As a young girl, I loved trying on my mother’s jewelry. Her penchant has always been simple elegance and when I reached the age where I could accent my outfits, I mirrored her jewelry style. Sometimes, she’d receive a handmade bracelet or hair accessory from one of her craftier friends and those were the pieces she would celebrate and wear most often. There is something uniquely meaningful about all-things handmade, but particularly when it comes to jewelry because very often, the person making the gift is personalizing it to reflect the recipient’s personal style and preferences.
To celebrate my own mother, I decided to make her a simple Macrame Charm Bracelet. I absolutely love how simple and elegant appearance of this “knotted” bracelet and once you’ve mastered the square knot, you can easily personalize the bracelet to your liking. This particular bracelet can be made in one sitting and likely in an hour or two once you’ve mastered the technique, making it the ideal project for those just beginning DIY jewelry making. I used this tutorial as an inspiration but changed it by adding charms and adapting the closure so that it’s easy and adjustable.
Everything you’ll need for this project can be found at your local Michael’s including the following:
- Hemp Cord (in the color of your choice)
- Chain finding (I opted for rings)
- Fine Pliers
- Embroidery Needle
- Lobster clasp and chain extension
Before you begin, I highly recommend watching a square knot tutorial on YouTube. This will help familiarize you with the easy, two-step process.
- Cut 2 30-inch pieces of hemp cord and 2 20-inch pieces of hemp cord.
- Fold the 20-inch piece piece of hemp cord in half and pull the loop through the ring, folding it over.
- Pull the remaining cord through the loop
- Repeat this process on the other side of the ring
- Secure the top part of your hemp cord with tape
- Square Knot:
- Begin by centering the 30-inch piece of hemp cord under the two middle strands
- Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord
- Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands through the loop on the right side
- Slide the securely tightened knot to the top
- To complete the square knot, fold the left cord under the middle strands and under the right cord (the reverse of step #2)
- Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side (the reverse of step #3)
- Pull tightly and repeat for 5 complete square knots
- Thread the first charm through the two middle strands and complete a full square knot
- Continue until you’ve reached the 10th and thread the next charm
- To close the bracelet, thread the two middle strands through the end of the lobster clasp and secure with 2-3 knots.
- Trim excess hemp cord and repeat with the chain extension.
Despite the lengthy instructions, this bracelet is incredibly easy to make, particularly once you’ve mastered the Square Knot. The results look amazing and you can alter the types of findings and charms you use to create unique bracelets.
Because we’re celebrating moms all month long and we really don’t need occasion to do so, why not give that special mom in your life a personalized Macrame Charm Bracelet to show her how special she is? And, This Mother’s Day and beyond, Pampers is celebrating moms and the precious moments of love with their little ones by giving the Pampers Gift of Love (#RegaloDeAmorPampers) to help families capture and cherish those loving moments with baby. We know that babies experience a mother’s love in many different ways. Those precious moments between a mother and her little one make every day special and worth remembering.
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