Hi, I’m Laura from Left on Peninsula Road. I’m back today to share a very simple jewelry project.
Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive gift for kids to exchange at the end of the school year or an easy summer camp craft, these simple wrap bracelets are sure to please. Similar to woven friendship bracelets or the simple braided bracelets that some call “wish bracelets,” these only take minutes to make.
- Cotton Braiding Cord – approx. 1.5 yds. per bracelet
- Bracelet Link – 1 (drilled on both ends)
- Metal Button Closure – optional
You’ll also need scissors, tape, and a ruler or tape measure.
To make a bracelet, start by selecting your bracelet link. Unlike pendant charms which usually have one hole, the bracelet link will be drilled on both ends or will be an open shape like the infinity link I used in the example. (I found my bracelet links online, but I’ve also seen several styles in the jewelry section at my local Michael’s. Check your local craft store for a style you like.)
Measure out two 25-30″ pieces of cord, one for each side of the bracelet. To attach to the link, fold a piece of cord in half and thread the center of the cord through the link. Pass the loose ends of the cord through the loop and pull tight. ( I think I’ve heard this called a lark’s head knot.) Repeat on the opposite side.
Before twisting the cord, anchor the link to a table or counter using tape. Holding one strand of cord in each hand begin twisting them each in a clockwise direction until they start to wind up on themselves. Then, while still twisting the individual strands to the right, began wrapping the two strands around each other in a counter-clockwise direction. Adjust the tension to achieve the amount of twist you like.
Continue twisting to the right while wrapping to the left. When you reach the end, tie an overhand knot to keep the cord from unwinding.
Repeat the process for the cord on the opposite side of the link.
These bracelets can just be knotted to fasten them, or, if you prefer a more finished look add a button and loop closure like I did on the black infinity bracelet.
Tip: 7 in. is a typical adult bracelet size. Adjust the length for wrist size and multiply by the number of wraps you want to make around the wrist. (Keep in mind that the twisting process shortens the finished the length of your bracelet.)
Wasn’t that simple? Give them as gifts or wear them stacked. Enjoy!
Join me on Left on Peninsula Road this summer for more fun projects: