How to Make a Macrame Bracelet

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    Making a macrame bracelet can be as easy as mastering the square knot. You probably have already tied the square knot hundreds of times in your life. So find some nice string and about five beads and you can make a macrame bracelet for a gift or to wear yourself.

    Things You'll Need

    • A small wooden board with a nail at the top
    • Jute or other macrame string
    • Six small beads
    • Scissors

    Measure two pieces of string. Cut one 12 times the length you want your bracelet and the other 2.5 times as long as the length you want your bracelet. Fold the two lengths of string in half. You'll have a loop at the top and the loose ends below.

    Tie a knot at the top, leaving a loop big enough to slip one of the beads through. The bead and the loop will secure the bracelet around your wrist. Secure the looped end on the small nail on the macrame board.

    Pull the strings taut, and arrange the shorter strings to the center and the longer strings to the outside. Now begin making square knots. This is a very simple knot that you probably learned in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

    Place the right-hand cord over the two center cords and end with the tail under the left-hand cord. Bring the left-hand cord under the two center cords and through the loop betwen the core cord and the right-hand cord. Pull the cord up tight. Reverse the sequence to make the second half of the square knot. Tighten the cords.

    Repeat Step 4 until you have about an 1 1/2 inches of square knots. Place a bead every 1 1/2 inches or so and continue with the square knots.

    Finish the bracelet by placing a final bead at the end of your bracelet when you have reached your desired length. The bead fits snugly into the loop at the other end of the macrame bracelet.

    Tie a secure knot after the bead and cut the ends of the string of the bracelet about an inch out from the bead.