May 9, 2012

DIY Cord Bracelet

Recently, Brian and I snuck upstate for a quick weekend away. At my favorite general store, they stock everything from books to groceries to hardware supplies and I find an excuse to go every time we're there, usually under the pretense of getting donuts. DIY supplies are always my ulterior motive, and this time was no exception. Check out this awesome minty-colored cord I picked up for around 5 bucks. $5 of fun, I'd say!


Using the cord and simple jewelry supplies, I made this bracelet. Find the how-to after the jump.

DIY Square Knot Cord Bracelet


Tools and Materials:
Nylon cord/rope (total of about 40 inches)
Super glue, like E6000
2 jump rings
Clasp
2 end caps with loops (with a diameter that will fit your cord)



Cut the cord into two pieces, 20 inches each. Double each piece in half.

Fold each piece in half again. Overlap the cord on the right over the cord on the left, and bring right's loose ends under and then over the left's loop, making a square or reef knot.

Pull both ends tight.


Trim down one end, so all the cords are an even length. Holding them closely together, use the lighter to gently melt down and fuse together the four loose cords (watch your fingers!). While the cord is still slightly melted, pinch the ends together so they fuse to each other. The cord will cool and harden quickly, so work fast.
Put a blob of super glue in the end cap, and stick the fused together cord ends into the cap.

 Repeat on the other end of the bracelet, and let the glue dry.

Add jump rings and clasp to the end caps. Make sure the glue is secure (wait over night) before wearing your new bracelet.


 I love the sporty and knotical look (har har), and the mint green is perfect for spring and summer!


23 comments:

  1. Me encanta esta pulsera y me encanta tu blog. Te sigo desde hace tiempo.
    Felicidades.

    http://amarilloneon.blogspot.com.es/

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  2. this cord is a such a pretty colour!
    www.miouprincesslovespink.blogspot.com

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  3. Love the bracelet...
    Just an FYI, I tried to pin a picture of the finished product, and the "pinning" tool said there weren't any pin-able pictures... sad face
    xx
    Here&Now

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    1. Hi Jessica- strange, I was able to pin it. You can always repin off of my board : )

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  4. This turned out so well - love!

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  5. LOVE this, Erin! I need that cord, it's gorgeous!
    xo
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  6. I love this so much!!!! pretty easy and pretty chic!!! I only need some of those end caps.

    xoxo Julieta
    www.vjuliet.com

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  7. Thanks so much, ladies! xo

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  8. Very pretty! I love the nautical knot, and the cord you used is really pretty!

    LilyAtlantic

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  9. Muy original!!

    http://eljardindekela.blogspot.com.es/

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  10. This is absolutely adorable!!! Perfect. The color is just right!!! This maybe my favorite of your DIY's.
    btw, happy bday to your blog!
    xx
    maya

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  11. LOVE! I have a few weeks off of school...going to have to add this to my To-Do list!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  12. wow, love how awesome yet simple this is!! Gorgeous!

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  13. Love love love this Erin!! Turned out great!

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  14. Love love love this Erin!! Turned out great!

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  15. Love this. (You know how I dig rope jewelry.)

    Glad to see where you got the end caps, too.

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  16. Anonymous2:31 PM

    How pretty! Does anyone know online (or brick-and-mortar) sources for rope to make bracelets like this? Please post if you do.
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen,
      This rope is extremely similar! http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=202048189 I've seen it in Home Depot stores as well.
      Erin

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  17. p.s. Erin, question about the end caps. The Fire Mountain Gem ones look "tulip" shaped. Are those the ones you have? Yours look plain (which is what I'm hoping for.) Tx.

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    1. I actually made my own end caps with loops using something similar to this http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H202215FN and eye pins. For simplicity's sake and saving a step for readers, I linked to the ones with loops already attached. This was another close match: http://ahbeads.com/1060_end-caps.html. p.s.- you should have a contact section on your blog!

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  18. Ooooo. Thanks so much. I like those AHBeads ones. Thanks for the effort, and, yeah, I need to add my dumb E-mail.

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