DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial

Have you seen the Shamballa-style bracelets and thought about making your own?  With basic macrame techniques, a bit of cord and beautiful beads, you can!  They add some sparkle to any outfit, and are a hit with jewelry lovers of all ages.  Today’s tutorial will walk you through how to make your own adjustable shamballa-style bracelet.

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DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial First – cut three lengths of cord, two about 20 inches long, and one about 6 feet long.  You will need an additional 2 feet of cord to finish the sliding closure at the end, so be sure you have around 12 feet of cord to work with before you get started.  Secure your two 20-inch cords to your work surface.  I like to use a clipboard for this, but you can pin it or clip it to whatever surface works for you.  (Growing up, I’d use a safety pin and pin bracelets right to the knee of my jeans.) :) Find the center of your long cord, and tie it around your two shorter cords about 6 inches down from the top.  I’ll refer to the shorter cords as your center cords when I explain the knots, and each side of the longer cord as the right and left strand.  In fact, there’s no rule that you HAVE to have 2 center cords – but it makes a wider bracelet than just using one.  You can try more if you like too – just be sure that whatever you use, the hole in your beads fits onto ALL your center cords. I moved the whole bracelet up my clipboard to give me more room to work – so you’ll see short ends here – just know that they are still there – just clipped underneath!  Next, I used a bit of craft glue on the ends of my two center strands to keep them from unraveling.  It helps a lot when it’s time to add beads, though it’s not required – especially if you are using beads with large holes. DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial Now, the knots can be intimidating when you try it for the first time, but it’s really just a simple square knot, capturing those center cords inside.  I’ll break down the knot step by step for you.  You can begin on either the right or the left side (you will alternate, beginning your knot from each side as you go) but I started on the right side.  The photos below will walk you through. First, pass your right strand over the center cords, making a loose loop.  Then, take your left cord and pass it over the right cord, then under the center strands.  Finally, pass it back over the loop you made on the right, and feed it through the loop.  Pull on both the right and the left strands to close the knot, keeping your center cords taut.  If you’ve done it right, you’ll find that you’ve just made an everyday square knot, capturing the center cords inside. DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial Now, begin your knot on the other side.  Pass your LEFT strand over the center cords, making a loose loop.  Take your right cord and pass it over the left cord, then under the center strands.  Finally, pass it back over the loop you made on the left, and feed it through the loop.  Pull the knot snug. DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial You have to alternate from one side to the next to keep your weaving straight.  If you only begin your knot from one side, the knots will make a spiral.  Which is also really lovely – it’s just not the look we’re going for in this style bracelet! Now, continue knotting along the bracelet to create length, alternating from right to left as you work.  For this 5-bead style, create 1-1/2 inches of knots.  Then, string a bead onto BOTH center strands.  (You’ll see how that glue comes in handy in this step!)  Then, continue to make a few knots (I made 4, but for different styles you can add more or fewer beads, or use more or fewer knots!) DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial After you have added all five 12 mm beads, then finish off the rest of the bracelet with another 1-1/2 inches of knots, creating a total length of 6 1/2 inches.  You don’t have to keep strictly to the pattern I am using, get creative! As long as you create a knotted length of approximately 6 1/2 inches total, it can be any combination you like. When you get to the end, thread your right and left cords onto a large, blunt tipped needle, and feed the tails back into the bracelet.  Go in at least 4 knots – more is fine!  Now, trim off the loose ends! DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial Next, you will need to create our sliding closure.  To do this, you’ll be using the same knots as you did in the bracelet, only instead of knotting them onto two center cords, you’re going to make knots over the tail ends of your bracelet. First, wrap your two tail ends over each other.  Don’t stress if they aren’t even, you just need to make sure you’re working with enough excess that they do NOT pull out while you are working.  All four cords need to stay secure – we will create a stopper next, but for now you won’t have that safeguard.  (It’s also why I told you to make these tails longer than your finished length to begin with.) Cut off a 2-foot length of cord, find the center, and tie it around all 4 cords.  It should be snug, but not so tight that the bracelet ends can’t move.  Make sure your sliding closure still slides!  Now, tie 1/2 inch worth of knots.  When you get to the end, feed the tails back through ALL the knots – just like we did with the bracelet, only heavy-duty!  This part of the bracelet will get the most wear, so you really can’t be *too* secure here.  Trim off the ends so they don’t show.  Those tucked-in tails won’t go anywhere. DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial Almost finished!  Now is where you will even up the bracelet ties and add stoppers, so your bracelet won’t come undone with wear.  Carefully expand it so that it fits over the widest part of your wrist, making sure to center the slider.  At this point on each end, tie an overhand knot to stop it from sliding any farther.  It’s always pretty to thread on a bead, and tie another knot here – but it is totally optional.  You can trim it off just beyond the knot if you prefer. DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial And now you have a trendy piece to be proud of making!  As with any kind of repetitive craft (like tying dozens of knots!), you will probably find that you find your own technique and rhythm.  Your first bracelet will be lovely, but will probably take about 90 minutes.  With more experience you will find you can zip right through them, and you’ll find your knots become more uniform, resulting in a professional-quality piece. DIY Shamballa-Style Bracelet Tutorial I would love to hear about it if you make one of these bracelets!  There’s so much room to personalize it and make it your own – I can’t wait to see what style you come up with!



About Adrianne

Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at 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).


  1. Shannon says

    Thank you for doing a step by step of this and I see you have other styles too. I just made a necklace using this tutorial and I love the way it turned out. I am not good at what I call “fiddly” crafts and you made it easy for me. I hope your 4th was great!

  2. Meg says

    I love making these with lettered beads! My family and friends love them and I also make them using my local dog rescues initials and give them to the rescue to sell and do fund raising with :)

  3. Cari says

    HI! Thank you so much for posting these instructions! I made this exact bracelet because I love the colors so much and I wanted to get it down right before adding my own creativity. Everyone I showed it to at work loved it! Your instructions were very detailed and easy to follow and I really appreciate the tips and suggestions on how to make it different. I can’t wait to start making more! Thanks again!

  4. says

    Oooooo I love the look of those beads! I haven’t ever used a needle to finish off a bracelet… I think it would be a great end result though! I can’t wait to try it out. :)

  5. says

    I have always loved creating macrame bracelets, Adrianne! I LOVE these beads that you used…I’ll have to grab a pack from Consumer Crafts! Happy Wednesday!

  6. JJH says

    Loved your tutorial on this bracelet. Learned a new technique from you on finishing it by using a needle
    to tuck in the ends. I have been tying and gluing the ends and have never liked the end result. Can’t wait to try your method, THANKS

  7. Beverly Deardurff says

    After reading your tutorial, I thought the bracelet would make a unique “pony-tail” holder with a few adjustments. Then, I remembered what I did with my Pandora charms. My oldest daughter, Tiffany, started one for me. I didn’t like the bracelet because the charms kept hitting the table bothering me. I came up with this idea. I couldn’t wear my wedding band with my 10 year diamond anniversey ring because they were cutting into my left ring finger. So, I took my anniversey ring and two colors of Pandora twine; pink and gray. I doubled each cord, using one pink and one gray on each side I poked the two ends of one color though it’s loop; so it was secured to my ring. Now, on each side of my ring I have 4 strands of cord. I’d macramed a couple of knots, slid on a charm on the two center cord, macramed three knots, slid on a charm, macramed, and slid on a charm. You can follow my pattern. I did this on both sides. The necklace is full and I learned that my daughter-in-law is going to have a litttle girl. The charm is picked out. Now, I have to figure out how I’m going to add it to my necklace. I’ll probably’ll have to take it all apart, change the pattern, remove some beads that really don’t fit, and make another one to correspond with it.


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