One of my most popular posts here at Happy Hour Projects is actually a very early one. With crappy photos, but it was back before anyone really read here, haha – I was still finding my style. It’s one of my all-time favorite crafts, though: a hemp and seed bead woven wish bracelet. Did you wear these as a kid? The story goes, you tie it on your wrist, make a wish, and when the cords wear through and the beads fall off, your wish is released and will come true. Which is a really fun idea for kids. And kids at heart.
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to update it for… well like 2 years now. And I’ve finally gotten around to it. And to show that it truly is a 10-minute (or less) project, I actually did a video tutorial that clocks in around 8 minutes. Here’s what you will need:
- 3 lengths of hemp cord 15-18 inches long (cut lengths closer to 21-24 inches for ankle-length bracelets)
- Size 6/0 seed beads
- Clipboard or tape to hold your bracelet steady as you work
A quick tip for your cord: if you find it’s unraveling and you can’t get your beads strung, you can add a dab of craft glue to the ends of your hemp. This hemp is just the cheap stuff (about 15-lb weight).
Take a peek at the video for the how-to! If you prefer photos, you can also visit the original photo tutorial for wish bracelets I posted a couple years ago.
Happy braiding! Are you wishing for anything special this spring?