This is the cutest macrame and hardware bracelet to whip up in a few easy minutes, and the list of possible materials is endless. I have an obsession with using hardware in ways it was never originally intended, especially in jewelry. This bracelet uses nuts as beads, but you really COULD use actual glass, clay, or plastic beads if you lean to the “traditionalist” side of jewelry-making.
I used satin cording for the bracelet pictured, but you could use leather, ribbon, or cotton twine – depending on the texture and thickness you want for your bracelet. You’ll use 4 strands – two outside strands that move over and under to form the knots, and two strands that stay in the middle of your knots (so they are shorter than the two outside “knotting” strands). Not to complicate this more, but I like to use two LONG strands actually folded in half so the fold can be used as a closure “loop” when the bracelet is finished (see picture). I also like to cut the strands longer than they really need to be because getting to the end of a bracelet or necklace and needing just a LITTLE more length to finish…..can cause a total mental, physical, and spiritual breakdown. So it’s best for everyone in my household if I avoid that scenario.
Fold two strands (one significantly longer than the other) in half and tie a knot in the folded end to form a “loop”. This will serve as the closure when it’s finished.
My strand measurements (very generous): 24″ – short strand; 72″ – long strand
Attach to a solid working surface so you can form the knots. Fasten the two center strands (shorter) to the working surface so they stay straight and taught. The two center strands (shorter) will form the “anchor” for the knots. Each knot is made by tying the outside strands (longer) around the anchor strands.
To form the knots, slip the right outside strand UNDER the two anchor strands and OVER the left outside strand.
Take left outside strand and slip it through the loop on the right; pull tightly to form knot #1.
Repeat the knotting procedure on other side to make knot #2: Outside left strand slips under two anchor strands and OVER right outside strand; right outside strand slips through loop on the left; pull tightly.
Continue the knotting process, alternating from right to left. When you want to add a bead (or hardware nut), slip the bead on the two center strands, and continue knotting.
When the bracelet is the length you want, take all four strands together and tie a knot. That knot can be slipped through the loop on the other end to fasten the bracelet on your wrist. Alternatively, you can add a final bead that can be used as the closure as well (below).
Voile! A cute, super-easy, unique bracelet in a matter of minutes.