Good morning! I’ve got a simple design to share with you today that doesn’t take any weaving, beading, or even special techniques or tools. If you can wrap and use glue, then you can make this bracelet. It’s a fast project, which is always my favorite. Here’s the two-tone design with natural cords, where the spiral clasp is the star:
Supplies to make your own easy wrapped bracelet:
- Spiral clasp – I got mine at Goody Beads. It’s available in a 3.2mm size and a 6.2mm size, but now that I’m sitting down to write this post, I see they’re both sold out this week. I used the 6.2mm size that you will find in the 5mm leather category when it’s back in stock, if you’re looking for this exact clasp. This style would work for any decorative clasp, though – so get creative!
- Cotton, hemp, or bamboo cord in coordinating colors. This can be any size, as long as the total diameter fits your end cap.
- Contrasting thread – I used silver to match my clasp, but again – this style is only limited by the colors and textures you dream up.
- Scissors and jewelry glue
This bracelet is easy to construct, and the only thing you’ll need to be careful of is keeping your cords at an even tension as you wrap (if one gets longer than the other, it will curve). Oh, and also not gluing yourself. But hey, that happens to even the best of us, sometimes. Ahem.
Cut your cords at about 8 inches (more or less, if your wrist is larger or smaller). You may also want to make adjustments if your clasp is especially large or small, because that will add length once you glue it on. 8 inches is more than you need for length, but you will want at least 1/2 inch on each end to work with and trim off at the end. You may notice below that I’ve taped my ends before cutting them off – larger woven cords may need to be cut this way to hold together.
Just tie a knot, and begin wrapping the end! I wrapped about 3/4 inch.
Once your end is tightly wrapped (and you’ve checked that it will fit into your end cap), wrap down the length of your cords to the other end. Wrap that end with a tight wrap to match your starting point. I also wrapped back to the beginning to give my wraps a criss-crossed look, but that’s totally up to your style.
To finish it off, tie a knot at the end, and trim the cord ends closely. Add a few drops of glue to your end cap (making sure to get all the way around the cap) and add the end cap on. I waited to trim my thread until I knew it was securely glued.
Add the other end of the clasp to the other end of your bracelet, making sure it’s rotated so that the ends will clasp together (and that one end isn’t twisted to an odd angle). And that’s it! When the glue dries in about 5 minutes, it will be ready for wear – making this piece about a 10-minute design.
I went with earthy colors here, but I’m thinking a neon combo with embroidery thread would also be adorable.
What colors are you wearing this summer, anyway? I’m curious what’s hot in your neck of the woods!