Day 8 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is another quickie stocking stuffer that’s super quick to make. You only need a few materials for this stretch bracelet tutorial and can personalize these to your hearts content. Don’t just stop at one either, make a handful for someone to stack on their wrists for extra bling.
Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial
Crafting Time: 10 Minutes for a set
.7mm Stretch Magic Cord
Glue, bonding-agent, or clear nail polish
Fabric or mat to keep materials from rolling away
Scissors & Ruler
Start playing with your beads and lay them out in the pattern that they should be strung. Bracelets are typically 7 to 8 inches around for small to medium sized beads. For extra chunky beads, 8 to 9 inches may be more appropriate.
Cut about 12 inches of cord. You need enough to comfortably string the beads plus extra for tying – cutting the cord too short will make your knots difficult to complete.
String your beads in the pattern you laid them out. I prefer to have my largest bead on the end and I’ll tell you why in a minute. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, you can wrap it around your wrist to measure and see if the length is good. Just fiddle with it a little until you love it.
Tie a square knot with your cord. Make it tight enough that the beads are not loose as they’ll shift around and you’ll be able to see the cord. However, don’t tie the knot so tight that the elastic is stretched which will bunch up the beads and won’t fit properly. Dab a little glue on the center of the knot and tighten it. Set aside while you string the rest and let the glue dry a little.
Now about that large bead. I like to have the largest bead next to my knot so that once I clip off the excess cord, I can slip the knot into the bead. This helps to make sure you can’t see the knot and that it will be protected inside the bead making it less likely to come undone or break. When you pull the knot into the bead, do so slowly so that you don’t accidentally break the string.
* A note on cord size *
I like the .7mm size for most bracelets. The .5mm is prone to snapping when worn because it’s a little delicate. The 1mm is nice for larger beads, but once the knot is tied it’s usually too large to fit into small beads and will remain visible. You can pick up Stretch Magic at most craft stores.
If you love this set, you can also head over to my shop to pick some up!