AGJ x HWTF: DIY Happy Daze Charm Bracelet

One night late last summer, my friend Ariel of Ariel Gordon Jewelry and I were commiserating over the phone about the pandemic, parenting, the election . . .  the overall state of the world, to be honest. By the end of the conversation, and perhaps after a couple glasses of wine, we decided to join forces on DIY jewelry kits. Desperate for collaboration, pure delight and something to do with idle hands, we started brainstorming and meeting (masked) in each other's backyards over the course of a few months to design three happy-inducing DIY kits. As Spring finally approaches, the timing couldn't feel more right to launch our kits. We had so much fun creating them, Ariel and I hope you feel the same when making them.

The first of the three kits features a 14k charm and cord bracelet DIY. With each kit, you'll receive one of 4 charms of your choice: a daisy smiley, peace sign, hamsa or heart. Each charm comes with 4 different colored cords so that you can customize the color and even switch them out if your heart so desires. The technique required is called a sliding knot and it's applied in two different ways, depending on the type of charm used. It's simple and if executed correctly, this bracelet will stand the test of time.

You'll Need:

AGJ x HWTF DIY Charm Bracelet Kit (includes:)

  • 4 cords
  • 14k gold charm (choice of daisy smiley, peace sign, hamsa, or heart)
  • AGJ x HonestlyWTF Happy Daze Bracelet Kit

Additional Supplies Needed:

  • scissors
  • lighter
Sliding Knot Bracelet with 2 Loop Charm
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Thread 4 inches of cord through one side of the charm. Fold 2 inches of cord back on itself.

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Then fold it back on itself again to create a zig zag. Fold an inch of the tip down over the parallel cords.

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Coil the cord three times around those parallel cords in the direction of the loop. Then thread the tip through the opening of the loop from the backside to the front.

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Hold the coil with your fingers and push to the right. At the same time, pull the end of the cord with your other fingers until the knot is very tight.

 

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Test the adjustable knot by sliding it towards the base of the charm. The excess cord will be trimmed later.

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Thread the other end of the cord through the opposite side of the charm and create the same zig zag.

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Coil the tip around all the cords three times and thread the tip through the loop. Push the coil to the right while pulling the tip until the knot is very tight.

 

 

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Adjust the knots to fit over your wrist to test the fit and length. Trim both ends, leaving approximately 2-3mm of cord. Melt one end with a lighter.

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The end of the cord will melt into a plastic ball. Quickly use the bottom of your lighter to press that hot piece of plastic down. This will prevent the cord from slipping out of the its knot. Repeat the step on the other side.

Sliding Knot Bracelet with Single Loop Charm
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Thread each end of the cord through the back of the charm, each entering opposite sides.

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Pull until the charm is centered on a circle - this should roughly be the side of the bracelet when on your wrist. Then, fold one end of the cord back on itself to create a 1.5-2 inch loop next to the charm. Fold an inch of the tip down over the parallel cords.

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Coil the cord three times around those parallel cords in the direction of the loop. Then thread the tip through the opening of the loop from the backside to the front.

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Hold the coil with your fingers and push to the left. At the same time, pull the end of the cord with your other fingers until the knot is very tight. Test the knot to make sure it slides. The excess cord will be trimmed later.

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Repeat the same steps on the other side of the charm.

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Melt one end with a lighter. The end of the cord will melt into a plastic ball. Quickly use the bottom of your lighter to press that hot piece of plastic down. This will prevent the cord from slipping out of the its knot. Repeat the step on the other side.

AGJ x HWTF Happy Daze Bracelet DIY Kit available here

Also check out the Going For Baroque DIY Pearl Kit and Don't Lose Your SH!T DIY Bead Kit

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17 Comments

  1. Ashley Taylor wrote:

    How does this thread compare to natural silk thread?

    3.20.21
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    • Erica wrote:

      It’s a tad bit thicker and it melts when burned so the knots can be better secured. This nylon thread has texture which makes it less slippery than silk thread. It also has a bit of a pattern, which you can’t find with silk thread.

      3.24.21
    • Erica wrote:

      It’s a thicker and has more grip. Less slippery than silk thread

      4.14.21
  2. Danielle wrote:

    This is so inspirational post. I always like doing d.i.y projects like this procedure for making a simple but wonderful bracelet! Though I am far away from it by professional ( you could know more about my job here chat room with girl for making more fun during Internet browsing time.) but I like reading something like your hand crafting ideas! Thanks for sharing this post.

    3.20.21
    Reply
  3. Awesome pictures and Great post! Thanks for sharing this article with us. I am going to bookmark this!

    4.9.21
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  4. betty wrote:

    fff

    4.20.21
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  5. saurabh wrote:

    much good information

    5.15.21
    Reply
  6. It seems look good

    5.17.21
    Reply
  7. Riya wrote:

    Hey

    I think you start your own e-commerce platform.

    5.17.21
    Reply
  8. Astha wrote:

    Sound Much Good

    5.17.21
    Reply
  9. Jesika Parker wrote:

    I have thought so many times of entering the blogging world as I love reading them. I think I finally have the courage to give it a try. Thank you so much for all of the ideas!

    8.4.21
    Reply
  10. Charly Wiliamse wrote:

    nice I have thought so many times of entering the blogging world as I love reading them. I think I finally have the courage to give it a try. Thank you so much for all of the ideas!

    8.4.21
    Reply
  11. Thanks for sharing such an awesome and great post.

    8.16.21
    Reply
  12. Akash wrote:

    How do you tie a double sliding knot bracelet?

    9.18.21
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  13. Jamie wrote:

    Hi! I purchased the daisy smiley kit, but I’m having a hard time with keeping the charm centered on the bracelet. It slides around a lot. Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent this?

    10.3.21
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