A braided bracelet made from bamboo cord with a wooden button
Braid these stripy, twisted bracelets from thin bamboo cord. Add wooden buttons in matching colours for further decoration.
How to do it
Cut three 50 cm bamboo cords (for example two white and one red). Cut two 90 cm bamboo cords (one red and one white). Tie a knot with all five cords approx. 2 cm from one end and another knot 5 cm from the first knot as shown in the photo.
Attach the bamboo cords onto a macramé board. Secure the 2nd knot in the small metal clip on the macramé board. Place the 3 short cords in the middle and the two long cords on either side. You will be using the long cords for braiding the stripes.
Make a braiding knot around the three cords in the middle as shown in the photo. Repeat this braiding knot for 4-5 cm. As you will be braiding around the middle cords, you will need to turn the braiding at the metal clip as you go along.
Thread a button onto one of the three cords in the middle. Continue braiding from underneath the edge of the button for another 4-5 cm. Finish by making two gathering knots like the ones you made at the start; i.e. tying two knots with all the cords approx. 5 cm apart.
Arrange the two ends (each consisting of three cords) over each other in parallel. Make an adjustable knot as shown in the photo by braiding around the six cords with a new piece of red bamboo cord for 2-3 cm around the ends.
Finish the adjustable knot with a reef knot. Trim the ends and secure the reef knot with Clear Multi Glue Gel. Avoid putting glue onto the other cords. Leave to dry completely. A tip: Adults may use instant glue as an alternative.