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We do quite a few crafts around our house, but making jewelry is one craft I haven’t done much of in the past. So when my kids found a square knot bracelet they wanted to make, I was hoping it would be an easy one. The instructions given were good but learning to tie that knot took me a little time.
The original instructions used embroidery thread for the cording. But since we had some hemp cording left over from another project, the washer necklaces, we decided to use it instead, to make it a square knot hemp bracelet.
Making the square knot hemp bracelet went better than I thought it would. Well, that is once I figure out how to make a square knot. I’m much more of a visual learner and the written directions I found were driving me crazy. But once I got the sequence right, it was easy.
I made a quick video (see video below) to show how to tie a square knot. There is just something about seeing it done that makes it so much easier for me and I’m hoping it will make it easier for you too. Don’t worry if watching videos drives you crazy, I’m also sharing the written instructions too. But first you probably want to know what you’ll need to make these cute square knot hemp bracelets.
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Items You’ll Need for the Square Knot Hemp Bracelet
Square Knot Hemp Bracelet Instructions
Cut a piece of the hemp cording one and a half times as long as your wrist. String on enough beads to go around your wrist. I ended up using 18 on my bracelet and 15 on my daughters. Secure one end of the hemp cord to the tabletop with tape. Tie a knot in the other end to keep the beads from falling off.
Cut another piece of hemp cording about 4 times the length of the first cording you cut. Find the center of the longer piece of hemp cording and center it behind the taped down piece of hemp cording with the beads on it.
Make a two to four square knots to begin with. I made the video above to show how to make the square knots. But I’m also including the written directions too. If the written directions are at all confusing, be sure to watch the video.
After the second longer hemp cording is centered behind the main cording with the beads, you can start to tie the knots. First take the string on the left side and lay it over the center cording. Take the string from the right side and pass it under the cording with the beads on it and then bring it up through the loop made by the string from the left. Pull to secure it tightly. So basically under the center cord with the beads and up and over the loop made by the first cord from the other side. Your first knot is done.
You’ll need to alternate which side you start on with each knot. This time start with the string on the right side and pass it over the main cording, making a loop to the right of the main cord. Take the cord on the left side and pass it under the main cording and through and over the right loop that you formed with the first cord. Pull tight to secure.
Do these two knots two more times. Be sure to alternate sides.
Bring up one bead to the knots, you just made. Start to make another set of two knots like you did before tying the bead into place. Once both knots are in place add another bead. Continue on until the beads are all tied into the bracelet.
End the bracelet by tying the same number of knots you tied at the beginning of the bracelet, to finish it off.
Tie on the magnetic clasps, one to each end and secure tightly.
Cut off any remaining strings.
That’s all there is to making a square knot bracelet. My son found it was just a little too difficult a project for him to do. So I helped him finish his. But my daughter had no problem at all making this bracelet. This project might be a better suited project for a tween or teen than younger kids. I think these square knot hemp bracelets would also make really nice stocking stuffers for Christmas. There are lots of different colors of hemp cording you can purchase or you could purchase the plain hemp cording the dye it to the color you desire.
We decided to use two different colors in our bracelets but one color would work well too. You could even leave out the beads all together and just make a square knot bracelet.
Have you ever tried making your own bracelets before? I would love to hear about your creations in the comments below.
Looking for more craft ideas to do with the kids? Find more by following this link to Kid’s Crafts.