Introduction: How to Make a Simple Macrame' Bracelet (or Necklace)

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Taking a long road trip this summer? Well, we know how boring those can be. That's why we're gonna show you how to make some awesome hemp bracelets. It'll keep you awake and you can keep the driver awake. Plus, hemp is for both guys and girls, so guys, get our your hemp too and let's get ready to hit the road!

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Here's the complete show, but read on for step-by-step detailed instructions.

Step 1: The Hemp

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Get out your hemp twine. if you don't want to use hemp there is a wide variety of colored cord you can chose from. the thicker the cord the bigger your bracelet or necklace. Cut off two long strands.

Step 2: Loop the Hemp

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Take one of the strands, fold it in half and loop it over a rounded stick such as a paint brush or pencil. Do the same to the other strand. Now, you have four strands hanging down.

Step 3: The Knot

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Take the right strand, pull it over the two inner strands and under the left strand. Pull the left strand behind the two inner strands and through the loop created by the right strand.

Step 4: Half Square Knot

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This is a half square knot. Pull it tight to the top. And, repeat those steps over and over and over. You will get this twisted look.

Step 5: Adding the Shell or Bead

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Once you are about half way done, get out a special shell or bead and pull the 2 inner (called the "anchors") and pull them through the hole in your shell or bead.

Step 6: Almost There!

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Continue to tie half square knots until you have reached your desired length. Now, remove the stick from the loops and pull the anchor strands to make your end loops a little smaller.

Step 7: You're Done!

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Pull two of your strands through the end loops. Put it on your wrist and tie a knot. For a necklace, just make it longer. Add more beads or shells or go without any at all... hey, it's up to you!


youngca made it! (author)2018-01-01

thanks though but not the kind I need.

youngca (author)2018-01-01

thats not the kind that I was looking for.

rxima (author)2016-07-31

it looks a bit like DNA :)

rxima (author)rxima2016-07-31

but very cool

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-12-29

always wondered how they did that....

TY for sharing

How to Macrame (author)2011-05-27

I like the "take it with you" approach. I'm always falling asleep in the passenger's seat, so this is a great idea!

hey girl rawr (author)2011-01-23

Alittle too fast of a video but after watching it a few times a figured out how to make a pretty cool braclet :) (';')

wobbler (author)2010-08-16

Great Instructible. I'm going to make one tonight. However, for a necklace, I'd make sure it has a weak point or clasp so if it does get trapped or pulled it breaks away and doesn't strangle you!

redbeatles (author)2010-06-22

Very Biautiful!

CrazySheep (author)2010-06-15

Roughly, how long should it be for both a bracelet and necklace? Using twine like yours?

brokenbones (author)2010-02-27

Thats wiked beast

NatureBoom21 (author)2010-02-17

so..... the 2 outer strands go around and around the 2 middle strands?

R4Man18 (author)2009-11-26

did it in a movie vehic... very impressive and cute foot

Khaos11 (author)2008-08-09

mine doesn't twist like yours does, it just stays flat :P idk what I did wrong but it still looks cool thanks

midnightguitar (author)Khaos112009-09-04

ok dude heres what you gotta do .Always do your first cross over from the same side it doesnt matter what side but its gotta be the same side

Ferrite (author)Khaos112008-08-18

You keep alternating which cord goes over which, you have to keep going the same to to make it spiral.

Khaos11 (author)Ferrite2008-08-20

o ok

icedog515 (author)Khaos112008-09-24

hey, do u know where i can get some monster-hitman? you seem like you like monster

Khaos11 (author)icedog5152008-09-27

no, i havent been able to find it either

icedog515 (author)Khaos112008-09-27


Khaos11 (author)icedog5152008-10-11

but your right i do love monster

bubba77 (author)Khaos112009-03-16

buy it in bulk at bj;s :D

jason-the-ace (author)2009-04-13

i cant doo it lol feel like a nob, good vid tho

austinburke. (author)2009-02-21

mine wont twist! and im tying the same knot the whole time!! please. any suggestions?

baconmanx9 (author)2009-02-16

after you attach the hemp to the dowel or pencil, putting the pencil under a clip board really helps, 2 free hands and a work surface

making_hands (author)2008-10-01

thanks !! well done !!

karoclou (author)2008-02-09

Where did you buy the roll of hemp? How much was it?

Ferrite (author)karoclou2008-08-18

I usually get my hemp and other knotting materials here it is good quality. The hemp and cotton cord is closer to the bottom of the page.

anthony12 (author)2008-01-04

thanks guys it worked and the bracelet looks great

adoqpweoriuqwer (author)2007-07-26

Rather than holding on to the dowel the whole time, after finishing this step, put the dowel under your toes and bring the hemp between your big toe and the next. This way you have two hands free and can make tighter knots.

thumbelina (author)2007-07-05

I make these all the time, but i never thought of putting it on a dowel, I always just tape it to my leg haha.

bumpus (author)2007-07-03

looks like you got so bored on your roadtrip that you decided to make an instructable haha cool

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