Today, I’m going to show you a fun and easy macrame bracelet that is a twist on the traditional friendship bracelet. This two-tone woven bracelet can be made from any kind of twine or embroidery floss and is easily removable by adding a button (or bead) closure. This fun little piece is proof that the very best crafts can be simple!
- Hemp Twine or Bamboo Cord (I found the 20lb weight is perfect)
- Buttons (You can also substitute a bead)
- Craft Glue (optional)
First, cut two lengths of twine about 7 feet long. This will be a little longer than you need, but it’s better to have a little too much than not quite enough! They can be the same color but I like to make them two different colors.
Now, measure down about 12 inches, and double up the cord. This will give you two lengths of 12 inches, and 2 that are 72 inches. Tie an overhand knot. This will be the loop for your button closure, so be sure your button fits through this loop.
Separate your strands, leaving the two short ones in the middle, and the two longs one on the sides. Now, take one of the long strands and tie it around the two middle strands. If you made friendship bracelets as a kid, this will be a really familiar knot. In my photo above, I’m using the gray cord.
Then, make a second knot with that same cord.
Now, alternate to the other cord (in my case, the green one). Repeat the process, making two knots. Keep alternating sides, making two knots on each side.
When you have enough length (about 6 inches woven length – more or less if your wrist is larger or smaller than average), make an overhand knot to tie off the bracelet. You can add a small dot of craft glue to help secure it if you wish. If you do glue it, you can cut two of the tail ends off close to the knot.
Then, take your remaining two cords and use them to tie on your button closure. Knot your cords underneath the button – and again, you can use a dot of glue to help secure this knot. That’s it!
You, too, will probably find that you can’t make just one!
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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).