Happy Monday! I have a fun jewelry project for you this morning that uses simple macrame and beads. In fact, it’s a pretty common design, but if you’ve seen the look and wondered how to do it, I can show you!
What you will need:
- 20 lb. Hemp (you can also use cotton, jute, bamboo or even embroidery floss – this is a very versatile project!)
- Glass beads with a large enough hole for your cord (these are some cool recycled glass beads I got from Happy Mango Beads)
- Glue-on end caps and jewelry glue
These end caps are approximately 7mm. They fit 5 strands of hemp, which is why I used this design, but if you get 4mm-5mm sized end caps, you can do this with just three strands of hemp as well.
Cut 5 strands about 3-4 feet long. If you are running short on twine, it’s okay of your center strand is only about 12 inches, but the strands you will use to make the knots need to be a lot longer.
Glue on your end cap. Secure your end – I like to clip it to a clipboard while I work. Separate your strands so that 2 go to the right, 2 go to the left, and one is in the center (again, the center one can be shorter). Tie a knot around the center cord. You will do this by passing the left cords over the center strand, and passing the right cords under the center strand, then up through the gap between the left and center cords. It’s just like making a regular square knot, but the center cord is secured inside. Snug your knot up.
Repeat this as many times as you like. I made 5 knots to get started, but this is totally your preference. If you want to use fewer beads, you can center them along the top, and fill in the two ends with just knots. Or, you can begin adding beads right away – this is totally a matter of preference. When you are ready to begin adding beads, this is how you do it.
Thread a bead onto the center strand and move it up to the bottom of your existing knots. Continue knotting as you were, placing the knot under the bead. Tighten it up, securing the bead. I made a second knot after the bead before adding the next one on.
When you reach the length you like (approximately a 6 inch woven length), cut off your cords and glue on the other end cap.
This length may vary a little depending on a few things – the most common length for a bracelet is 7 inches (though you can make this larger or smaller depending on your wrist size). The end caps and clasp will usually add about 1 inch. So a 6-inch woven length will give you the 7-inch bracelet. But, if you are using larger beads (like these), you need a slightly longer bracelet, because the inner diameter will be smaller with larger beads.
Just attach a clasp, and your bracelet is ready for wear (or gifting)!