DIY – tiny karma bracelets
I love seeing that friendship bracelets are making a comeback. When I was young Iwould sit in my room with my little box of cross stitch twine, braiding and weaving bracelets for myself and for my friends. And in college I made macramé necklaces with hemp and beads. (I also wore tie dye and listened to Phish…hippie phase? Absolutely.)
I recently spotted “karma bracelets” on Etsy and I love the concept. Chic friendship bracelets with some good karma woven in…right up my alley. It’s been more than a year since I dug out all my jewelry supplies, but my last experiment was a success, so I decided to dust off my jewelry kit and make some karma bracelets using the knots I learned when I was younger.
I found a few old necklaces that had the type of rings I was looking for, so I took them apart in the name of recycling. I found some dyed hemp twine at my local art store and thought it would work perfectly. Guess I’m still a hippie at heart.
Once I got into a rhythm I was able to make them pretty quickly. The end result? The cutest little things you’ve ever seen! Here’s how I did it.
I started with the hemp twine and some salvaged bits of old necklaces.
I cut four pieces of twine – two 30 inches long and two 20 inches long. I folded the 20 inch pieces in half, looped them thru the ring and pulled the ends thru the loop.
I folded the 30 inch piece in half and centered it under the two middle strands. I folded the right piece over the middle strands and under the left piece. Then I pulled the left piece under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side.
I then folded the left piece over the middle strands and under the right piece. Then I pulled the right piece under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side.
I repeated the steps – left, right, left, right . . .
Once I reached the right length, I flipped it over and started on the other side.
Then I tied a simple knot on each end.
Normally, the bracelets just tie to the wrist, but I thought I’d experiment with clasps so they could be mixed and matched easily.
And here they are! They turned out really well and were so super easy.
So, I think I’ll make a bunch and give them away as little gifts of friendship. Just doing my part to spread some good karma!