Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Braided Hex Nut Bracelet Craft


I thought this would make for a really fun and inexpensive craft for the girls to make while at girls camp. It's super easy and if any mistakes are made starting over only takes a few moments. Ever since I created my first mock up my 13 yr old has been crazy to wear it. I'm taking that as a good sign :)

All you need is:
14-16 hex nuts depending on your wrist size from your local hardware store, Use an even amount
3 14 inch strands of leather cord (I found mine at Walmart on the beading isle)
Its also helpful to have a friend around to hold one end of the strands of leather so you can get a super tight braid OR
Tape to hold one end of the bracelet down

  1. Start by tying a knot at one end of your 3 strands. 
  2. Braid about an inch to an inch and a half depending on your wrist size. getting the braid tight is super important, otherwise the hex nuts will sit sloppy.
  3. Now it is time to add a hexnut to each of your cords just like you would add a strand of hair when doing a french braid. Simply thread a hex nut onto one of the pieces of cord you are getting ready to move over. After you have moved the cord with the hex nut threaded onto it over thread another hex nut onto the next piece of cord to be moved over. 
  4. Repeat this process until you have used all of your hex nuts.
  5. Continue braiding another inch to an inch and a half making your bracelet symmetrical.
  6. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist to make sure you have a good fit. Adjust if necessary.
  7. Tie a knot at the end of the braiding.
  8. Have someone help you tie your bracelet on using a simple knot.
  9. If the leather stretches and the hex nuts become sloppy take a few minutes and rebraid your bracelet.
  10. Congrats you are finished. Enjoy your beautiful new Hex Nut Bracelet!
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