DIY Hex Nut Braided Wrap Bracelet


I've mentioned before (in my Woven Chain Collar Necklace post) that one of my favorite DIY blogs and inspirations is Honestly WTF. There are some seriously awesome jewelry and accessories posts on that site. This tutorial is basically a re-post from her website - who wouldn't want to share such an awesome project? I love using hardware for purposes other than its intended one, like for a mini magnet succulent planter, or a necklace. It definitely gives me some satisfaction going to Home Depot as a solo female, confidently browsing aisles for some cool items, and leaving with a full bag of purchases!

See below for my own pictures and instructions for a hex nut bracelet, just like Honestly WTF's!

Things you will need:
- Cotton rope
- Brass hex nuts (available at your local hardware store!) - I used 18
- Scissors


How to make a hex nut bracelet
How to make a hex nut bracelet pt 2
  1. Cut 3 pieces of rope, about 30 inches long.
  2. Tie a knot about 4-5 inches from the ropes' ends.
  3. Begin braiding from the knot.
  4. After about 4-5 inches of braiding, start adding a hex nut at every bend of the braid. 
    1. Thread a hex nut onto outer strand before crossing it over the middle strand.
    2. Push the hex nut up to the base of the braid, and then cross it over the middle strand.
    3. Thread a hex nut onto the other outer strand. Cross it over the other strand (which is now in the middle and has a hex nut on it).
    4. Your braid may come loose as you keep working. That's okay! Gently tighten the braid, pushing the hex nuts upwards, but making sure they stay in place. It's very easy for them to get jumbled when you're tightening the braid, so take your time doing this.
    5. Continue until you run out of hex nuts!
  5. Once you've used your hex nuts, continue braiding normally. Make sure your braid is tight, particularly where the hex nuts end, so that it holds everything in place.
  6. Tie a knot after about 4-5 inches of braiding. Almost done. You should have quite a bit of rope left.
  7. Finish the bracelet by making a closure.
    1. Taking the slack at the other end ("the beginning", where there is only 4-5 inches of rope), use the slack to tie a knot around the other end ("the end"), which has the longer slack. 
      This knot will slide up and down the rope at the end to allow you to loosen and tighten the bracelet. 
    2. Now you just need to add a knot at the end to prevent it from sliding completely off. So, try on your bracelet. Decide if you want the bracelet to wrap around your wrist twice or three times (depending on your preferences and how much rope you have left.) 
    3. Test how much slack you will need at the end to get the bracelet on and off.  Marking that spot, tie a knot there. Now you should be able to wrap the bracelet on your wrist, tighten it by pulling at the end, loosen it by sliding the knot down the end, and take the bracelet off!

Looks great with other wrap bracelets, yeah?