Nuts for Knots II – Studded Friendship Bracelets

And so it continues…forget about pringles, it would appear that when it comes to friendship bracelets, once pop I just can’t stop. Today’s blogpost inspiration comes courtesy of Honestly WTF; if you haven’t heard of these amazing girls, seriously check out their site. I find their stuff totally inspirational and quite often find myself wanting to live in their photographs.

Anyway, after seeing this particular friendship bracelet, I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself. It quite literally merges two styles that I can’t simply get enough of; boho and biker chic (“bikerho chic”? “bohiker chic”? Hmm…let me give this some more thought): Studded Friendship Bracelets.

What you need:

  • 6 different coloured embroidery thread – cut into pairs of 24 inch lengths
  • 4 Screw-on metal studs
  • 2 Metal ring links
  • 1 Metal clasp
  • Thick needle / thin chopstick
  • Sticky Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Small flat screwdriver
  • Lighter

How to:

  1. Align all the thread and tie them in a knot, leaving at least 3 inches of slack at the top. Using sticky tape, stick the thread to a tabletop.
  2. Arrange the 6 of the colours from left to right and then mirror the other 6 from the middle to the right. In this instance I ordered my thread thusly; purple, orange, blue, yellow, green, red, red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple.
  3. Take the furthest left thread (in this case: purple) and tie two forward knots onto the thread to the right of it (the purple thread should make a “4” shape over the orange thread). Continue to double knot the purple thread until it reaches the middle.
  4. Take the furthest right thread (also purple) and tie two backwards knots onto the thread to the left of it (the purple thread should make a backwards “4” shape over the orange thread). Continue to double knot the purple thread until it reaches the middle.
  5. When both purple threads are in the middle, take the right thread and tie a double backwards knot onto the left purple thread.
  6. Continue steps 3 and 4, be sure to remember the order of colours (although after the first couple of lines, you’ll see the pattern emerging and the threads will begin to line up themselves). **Don’t forget to tie double knots
  7. Once the bracelet is as long as you like, tie a knot with the loose threads and cut so that the bottom slack is the same as the top slack (about 3 inches).
  8. Plait the loose threads at either end and tie in separate knots. Using the lighter you can burn the ends to secure the knot.
  9. Measure out the regular intervals you want to place your studs and use a pen to mark each spot. Then, using the thick needle, create a hole in the weave and expand the hole with a thin chopstick end or the tip of the scissors.
  10. Push a screw end of the stud up through each hole in the weave and screw on each of the stud ends, tighten with the screwdriver.
  11. Using a pair of pliers hook the metal clasp onto one of the metal ring links and hook through the bracelet just under one of the knots. Hook the remaining ring link onto the other end just below the other knot.

I really loved this DIY project and I’m totally infatuated with my new bracelet – I’m wearing it anywhere and everywhere and who would’ve guessed that it was finished within one lazy Sunday afternoon! Seriously, why haven’t you tried this for yourself yet?

Happy DIYing!

xoxo   V.

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