Here is another easy rope bracelet inspired by the designs of Miansai.  Dollar store jump rope can substitute for utility rope and offers a wide range of colors.  This particular bracelet combines bright rope with neutral cord tied in a series of square knots.

Project estimate:

  • Jump rope, $1
  • Carabiner key chain, $1
  • String or light cord, on hand or $1
  • Glue, on hand

Total:  $2 and up

For this project you will need about 20 inches of rope and about 12 feet of light weight cord. (For the length of rope, consider how long you want your finished bracelet to be, double that and add another half inch.) You will also need a spring or snap hook, which you can pick up at a hardware store for a few cents or you can use an actual jewelry closure.

The hardest part is creating a double width of rope that looks seamless.  To do this lightly burn the ends of your rope about a quarter inch in from the end. Then trim the end. This should give you an end that will not fray but is also not too stiff or melted.

Now feed your rope through the snap hook and butt the two ends of the rope together.  Lightly glue with fabric glue and then also glue to the other half of the rope, as show below. Allow glue to dry.

Fold your cord in half to find the center, and then tie the center around one end of the bracelet.

Tie a series of square knots until you reach the end of the bracelet. (See this tutorial for how to tie square knots.)  Then tie off your cord.

Enjoy your summer-ready bracelet.