DIY Sliding Knot Bracelet

After visiting the Mediterranean twice this past year, I’ve come to embrace the ubiquity that is the evil eye symbol and have since integrated it into the jewelry repertoire. Today I’ll be showing you how to make a sliding knot bracelet with an evil eye charm, which is thought to protect against negative energy and evil powers. And whether you’re superstitious or not, this is a super simple method which can be applied to any connector or charm!

You’ll need:

Thread 4 inches of cord through one side of the charm. Fold 2 inches of cord back on itself and then again to create a zig zag.

Fold an inch of the tip down over the parallel cords. Coil the cord three times towards the loop.

Thread the tip through the opening of the left loop.

Push the coil to the right and pull the tip until the knot is tight. Test the adjustable knot by sliding it towards the base of the charm. The excess cord will be trimmed later.

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

Coil the tip around all the cords three times and thread the tip through the loop.

Push the coil to the right and pull the tip until the knot is tight. Trim both ends, leaving approximately 2-3mm.

Melt the ends with a lighter.

Your bracelet is finished . . .

And you’re now protected against the evil eye!

(evil eye & arrow bracelet by Odette New York, small evil eye bracelet purchased in Turkey, DIY bracelets by HonestlyWTF; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. Tabetha wrote:

    How awesome!! Can’t wait to give it a whirl~*

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  2. Always helpful and creative ideas!
    xxx
    Miss Starshiny

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  3. Giulia wrote:

    OMG they’re so cool! I have to try….but it will be difficult to find these charms here where I live 🙁 Great idea and tutorial!
    xoxo

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  4. Andrea wrote:

    beautiful!! I love how they turned out!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  5. OMG LOVE IT!!! I’ll try!!

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  6. Jeline wrote:

    LOVE THIS DIY!! <3

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  7. I love your bracelet DIY projects; I can never get enough. More, please. =)
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  8. nuray wrote:

    great tutorial, thank you 🙂

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  9. Love the bracelets!!! The color is also amazing!!!
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  10. Rory wrote:

    I absolutely love it! They look AWESOME! 🙂 And so easy to make, too
    Rory
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  11. Leila wrote:

    amazing as usual

    xo-Leila

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  12. Silje wrote:

    Love it, so pretty <3

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  13. Shelbie wrote:

    Love these! May i ask where you got the charms from? Thanks 🙂

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  14. Jaeger wrote:
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  15. Nomadic D wrote:

    Excellent! Just like the ones they sell at the bazaar! 😉 Seriously though, blue eye beads are my main superstition, I truly believe you should always have one on you – keychain is the easiest way, but if it’s a special occasion and you’re not carrying your keys you should pin one to the inside of your clothes or something. And yes, I really do that.

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  16. Floor wrote:

    This is great, I love it 🙂

    XO
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  17. I love this diy!!

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  18. Kate wrote:

    Such a great idea and love the large Odette cuff. Very cool.

    Kate

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  19. Angie wrote:

    Beautiful color!!

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  20. V. wrote:

    This is so pretty and the color is beautiful 🙂

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  21. Raquel wrote:

    Hello I live in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea on an island called Malta anyways on our traditional boats we put that evil eye sign and when I saw this DIY I felt so proud! 😉

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  22. Carol wrote:

    I love you blog!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and summer accessories:

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  23. Laurie wrote:

    LOVE! and so simple!

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  24. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
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  25. Lena wrote:

    looks great.

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  26. So simple and fun!

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  27. Natalie wrote:

    gorgeous bracelet and thanks for the sliding knot technique!
    x,
    Natalie

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  28. vasilieva wrote:

    these are awesome

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    x

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  29. laura wrote:

    I love it!!

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  30. Britte wrote:

    Bonjour, génial et très beau ! J’ai 1 “mauvais oeil” mais, avec 1 attache (grr….!!). Je vais trouver 1 système pour contourner la difficulté, maintenant que …je suis “protégée”. Je ne ris pas. Hyper superstitieuse ! De plus, ce qui est beau PROTEGE.
    Merci
    Vi

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  31. WNY wrote:

    Those bracelets look great! Xo

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  32. Thanks for this, I’ve been wanting one of these bracelets.

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  33. Virginie wrote:

    I love the result, it turned out really great!

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  34. Mira wrote:

    Awesome and I´m an evil eye fan. I going to try that one cos
    it really looks simple 😀
    xo

    glamDevils

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  35. Amanne wrote:

    Love this DIY. I’ll definitely be trying this one out.

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  36. Kate Jones wrote:

    So that’s how you make a sliding knot bracelet! Awesome!!!

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  37. Ida wrote:

    Always great & simple ideas!!!

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  38. Emily wrote:

    I’ve seen a lot of these lately but this one looks pretty easy. Although those charms look a little pricey. Know where I can get anything a little cheaper?

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  39. Elin wrote:

    so gorgeous!

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  40. Entice wrote:

    Great post!

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  41. Justi wrote:

    So fun! Easy to do et verry verry nice colours!!!!
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  42. marta wrote:

    Love this DIY!!

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  43. Lale wrote:

    – Im from turkey and those bracelets are so popular there right know, great tutorial !

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  44. Yyepon wrote:

    I think they look amazing! As a single piece I wouldn’t wear it instantly but when I see how you stacked them up it looks really cool Loving the blue.

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  45. amazing bracelets <3

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  46. DC2NY wrote:

    As always, one amazing DIY project!
    Loving the evil eye element. Simple yet powerful!

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  47. These are really cool, I haven’t tried to make a sliding knot… I think it intimidates me. but i would love to try this, the hamsa charm is really pretty!
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  48. Andrea wrote:

    lovely!

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  49. I needed this tutorial 😀 thanks.

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  50. Taylor wrote:

    I always love your DIY’s, this is gorgeous… Love the blue

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  51. adele wrote:

    oooohhH! loving these kind of bracelets! <3

    -adele
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  52. Kristen wrote:

    So cute! Love. Must try.

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  53. LOOOOOVE!
    Yet another RAD tutorial
    xo

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  54. Mariely wrote:

    Love this!!! Will have to make one!!
    Wtf
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  55. Gina wrote:

    wow…… this is SO amazing…. the colors, the design, everything.

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    xo

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  56. Amazing tutorial,you definitely always hav

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  57. Una B wrote:

    lovely tutorial,you aalwaays have the best ones for the perfect arm candy,,ahh

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  58. Val wrote:
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  59. love them…and mixed with royal blue look cool!!

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  60. Sarah wrote:

    Am putting together a bag for a trip to Cyprus and was pondering accessories. Your blog just made my day and I am so eager to make these. Fabulous. Thanks!

    Sarah x
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  61. ally wrote:

    i love this DIY! such cute bracelets and i love the charm! I saw a lot of them when I went to turkey last year!
    check out online magazine http://www.amazine.com, where you can post your DIY tutorials 😀

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  62. Lu wrote:

    I have these little charms hidden in amongst things in each room of my house! I love the bracelets, I may have to use a few of my charms to make something pretty.

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  63. Tali wrote:

    nice one!
    we have a lot of hamsa jewllery here in israel.
    i would be happy to invite to be my GFC since you look a nice fellow blogger. check out my blog and follow i will do the same s
    thanks
    tali

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  64. Irene wrote:

    I love simple and beautiful things like these brazalets. congrats!!

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  65. Armu wrote:

    Yet another wonderful bracelet DIY 😀

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  66. wow, love thoose!

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  67. Jinna Yang wrote:

    Great post and even better tutorial!!

    xx,
    Jinna

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  68. erica wrote:

    How awesome! A couple of my sliding knot bracelets have broken and now, I can fix them!
    Thanks.

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  69. Kelly wrote:

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    i’ve just bought a couple of these!

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  70. Rachael wrote:

    Oh wow, what a beautiful bracelet! Thank you so much for all these tutorials!
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  71. I love this DIY! I’ve been to the mediterranean recently too, so I’ll definitely be giving this a go! 🙂

    Check out my DIY fashion blog 🙂 emma-alittlesomething.blogspot.com

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  72. Stephanie wrote:

    my sister and i went to turkey last month and bought bracelets just like this! hers just broke, so this would be the perfect fix.

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  73. Raquel wrote:

    I love ;0 -> Astonished Face

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  74. Jennifer N wrote:

    I’m obsessed. Will be trying this out soon. 🙂

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  75. Cinja wrote:

    awww this is so so pretty!

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  76. Liz Ash wrote:

    Aaron Basha has the best evil eye collection. They released it in 2008 and other followed suit. All 18K gold. I’ve been wearing mine for 3 years now, shower and all, still looks amazing!

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  77. Just want them now…not now…NOW!!!!!!Great job…!!!
    kisses,
    Bloody Mary
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  78. A Reader wrote:

    Love this! I bought everything from your resource and the materials have already arrived. Great service!
    But try as I might, I just cannot get that knot. I’m SO frustrated…

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  79. Ada O. wrote:

    I love this, it so simple!!!

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  80. Great post. Royal blue looks so good!! We love the evil eye in Greece.

    xxx
    Nina
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  81. Sammy wrote:

    Yeah I got the knot but how can you tighten the bracelet when you have it on your wrist? This seems to require another set of hands. Help???

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  82. Another awesome diy!!!

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  83. Nadja wrote:

    thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial!

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  84. nora wrote:

    i will buy it if you make it for me lol =)

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  85. reema wrote:

    omg i just love this tutorial i live in the middle east and seeing this i a norm in where i live, i have tons of evil eye inspired jewelry and clothes (i dont believe in them though)
    just for some info this is not pronounced “Hamsa” it is pronounced “Khamsa” with a K. Khamsa means the number five which some say, represents the five pillars of islam which are: 1.the testimony of faith 2.prayer 3.giving zakat (support of the needy) 4.fasting during the month of Ramadan 5.the pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime for those who are able.
    Khamsa is also called “hand of Fatima”, so named to commemorate Muhammad’s daughter Fatima azzahraa.

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  86. gokce wrote:

    I’m Turkish, i hope this evil eye protects you from evil-minded people. And i don’t know why but 🙂 i felt so happy when i heard that you’ve been in Turkey. I hope you enjoyed.

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  87. Deryl Jenkins wrote:

    I love your diy style

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  88. Adriana wrote:

    COOL!!!

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  89. Efrat wrote:

    Just made this bracelets love them!!!! Thank you….

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  90. Fey wrote:

    Love the blue fabric! The 2 bracelets are awesome. You have always beautiful ideas.
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  91. What a sweet DIY project. And so pretty
    Xx
    Callie

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  92. ElsaD wrote:

    Love this idea!!!!!!!! Will try it asap!!!!! Thanks

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  93. Ghida wrote:

    Hello.. How long should one thread be for one bracelet?

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  94. roula wrote:

    hi there,
    i was just wondering if you have a website where i can purchase some of those macrame bracelets.
    please reply back
    thanks
    roula

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  95. Malak wrote:

    Oh my god i love this arm party!!! i would like to buy them all.

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    Cheers,
    M.

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  96. Irene wrote:

    Being Greek, I’m very familiar with the “evil eye”. I can’t wait to try making this.

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  97. Ve wrote:

    Does anyone know where I can buy those charms (or similar) on the internet? Thank you!

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  98. amina wrote:

    SOOOOOO GORGEOUS

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  99. Marie wrote:

    I Think it is very pretty but i Think it is hard to make, i could not. So act like we are very stupid and make some more pictures

    BTW i am from Denmark and i am not so good at english :-((

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  100. Jessica wrote:

    Does anyone know where I can get similar beads in London?

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  101. Ortencia wrote:

    Yay love this tip!!!
    Works great for my hemp bracelets!:)
    Thanks from California

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  102. Lori wrote:

    Which size of the cording – .8 or 1.2? I just got the .8 and seems a bit thin??

    Bought some cool connectors at a local craft store –

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Lori, I used .8mm cording in the tutorial.

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  103. Lami wrote:

    Where is the other bracelet from? the circle evil eye with the crystals on the gold chain? its gorgeous

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  104. Wow, these look amazing. It’s great to show people that can make the expensive jewelry today! The pictures are very helpful! Keep it up!

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  105. Simple and creative idea.Thanks!!

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  106. Rebecca wrote:

    super simple and so fun! love your tutorials!

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  107. Tabor wrote:

    It’s also called a hangman’s knot, if anyone knows that term instead. We used it a lot in theatre productions for sets because it does slide.

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  108. Urban Roo wrote:

    That’s neat! 🙂 Very simple and would make for a good project for the little ones.

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  109. conchita wrote:

    HERMOSASSSSSSSSS
    THANKS FOR SHARE WITH US, CONCHITA

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  110. It’s Amazing. I love it very much. Cool

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  111. Mimi wrote:

    I can’t seem to find a good place to buy the Hamsa/Evil eye. $9 a piece is a bit much if you want to make a bunch of these 🙂 any recommendations?

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  112. Mimi wrote:

    Guys, check out this tutorial on the sliding knot I found on youtube 🙂 very helpful
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=W2GhB8k7vBw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DW2GhB8k7vBw

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  113. marija wrote:

    Love the bracelets!! Have you ordered the knotting cord and the charms of that website? Is it a reliable website? Please email me back i need to know cuz im planning to order some for myself!

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  114. The bracelets are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your ideas for making these bracelets. You tips are very simple to understand.

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  115. Lisa wrote:

    Dying to know where that arrow cuff bracelet came from. So cute!

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  116. Andrea wrote:

    I love your DIY’s but maybe you could post little videos?
    some tutorials are hard to do with just pictures
    Thanks

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  117. There are some nice evil eye pieces at http://designerjewelrysavings.com/ .

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  118. Amanda wrote:

    Hi- I love this so much! Where did you find the charm?

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  119. Helena wrote:

    I love this simple idea.

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  120. Valentina wrote:

    I absolutely love this tutorial, great job! My favorite design is definitely the the Hamsa Evil Eye, so I had to check this tutorial out. Got my Beads from http://www.clbeads.etsy.com and my Cord from http://www.knottingcord.etsy.com

    I pretty much get everything from Etsy, it’s the perfect place to buy and sell all things DIY and handmade… Thanks for the awesome site!!!

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  121. Ella wrote:

    Why would you wear the evil eye and the Hamsa at the same time though? Why would you wear the evil eye at all? Stop appropriating religions it’s disgusting and it makes you look like an idiot.

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  122. Kyl wrote:

    Wow those DIY bracelets look really good!

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  123. your bracelet DIYs are SO beautiful! I am going to try this one!!!!

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  124. Carton Box wrote:

    hi, just passing by to your site. Can you give inspiration with paper or carton board for next idea of DIY?

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  125. Great post 🙂 very well explained as well.

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  127. Sneha Sen wrote:

    These look so gorgeous. I would love to do this DIY.

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  128. evy wrote:

    hi!
    love your work!
    can you tell me what kind of thread you use please??
    many tks

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  129. hi,

    Thanks for such a relevant blog… this is a great blog, which provide the relevent info.

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  130. Jade D'sa wrote:

    I love how dainty these look! I think I’ll substitute the evil eye charms for something more boho!

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