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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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!

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31 Comments

thats not the kind that I was looking for.

it looks a bit like DNA :)

but very cool

always wondered how they did that....

TY for sharing

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

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

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!

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