DIY Rainbow-Braided Double Chain

Ah I love rainbows! And anything neon! Seriously, I’m still a complete geek for My Little Pony, Troll Dolls, Rainbow Brite, Carebears…all that 80s girly goodness…Oh I love it, seriously it’s like crack to me! Anyway, taking that as my inspiration – because let’s face it – it’s never far from my mind; I’ve been kind of obsessed with using neon ombre rainbow embroidery thread in anything and everything lately. I actually made another studded friendship bracelet using these threads recently which I utterly adore. So, because one can never have to much colour in their lives, I decided on a whim (most of my ideas are impulsive…and can be hatched out of boredom) to make this simply yet chic bracelet – many thanks to Daisy Nguyen of PSbananas for the inspiration on Instagram!

What you need:

  • 2 lengths medium gold chain
  • 6 lengths of neon rainbow embroidery thread
  • 1 gold spring clasp
  • Super glue
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

How to:

  1. Measure out the length of your wrist and cut two lengths of chain accordingly.
  2. Measure out and cut 6 lengths of thread – double your wrist circumference in length.
  3. Align the threads and tie a knot at the top, you can leave a bit of slack (this will be trimmed later anyway)

  4. Split the threads into 2 bunches of three strands. Thread the top link of one chain onto one bunch and the other chain onto the other bunch. This is the starting point of the braiding – the knot should sit at the top and the two chains should lie parallel; side-by-side.

  5. Cross the two bunches over and thread them through the opposite link, one row down. This should create an “X” over the middle of the two chains lengths.

  6. Thread the each bunch through through the next rows of links.
  7. Continue steps 5 and 6 until both lengths of the chains are fully braided.

  8. Pull the two bunches of threads back together and tie a knot in the end, this knot (like the top knot) should sit under the last two links.
  9. Connect the spring clasp to one end of the chains with a spare chain link (these are pretty pliable so shouldn’t be difficult to open & close).

  10. Trim the ends of the threads and put a few drops of super glue to secure the knots. Leave to dry.

This bracelet is pretty easy to make…and just plain pretty! I love it so much I’m actually tempted to try making a necklace, perhaps experiment with different threads and metal chains – oh the ideas and inspiration! So give it a go for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Happy DIYing!

xoxo   V.

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