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These Simple DIY Knotted Bracelets Were Made for Stacking

by Holly Wade

These Simple Knotted Bracelets were Made for Stacking

When I was in high school, I was obsessed with stackable bracelets made out of leather, hemp and other cording materials. Since all things do make a comeback, I wanted to return to my roots and make a set of stackable knotted bracelets that weren't macrame. I didn't think it was possible, but I may actually be getting sick of macrame (I know, crazy!) but these simple infinity knotted bracelets were a welcome change! Make a set of simple knotted bracelets with any cording material and use a sliding knot to adjust it to your wrist size, and they're great for stacking on your wrist.         

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Try these Easy Twisted Macrame Keychains

by Holly Wade

Try these Easy Twisted Macrame Keychains

Macrame has recently made a comeback, so I was excited to learn some of the basics for making macrame pieces myself at home. It's surprisingly easy to make these twisted macrame keychains with colored beads and a fringe bottom, and you can whip one up in as little as 15 minutes. Customize them with colorful wooden beads and make this beautiful twisted look simply by repeating the same knot! 

 This is a great beginner macrame project, and when repeated, this left square knot creates a beautiful twisted pattern that looks much more complicated than it really is, so be prepared to impress everyone you know. 

Materials:

  • 6mm cotton macrame cord 
  • Scissors
  • Keychain rings
  • Beads

Step

Cut two pieces of macrame cord about 3 ft long or by measuring fingertip-to-fingertip length. 

Step

Fold each piece in half, thread through a keychain ring and pull through the loop to secure. Repeat with the second piece so they are side by side on the same keychain ring with four equal length pieces hanging down. 

Step

Tape the keychain ring to a table or hang on a pole so that it is stable. Working only from the two outer pieces of cord (the two middle pieces should remain untouched), make a triangle shape over the middle pieces with the left cord. Lay the right cord on top, twist behind the middle pieces and pull through the triangle shape (see above). Pull tight to create a left square knot. 

Step

Continue this same knot on the same side about 4-5 times. It will begin to twist on its own. Then push a bead up the right side of the middle cord to meet the knot, repeat the knot several more times, add another bead on the left side and knot a few more times.

 

Step

When you've reached your desired keychain length, cut a separate piece of cord about 8 inches long. Place one end facing up and make a loop. Wrap the long end around all of the cords 2-3 times at the bottom of the last knot, pulling tight. Thread the end through the loop and pull up on the top cord to secure tightly. 

Step

Trim the excess from the top piece of the last knot and even out the the pieces hanging from the bottom of the keychain. Unravel them to create a fringe tassel-like end to finish the keychain. 

You'll be amazed how quickly you can make these simple twisted keychains once you get the hang of it! I can't wait to keep practicing macrame and learn more techniques!

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Knots You May Need

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Knots You May Need

Way back when, I knew how to tie a few fancy knots. My weekend workshops reminded me that I need to brush up on knot tying for lots of crafty reasons.  Here's a handy post on one of those know-it-all sites (20-20 Site) that has illustrated tied knots as well as the coordinating You Tube video to really drive the point home. Did someone say Visual Learner?

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String Rings

by DIY Maven

created on: 09/11/08

Jewelry is not a usual topic here on Curbly, but when I spotted these String-Rings, I just had to post them. Of course they are a play on the old notion of tying a string around your finger to remind yourself of something; but these .925 sterling silver bands raise the practice to something much more beautiful. And meaningful. Each ring, sold for $25, comes with a gift bag, polishing cloth and 20 different-colored strings. It’s up to you to...

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