
You can add the clasp to any strand you like. I add mine to a center one. As you can see I didn’t leave NEARLY enough to really get a good tie. Don’t be like me.
With a short piece and long piece on each side (like you did in the beginning) tie a square knot around your clasp. Then trim off the ends! (If, like me, you run out of center cord, just do your best. I tied my knot using mostly the otter pieces. Not ideal, or as secure, but it works!) Then trim the ends.
Here’s the finished bracelet.
And the cutest model alive.
I’m not trying to look mysterious in that photo, it’s just hard to hold that baby still, smile, and not get hair in my lip gloss. Oh the trials of a crafty MOM!
Ok! I hope that you are inspired to get crafty! I love you all, and let me know if you have any questions or if I need to clarify anything! And as always, I would freaking love to see some pictures! Why will you never share your pictures?! SHARE WITH ME PEOPLE!