March 14, 2013

DIY Crystal Macrame Bracelet for TAGG



I made these bracelets for my monthly project over at The Average Girls Guide, inspired by this bracelet from Chan Luu. You could easily use extra crystals to make these earrings with just glue and earring posts, and I'll share more ideas on how to use similar crystals in another DIY soon.


Tools and materials:
Colored cord (mine's from Michael's)
Baguette or rectangle shaped crystals/rhinestones in sew-on setting (I used these)
Scissors
Tape 
Clear nail polish (optional, but helpful!)



Cut each color of cord into a 54 inch piece. Knot the strings together so that you have a tail of each color at least 9 inches long, with two long tails.

 Tape the knot end in place, and then secure the short tails of string to your surface as well. At this point, it's helpful to rub a drop of clear nail polish onto each short end of the string and allow to dry. This will prevent the string from fray.


Begin knotting the string using a basic square macrame knot. You can check out a video on it here. The trick to a two-colored macrame is that you want to always use the same color string to make the first loop (in my case, orange), alternating sides for each knot like in the photos above. By doing so, I kept the strings in the middle orange and the loops along the edge pink.


Once you've knotted about 2 inches of your bracelet, slide one of the sew-on crystals onto the short center strings by threading through the holes in the setting. Form a knot around the crystal.

Pull the knot tightly, then tie a second knot. Add a second crystal like before. Continue alternating knots and crystals until you've added enough.

 Finish off the bracelet with more square macrame knots. Tie all four loose ends of string together into a simple double knot. Happy making!

4 comments:

  1. What a great project for a group of girls! Thanks for the link to the crystals...it's so frustrating not being able to find the elements people create with.

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  2. As usual I really like this bracelet and tutorial - and my readers LOVE friendship bracelets. Also love it when bloggers put reasonably priced supplies' links into their posts! Posted the top finished bracelet and a link back to you on my Tumblr blog truebluemeandyou.

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  3. Super cute! Love the simple/old-school macrame stitch with a glammed up touch. Nice work!

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  4. Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I featured your blog today on the post Wednesday Weekly Review #22!! (http://blueeyedbeautyblogg.blogspot.com/2013/03/wednesday-weekly-review-22.html)

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement Group Blog

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