May 15, 2013

Easy DIY Knotted Cord Bracelet

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 before finding an awesome one that lies flat, works perfectly and looks so sweet.


Supplies:


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.

Hubby's hands!
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.


Awwwww.

46 comments:

  1. Just got my tutorial up, yay! LOL, I love that you included Leo in the post, he was our happy little helper... and bag smasher.

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    1. Your photos turned out great! I especially love the gold version you made and hope you wear it :)
      Leo had to be included because he told me this is his favorite type of DIY and would appreciate if you did more projects with string-type things. Although I don't know why I'm doing him any favors when he owes me a paper bag . . .

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  2. Jeanne (Eri's Mom) WatersMay 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Hey, I know that kitty! He is a wonderful assistant. Erica had the best time ever on your visit. Next time I will come over and meet you and hubby!

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    1. I had SUCH a great time too! It was amazing to finally meet Erica in person, although I feel like I've known her for ages. I've heard so many lovely things about you, I'd love to meet you on my next visit!

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  3. I LOVE THEM! you should probably have offered these as a giveaway because they are adorable!

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    1. Aww, you're sweet! They are so easy to make, I didn't think they'd have the giveaway lure ;)

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  4. Hi Tanya, thanks for linking to my post! Love the pastel colors - I can never have enough of cords and knots!! :)
    xox, d.
    www.inspirationrealisation.com

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    1. It's definitely addictive to make these!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. These are so cute! I love simple bracelets - especially ones I can make myself;) Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. I'm happy you like! I'd love to see your version if you make some :)

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  6. These are adorable. What size cording did you use and where did you find it? Ty.

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    1. Hi Laura, my cord is about 5mm thick, but Erica had different sizes that were a bit larger and all of them worked well. I bought mine at Fabricland but she bought hers at Joann Fabrics (I think). Most craft/fabric stores should have some type of cording, whether cotton or more silky like mine. Thicker or thinner will both work. I had some cord half this size that made a really delicate bracelet but I just wasn't feeling the colour.

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    2. Yep! I got mine in the by-the-yard trim aisle at Joann's. hey always have 40% off coupons, so it was only .25 a yard or so - good deal!

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    3. Sweet! I think yours was even cheaper than mine because my cord was on sale for $1.00 a meter.

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  7. They look awesome! I am pinning this so my teen and I can make a few this summer.

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    1. Fun!! You will both have such a great time making these :) Buy extra ribbon crimps because you'll want to make oodles once you make one. We only made four each because that's all I ordered and we were both disappointed (and greedy)! Happy crafting :)

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  8. Beautiful! (as are your photos!) I hope you'll offer these for sale. :)

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    1. I promise these are super easy :) I likely won't be making them for sale because there are so many knotted cord bracelets for sale on Etsy. But I'm flattered!

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  9. Omg I love this! I come across very few jewelry tutorials that I would actually do one day, but I can totally see myself doing and wearing this. thanks!

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  10. your blog (and home, and diy results...) are gorgeous!

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    1. Awww, thanks :) I share some DIY doozies, too, don't worry! Some of my projects are major flops. (I'm currently saving a flop in the garage). But that's part of DIY!

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  11. I love this! I've been thinking about making my own bracelet/jewellery and this looks like a fun one to try out. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Making jewellery is super addictive, let me warn you :) I started in high school and it's a hobby I still do occasionally. Happy crafting!

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  12. I did it!!!!It is super cute!!!!Thank you for the tutorial!!!
    I post it on my blog!!!

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    1. Your bracelet turned out beautifully! I love the colour cord you used. I'm so happy the tutorial worked for you!! YAY :)

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  13. lovely! NOw I just have to find some suitable rope...

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  14. OOoo, crimp ends. This could change my life. Nice job.

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    1. Think of it like lumosity brain training (http://www.lumosity.com/), but free! Keeps us sharp-minded.
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      It might take a few tries fiddling with the cord, but once you get it, you get it! Let me know if you have any questions.

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  16. super new twist on an old girl guide skill I spy an easy fundraiser for christmas

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  17. Simply stunning! Thanks for taking the time to figure out the right knot to use!

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  18. It's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I think the knotted cord bracelet looks really great! I feel like it would fit into the style of any teenager nowadays since it is very colorful without being too loud. I’m sure it’ll fit any outfit in any style. Thanks for the tutorial, by the way. 
    Cindy Wilson

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  20. Hi! I love this bracelet and want to make one. What is the size of crimp end? Is it 16mm? Thanks!

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    1. The crimp ends we used were around 25 mm. You could use larger or smaller, and work with thinner or thick cord. My friend Erica (linked to in the post) made some using the same crimp ends but much thicker cord. Happy crafting!

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  21. This is a great tutorial and I can't wait to make some of these. Your pictures were very precise and helpful. Thanks!

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  22. This tutorial is the clearest and easiest one to follow that I've ever seen. I'm not great with knots, but you make this look simple enough, that I might even be able to do a few! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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    1. I'm so happy that you're going to try this project!

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  23. Merci pour ce tuto qui est très intéressant et le rendu est vraiment super
    Bonne soirée
    Nadou

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  24. Wow that bracelet is beautiful! I am so gonna make one of these. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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