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.


Supplies:

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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youngca

1 year ago

thats not the kind that I was looking for.

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rximarxima

Reply 2 years ago

but very cool

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SIRJAMES09

7 years ago on Step 7

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!

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

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wobbler

8 years ago on Step 6

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!

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CrazySheep

8 years ago on Step 1

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

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NatureBoom21

9 years ago on Introduction

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

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R4Man18

9 years ago on Introduction

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

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Khaos11

10 years ago on Introduction

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

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midnightguitarKhaos11

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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FerriteKhaos11

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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icedog515Khaos11

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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