When I found Devora Libin's spiked macrame bracelets, I knew I finally had the perfect use for a big spool of pink string I grabbed at the hardware store. The same string (also known as mason twine) is available in loads of bright, sunny colors. Add some spikes and your basic square knot macrame bracelet has a major upgrade. While the inspiration pieces are $100, you can do it yourself for less than $10 and 20 minutes.
Tools and Materials:
5 to 6 1/2 inch tree spikes (only $1.62 for 5 on Studsandspikes.com!)
Lighter (to fuse the ends to keep from unraveling)
Cut two pieces of string: one two feet long, another 6 feet long. Fold both pieces of string in half, line up the folds, and knot them together.
Secure the knot to your work area using tape or a clip. Line up the strings so the two shorter pieces are in the center, with a longer piece of each side.
Take the longer string on the left, and form a loop on the left by overlapping the left string over the short center strings and under the right longer string, so it looks like the number 4. Bring the end of right string under the center strings and through the loop formed by the left string. Pull both the right and left ends tight to make the knot. Repeat on the opposite sides, making a loop with the right string, and bringing the left string under the center strings and through the loop. Pull tight.
Keep repeating this, alternating sides, forming 10 knots (5 on the left, 5 on the right). (HINT: If you forget what side you're on, make the "4" go in the same direction last little knot. In the picture above, it's on the left.)
Place a spike in between the short center strings, resting the string in the narrowest part of the spike.
Form the next knot around the spike, and holding the center strings taunt, pull the longer strings tight in the knot. Continue forming knots, and add another spike.
I spaced my spikes with 7 knots in between each spike. Continue knotting and adding all your spikes. I used 5.
After you have added your last spike, tie another 10 knots. You may want less or more, depending on your bracelet size. Double knot together all the string ends. Trim to desired length and use the lighter to gently melt and fuse the ends.