DIY braided rhinestone bracelet

May is a busy period in Hong Kong. You can sense that extra rush where people go on overdrive – aiming to finish as much work as possible – before heading off for relaxing summer vacations. For me, May is also a hectic time as several family members and friends celebrate their birthday. In particular, I’ve had a difficult time to come up with original gift ideas. It just seem like everyone have everything. The days of a straight forward wish-list is clearly FAR behind. In agony not knowing what to get to one of my good friends, I decided to make a friendship bracelet in a chunky bedazzled version. I love anything white in summer and therefore used white cotton rope and glitzy rhinestones to create a casual yet trendy piece – perfect to stack onto tanned arms.

What you need:

  • Rope
  • Rhinestones
  • Thread
  • End cap and Clasp

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1. 4-way braiding: I wanted to make a big chunky bracelet so did a 4-way braiding x 2 ropes opposed to the traditional 3-way. 4-way braiding is more or less the same as 3-way, but you need to be careful the got the first and last rope into the right position. Once the braid is ready, seal the ends tape or making a knot. For detailed step-by-step instructions for 4-way braiding, check out this tutorial.

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2. Sew on the rhinestones: pick rhinestones in a nice colour palette and different shapes. I decided to match clear holographic stones with green ones.Use a thread with matching colour of the ropes and sew on the stones. Sew through the braided ropes – it makes the braided ropes more “stable”.

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3. Before adding the end cap and clasp, try the bracelet around your wrist to ensure it’s the right size. Cut off the ends slightly if it’s too big.

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Ta Da! Ready!

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