HWTF x Makers Kit Braided Bracelets

With summer just around the corner, I thought I’d bring back one of my favorite bracelet tutorials for my third DIY kit with Makers Kit. I love these delicate braided bracelets with their natural textures juxtaposed against shiny gold beads. The sliding knot closure allows them to be adjustable, which means they’re perfect for mixing into your everyday stack. All it takes some simple braiding skills before you start churning these pretty babies out for you and your friends. And with a curated supply list of colorful waxed cords and tiny gold plated brass beads, the design combinations are endless. I hope you guys have fun with this one!

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Each kit includes (makes 4 bracelets):

  • 1.5 yards of waxed cord, in 4 colors
  • 15 gold plated roundelle brass beads
  • 15 gold plated mini star brass beads
  • 3 gold plated spike charms

You’ll need:

  • scissors
  • lighter or glue
  • tape or clipboard

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Divide the waxed cord in half and cut. Fold one of the cut pieces in halfand fold the two pieces in half. Gather the two folded sides and tie them into a knot, leaving a quarter of an inch of loop. Snip off the extra fourth strand at the bottom of the knot, leaving 3 equal strands of wax cord.

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Tape the loop onto a flat surface. I like to use a clipboard to keep it in place. Start braiding the strands. After about an inch, you can start braiding in the beads. Thread a bead onto the outer right strand.

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Push the bead against the base of the braid and cross the right strand over the middle.

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Now thread another bead onto the outer left strand. Push it to the base of the braid and crossover. (Side note: the waxed cord allows the braid to stay in place, making it easier to braid in beads)

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Keep a finger at the base of the braid, holding the beads in their place and keeping the braid tight. Continue threading on beads before each working strand is crossed over.

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After adding a few beads, continue braiding normally . . .

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Measure the bracelet around the wrist so you know when to stop braiding. Thread the end of the bracelet through the loop.

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To make a sliding knot, fold an inch of cord back on itself, creating a zig zag. Bend another inch over the zig zag, to create a backwards S.

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While holding your backwards S, wrap the tail of the bracelet once around the middle of the S, towards you. Push the ends through the backside of the right loop.

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While holding onto the strands with your left hand, pull the tail until the coil start closing. Push the coil with your left fingers until the coil is closed and knot is tight. Test the sliding knot but pushing it long the bracelet to tighten and loosen.

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Snip away any excess cord.

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Carefully burn the ends to seal.

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You can also thread beads on just one side, in which case you would just always add a bead on the left or right working strand. You can also try beading on the larger beads every other crossover to keep them more spaces apart.

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If you want to add a spike charm, leave the cords uncut after making your sliding knot. Slip the ends of the cords through the spike.

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Tie into a knot and burn the ends to seal.

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(HWTF x Makers Kit Braided Bracelet Kit $28; use promo code HONESTSUMMER for 10% off pre-orders; kit ships June 13. Sandals by Mansur Gavriel, top by Suno and jewelry by Esqueleto; photos by Ashley Batz)

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42 Comments

  1. Tina wrote:

    They are really cute! Btw: What brand are your sandals?

    5.9.16
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  2. Rena wrote:

    The braided bracelets are looking so wonderful summerly!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  3. Cynthia wrote:

    Cute! These braided bracelets are so relaxing to make. Also, I love the spikey tassels on these.
    Likely By Sea

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  4. Michelle wrote:

    They are too cute, I love the combination of bright colours and gold details!
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  5. Midsby wrote:

    Lately I was looking for jewelry I could make for summer. These bracelets are perfect and instruction is very understandable. Thanks a lot! 🙂

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  6. Monika wrote:
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  7. Wow this looks so simple! I love wearing bracelets in the summer =o)

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  8. DNAMAG wrote:

    Love friendship bracelets, they’re so fun and easy to make.

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  9. Lana wrote:

    They are soooo cute! They make me think of vacation, walking on the beach, in the warm sun…:)

    5.10.16
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  10. Allison Norton wrote:

    What color did you get in your Mansur sandals?? They are the perfect pink and I know they have a few options. Love them! xx

    5.12.16
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Allison they are “blush”!

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  11. Love friendship jewelry too! Get more jewelry inspirations from http://www.jewelryunder5.com/earrings.html

    5.21.16
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  12. Kim wrote:

    Great ideas

    5.24.17
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  13. Trinh Hoa wrote:

    I can’t take my eyes off these models from the 1st to the last photo. They’re so sexy and beautiful. The concept ot photos are great and it make me feel excited when i see this album for the 1st time.
    Best wishes from Hoa,
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    9.12.17
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  14. Jai wrote:

    Very nice bracelets.

    9.25.17
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  15. nasir wrote:

    Wow that is so cute and i really like these bracelets. This is amazing can you tell me please how can you make them. I want to learn and please share a video

    12.21.17
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  16. Lisa wrote:

    Hi,
    Wao Great i Much like this drama Thanx so much.
    I appreciate your effort.

    12.29.17
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  17. so creative dear!

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  18. im lovin it!

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  19. thanks!

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  20. nice combination colour

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  21. how to rate five star?

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  22. These bracelets with these beautiful colors remind you of the summer. Braided, colorful are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing how to do them, it is an explicit work. Congratulations!

    2.22.18
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  23. The braided bracelets you made are very cute and interesting. I want to have it.

    3.7.18
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  26. It is very nice

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  27. wow, i like

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  28. i hope can get one

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  29. These bracelets are perfect, love it

    4.30.18
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  30. With summer just around the corner, I thought I’d bring back one of my favorite bracelet tutorials for my third DIY kit with Makers Kit.

    5.6.18
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  31. Nice idea, the bracelet looks awesome

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  32. Thanks Good

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  33. Thanks for sharing. I’m very like 🙂

    5.26.18
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