This is a really versatile project once you have a few basic steps down. I will show you how I made mine, but there’s all kinds of room for making it your own.
What you will need:
Ready to go? Let’s do it!
First, cut a few lengths of hemp. I use 12 inch strands because that’s easy to work with even when you get down to the ends. If you have a little trouble getting a bead to fit, it allows you room to cut a little bit off the end, if you get a little fraying. But if you’re running low, 10 inch strands would probably work. I needed 12 for this bracelet. I’d start off cutting 9 (for 3 braids) and see how it fit in your end cap.
I found it easiest to tie three strands together with an overhand knot first, then trim off the excess. Test it out to see how many will fit.
Once you have the right number of strands to fit your cap, add a bit of jewelry glue to your end cap, and glue one end of your braids in.
Jewelry glue is quick-drying, but give it a few minutes before continuing.
When you’re ready to begin, I find that braiding bracelets like this is easiest done by clipping the end to a clipboard told it firmly while you work.
Separate out your first three strands, and braid down a short way.
There is no exact length you should braid to. My goal was to make the beads offset from each other. You may choose to line them up together. Where you start your beads will depend on your own preference and how many beads you plan to add. I used 5 on each strand, but you could do more – you could do the whole strand, if you really wanted to!
Let me show you how to braid the beads in. I work from my left strand. It’s just habit. You can add in from the right if that makes better sense to you, though. For the sake of this tutorial, I’m going to just assume you use the left like me.
When you get to a braided length between 6 and 6 1/2 inches (depending on how much length your clasp will add to your bracelet – you are aiming for a length of approximately 7 inches for a standard adult bracelet), tie an overhand knot to keep your braid together. You can adjust this length longer or shorter, depending on the wrist it’s ending up on and how large your clasp is. My clasp and jump rings add about 1 inch of length, so I quit at 6 inches. You could also make this an ankle-length bracelet by making the length between 9-10 inches.
Now, repeat the process for your other braids. You can see I staggered the bead placement.
Finish off each braid so that it’s the same length.
When you’re done, trim off the excess, and glue on the opposite end cap.
All you have left to do is attach your clasp! The layers will make it look like multiple bracelets, stacked, when worn. Keeping this in mind, you may opt for a different pattern for your beads – it’s up to you!
If this seems more complicated than you want to create, you can of course check out the original wish bracelet or ankle-length wish bracelet tutorials to create just one tie-on bracelet (like they always had at souvenir shops when we were younger!)