Today’s hemp bracelet project is a simple bracelet made from bamboo tiles and hemp twine that you can personalize in any way you like. This bamboo and hemp bracelet makes a great handmade gift, or just a fun piece for yourself!
- Bamboo Tiles (I used black)
- Hemp Twine
- 7mm End Caps and Clasp
- Jewelry Glue
- Your Choice of Tile Decor (I used acrylic paint)
First, I decorated my tile. You can personalize this part in any way you like. I just used a craft punch to make a simple stencil out of vinyl, and I sponged a bit of silver paint on to create the heart shape. You can freehand your design, or use your vinyl cutting machine to make a more complex stencil – whatever suits your mood!
Next, thread two 9 inch strands of hemp through the holes. For this hemp bracelet project, I used 36-lb natural colored hemp, but 20-lb hemp in any color would work just fine. You will be trimming your ends down to 6 inches long, but you will want a little bit of excess to work with that you can trim off at the end.
Next, cut a 30-inch strand of hemp, and tie it close to the tile. You want one end of this long strand to be as long as your other strands (about 4 inches) and the other end to be a little over 24 inches.
Now, take the long end of the strand, and wrap it tightly around the other three strands of hemp. You will want to wrap about 2 – 1/2 to 3 inches, depending on the size of your wrist. A standard size for a bracelet is 7 inches, but you can make yours longer or shorter if you need to. Just keep in mind that the tile is about an inch, and your clasp will also add about an inch to the length. You want these wrapped sections to be equal lengths, so 2 1/2 inches on each side will give you your 7-inch hemp bracelet.
Add a dot of glue to the strand itself at the end so that it doesn’t unravel while you work. I like using Aleene’s because it’s quick-drying and works well adhering different kinds of components together (like gluing metal end caps onto twine).
Once it’s dry, cut off the end, add a bit of glue to your end caps, and glue them onto the ends of your bracelet. This set of end caps comes with a toggle clasp, although you can certainly substitute a different kind of clasp if you prefer a different kind.
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).