Making an adjustable bracelet from string is a great project for beginners or kids to learn the basics of jewelry making. It’s also a great way to get creative and add charms or beads.
Using the Basic Sliding Knot
The sliding knot is a common and simple way to make a bracelet that can adjust depending on the wearer’s wrist size. It works well on a variety of materials, including leather and silk cords, as well as fiber cords such as hemp, waxed cotton, or Chinese knotting cord.
Step 2: Measure Your Wrist
The easiest and most effective way to make a bracelet from string is to use a measuring tape. If you don’t have a measuring tape at home, you can make one by wrapping a strip of paper around your wrist and measuring it with a ruler.
Once you’ve measured your wrist, cut a piece of string long enough to fit comfortably around your wrist, leaving a few inches of extra string on each end. Then, tie a knot at one end and thread the other end through the knot.
Step 3: Repeat for the other end.
Alternatively, you can skip this step and just tie the ends together and cut them off. However, this method is less flexible and will make the bracelet a bit stiffer.
Step 4: Sliding Knot Bracelet with Beads
Another popular way to make a bracelet is by using sliding knots. Sliding knots are simple and easy to make, so you can have fun creating a bracelet that fits different people!
To create a sliding knot bracelet, you’ll need a soft cord or string that has a diameter of about 1 mm. Some people choose a waxed cotton cord for this project, since it helps the knot slide smoothly when you are wearing it.
You can also use a thin leather cord, satin cord, or any other material that is durable and comfortable to wear. A thinner cord or string will give a more subtle effect, and you can even use more than one color of thread to create a braided pattern on the bracelet.
Step 5: Finish Off Your Bracelet
When you’ve finished making your bracelet, you can add a small bead or other charm to the end of it. This will make the bracelet more unique and personal. You can also add a decorative clasp for an extra touch!
Step 6: Tie a Lark’s Head Knot
The Lark’s head knot is a versatile knot that can be used to attach charms or pendants. It is simple to make and requires only a loop for the charm or pendant to go through, followed by a twisted string to secure it.
Step 7: Tie a Double Square Knot
To make a double square knot, you need a pair of scissors and a length of embroidery thread. The thread should be about 9 inches long. This will allow you to make a large knot that wraps around your wrist, and will also leave room for the bracelet’s extra length when tying it on.