I love making intricate handmade gifts for my family and friends during the holidays but sometimes, as most of you can relate, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I hardly have time to brush my teeth much less make gifts that take hours to complete. That’s what I love about this sailor knot bracelet DIY! Once you get the hang of how to create the knot, the whole bracelet can be made in under 20 minutes! A gorgeous and easy last minute gift? Score!
The other great thing about this sailor knot bracelet DIY is that it’s fully customizable! Consumer Crafts has tons of bungee cord options that you can mix and match until you find the perfect combination to gift a friend. Just keep in mind that the sailor knot works best on rounded cords.
- Bungee Cord.
- Ribbon End Kumihimo Findings.
- Dazzle-Tac Jewelry Glue.
- Darice 5 inch Flat Long Nose Pliers.
Step One. Follow the pictures below to tie your knot. Don’t worry if it takes you a couple attempts until you’re happy with the look. Just a hint: The bungee cords are going to continuously shift so you’ll have to hold down one portion of cord while manipulating the other. Looks and sounds harder than it really is. Eventually, you’ll memorize the moves and it’ll be super easy!
Step Two. Measure out the length you want for the bracelet, wrap a piece of tape to mark, and trim off excess cording. If necessary, remove a bit of the tape from the edge (about 1/4 inch) so that you can apply jewelry glue to prevent the fibers from unraveling. Repeat on the other side.
Step Three. Use pliers to clamp the findings into place. I had to add an additional jump ring to the straight portion of the closure section because it wasn’t fitting through the loop. Yours will probably fit but I wanted to give you a heads up just in case!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.