After last week’s bracelet DIY, I thought it would be fun to do another summery bracelet. (If your curious, next week’s DIY will be another summer bracelet, too – the reason for this is that I’ve had several busy weeks topped off with weekend travel plans, and materials for bracelets travel incredibly well!) Last summer, the brilliant ladies of Honestly WTF slayed me with this fabulous wrap bracelet. Ball chain – what a brilliant idea! This bracelet uses three pieces of ball chain. While starting it is a bit tricky (I had to redo a few of mine,) perseverance pays off. If you wrap the waxed linen properly, the result is absolutely beautiful – and once you get the swing of it, they become very easy. (I made two of mine during our road trip up from LA to Santa Barbara!)
What you’ll need:
- Colorful Waxed Linen (about 2.5 yards.)
- Ball Chain (about 15 inches, cut into three five inch pieces.)
Begin the bracelet by cutting the waxed linen into six pieces. You’ll want four pieces that are approximately 24 inches long, and two pieces that are approximately 40 inches long. Take all 6 pieces and knot firmly together.
Take your six strands and divide them into three bundles of two. Braid for about three inches.
When you finish braiding, separate the strands. Put the four shorter strands together in the middle, and pull the longer strands out to the sides.
Take two of your pieces of ball chain, and pinch them together with the four bottom strands.
Wrap each of the two longer strands of linen around the ball chain, securing it to the bottom four strands.
Once you have the first two pieces of ball chain secure, add in your third piece – wrapping firmly. You’ll want to wrap each strand diagonally, from opposite directions. (This will ensure that you get a really nice criss-cross pattern.)
Wrap slowly and tightly. I found that it works best to wrap in one direction for a bit, stop, and then wrap over that in the opposite direction with the other piece of thread.
Continue wrapping in both directions until you get to the very end.
When you get to the end, gather all of the stands together and knot firmly. Braid for another three inches, knot, and you are done!
And pair with last week’s bracelet. Don’t they look pretty together?
Make them for everyone you know… preferably, poolside!