A girl can never have too much jewelry, right? Make faux raffia bracelets using $1 poly rope, a pendant or charm and some jewelry findings for an easy summer jewelry project. This project was inspired by raffia kumihimo bracelets at the blog El Cuaderno de Ideas. I substituted an easy lanyard knot for the kumihimo and replaced the raffia with colorful poly rope found at Dollar Tree.
- Poly rope, $1
- Small pendant or large charm, on hand
- Two jump rings, on hand
- 9mm or larger end cap, on hand
- Lobster clasp, on hand
Total: $1 and up
Start with one or two packages of poly rope.
Cut a six-foot piece of rope, then separate the individual strands.
Take two strands and fold in half and mark the halfway point. Cross the two pieces at the half mark.
Begin tying a series of lanyard (or crown) knots. For a step-by-step photo and video tutorial on how to tie this knot, see this article at examiner.com.
Tie enough knots to make a bracelet that fits comfortably around your wrist. Slide a jump ring over one strand and add a lobster clasp and a pendant or charm to the ring. My pendants were left over from a Martha Stewart Jewelry project but you can also use a small pendant from an old necklace.
Tie one last knot and add a dab of glue in the middle of the knot before pulling it tight.
Glue an end cap to the other end of the bracelet and allow to dry. Add a jump ring to the end cap.
On the pendant end of the bracelet, cut a strand of rope and wrap just after the final knot and glue. Trim off the ends of the rope strands and fluff for a raffia tassel look.
Make more than one for a summer arm party.