Cord Braiding
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Cord Braiding

Learn to make a cord braid! It's perfect for friendship bracelets.

Designed by Jessica Danos.

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Tropical Cotton Braiding Cord
  • Tropical Silky Cord
  • Tropical Stars Sample Pack
  • Faceted Beads Sample Pack
  • Wood Pony Beads
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Clipboard
  • Ruler
 

Project Instructions

STEP 1: Cut 2 cords 5 feet long. Fold cords in half. Tie the folded part into a large knot, leaving a half inch loop at the top. Anchor the cord with tape or clip it down on a clipboard.

STEP 2: Choose either a Square or Spiral Knot Pattern and follow tying instructions accordingly.

Spiral Knot Bracelet:

Cross left strand over base strands and under right strand.
Pass right strand under the base strands and over the left strand.
Pull outside strands tight as you slide the knot up.
Repeat and continue knotting until you get to desired length.

 

Square Knot Bracelet:

Cross left strand over base strands and under right strand.
Pass right strand under the base strands and over the left strand.
Pull outside strands tight as you slide the knot up.
Make same knot using the new right strand. Cross the new right strand over the base strands and under left strand.
Pass new left strand under base strands and over right strand.
Repeat first 5 steps until you reach desired length.

 

STEP 3: Add beads during braiding:

Slip the bead onto the two base strands and continue knotting. The outside strands wrap around the outside of the bead.
If you have a large-hole bead, you can slip it over all four strands and continue knotting below the bead.

STEP 4: Measure braided bracelet for wrist size.

STEP 5: When your bracelet reaches the desired length, gather all of the cords together and tie them into a single knot. Cut off any excess cord. To close bracelet, slip the loop through the ½" loop to close the bracelet.

Tips

Mix and match cord colors and beads for unique designs!