While in the States for my conference, I squeezed in a (too short) visit with the lovely Erica, from Wicked Bride. I got to see her gorgeous home in person, meet Ella (plus her kitties and Hubby), and we got a little crafty. We whipped up some super cute, and super simple, knotted cord bracelets. I had pinned a lot of knotted bracelets to my “DIY to try” board, but Hubby joined in to help us try out a few different knots beforefinding an awesome one that lies flat, works perfectly and looks so sweet.
- Cord (two strands approximately 22″ long each)
- Two 1″ gold ribbon crimp ends (they also come in silver)
- Lobster clasp with tag connector and two jump rings
- Needle nose pliers
- Gel Epoxy (E-6000 glue works too)
- Toothpick & scrap cardboard (to mix the epoxy)
Before you get started, open up the crimp ends a little, using pliers.
Take one length of cord, fold it in half. Lay it down on your work surface so it forms a loop. For my bracelets, I used 2 pieces of cord, each 22″ long, and that made a 6″ long bracelet (including the clasp). Use more cord if you have thicker cord or want a longer bracelet.
Sneak your second length of cord (also folded in half), under the loop.
Loop the bottom cord over and then under the tails of the loop you made.
Then wrap it over one half of the loop, then under itself and then over the second half of the loop. It’s tricky to explain this, so ignore my yammering and just follow the photos.
Gently pull the knot tight, fiddling with it a bit so it lies flat and is even.
Measure how long you would like your bracelet (don’t forget the clasp adds length). Place tape all the way around the four strands where you want to cut them.
Using sharp scissors, cut all four ends after the tape so the tape holds the cord together. This type of cord unravels quickly, so we immediately added epoxy to the ends. Some tutorials show gluing on the sides of the cord but then it shows, so we glued the ends and only a millimeter between each cord to hold them together invisibly. We mixed the two-part epoxy with a toothpick and used the toothpick to spread on the glue and coax a little between the cords.
Let the epoxy dry for a minute, just so it’s tacky but not hard (this epoxy dries rock hard).
Place the cord into the opened ribbon crimp and use a toothpick to push it all in. It’s wriggly and will try to escape, but the epoxy (still pliable but not totally glued) will help hold it together.
Close the crimp with needle nosed pliers and let dry 24 hours.
Add a clasp using two small jump rings. Our clasps were provided by the Etsy shop, Antiqued and I really love them because they already come with tag connectors and look really sleek. The Antiqued shop is stocked with great findings and supplies (almost 1000 listings!), so take a peek. At this point, you can also add some chain in lieu of the connector to make the length adjustable.
These bracelets took minutes to make (and cost only $1-2 per bracelet), so we made a bunch! Erica’s versions of these bracelets are totally different than mine so take a look at her blog. It was serendipitous that we each just happened to find, and favor, really different cording for a really different look.
I made this two-tone one first, but Erica and I both decided we love the look of the solid colour best.
After we made so many, I wasn’t 100% sure I’d wear them (silk cord overload maybe?) but I wore this peachy-coral coloured one to work the next day and loved it! It’s super light and comfy, really cheery for summer and garnered lots of compliments! So I made room in my jewellery box for all four.
P.S. This is a project kitties love to help with.