Tuesday, 3 April 2018

DIY Dainty Charm Bracelet

While searching for little gifts for my Cheeky Monkeys last month, I happened upon the sweetest little charm bracelet by sundance.  And although I knew the Monkeys would love its daintiness and simplicity, they are still kids and need jewellery that is robust AND easy to put on and remove.

dainty charm bracelet tutorial diy
Sundance inspiration on the left, our version on the right.

So I devised my own design for my Monkeys, one which still looks dainty and delicate, but is amazingly sturdy and easy for them to put on by themselves.  The beauty of this project is that it can be created in any number of colours and with whichever miniature charms you fancy - let me know if you make some for your friends and family!

Supplies
- 2-3mm hemp cord or waxed linen
- miniature locket or metal charm
- scissors


Method
1. Cut the cord to a length that is 2 1/2 times the final size of your bracelet (e.g. for a 16cm bracelet, cut 40cm of cord).

dainty charm bracelet tutorial diy two cheeky monkeys

2. Thread the charm or locket onto the cord and move it to the middle of the cord.

dainty charm bracelet tutorial diy two cheeky monkeys

3. Form a circle with the cord ends, making sure that the ends overlap with enough extra cord on either side to adjustable sliding knots.

dainty charm bracelet tutorial diy two cheeky monkeys

4. Take one end of cord and wrap it loosely around the main cord three times.  Bring the loose end back to the first coil, then thread the end through all three coils and pull tightly to create a sliding knot.  Repeat with the other end of the cord.

dainty charm bracelet tutorial diy two cheeky monkeys

5. Make a tight knot on one of the free ends of cord, close to the sliding knot, and cut off excess cord.  Repeat with the other sliding knot.

dainty charm bracelet tutorial diy two cheeky monkeys

6. And there you have it, a dainty but strong bracelet that can be adjusted to fit any wrist size!

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