During a recent peruse of net-a-porter, I stumbled across the very lovely – but at $150, a bit pricey for what it is, Proenza Schouler rope bracelet. I was instantly smitten with the bright colors and the “this-came-from-the-hardware-store” feel. I immediately set out to make one myself, and with this easy tutorial, you can too!
Here’s how mine came out:
Pretty awesome, no? And as for the other bracelet? That’s the amazing Honestly WTF‘s hex-nut bracelet – I made it last night at 1AM. Yeah, I know… weird. Some people like their late night snacks… I like my late night crafts.
What you’ll need: About a foot (enough to wrap around your wrist twice) of multi-colored cord – I used some that my sister bought me in India, but both Hope Depot and MJ Trim have a great selection, masking tape, a hook closure also from Home Depot, and embroidery floss. I also snagged some pretty fabulous neon yellow cord at the hardware store, but that’s optional.
Cut your cord so that it fits (snugly) around your wrist two times. Seal the ends with masking tape.
Slide your hook so that it’s about 1/3 of the way in.
Butterfly your cord in the middle with masking tape – sealing the two ends closely together.
Take two colors of embroidery floss (I used taupe and cobalt blue,) and wrap them over the masking taped-area. Knot tightly.
When you are finished wrapping, knot it tightly and seal with a tiny bit of fabric glue.
Then, start on the ends. About an inch from where the wrapped area ends, tie on floss in a bright color (this is where I chose to use the neon yellow cord,) and wrap! Keep this bit small (only wrap for about 1/2 inch.)
This is how it should look when you are done.
Then, start on the other side.
And voila! You are done!
Wear with pride. Not Proenza – better!
This one is a little out there (the boyfriend hates!!) but I think it’s fabulously fun. Wear yours with a basic white tee – and lots of other bracelets. I also like the idea of wearing it with a striped t-shirt dress come summer. Or, go the other direction and pair it with a more tailored look – a blazer (sleeves rolled up,) or classic shift.
No matter how you wear it, this bracelet is meant to be layered with others… so pile them on!
by GRACE ATWOOD
The Stripe is a lifestyle blog for the stylish bookworm. Since its first post in 2010, it has aimed to be a daily source of inspiration for the modern woman. Written by Grace Atwood, The Stripe aims to leave you feeling like you just had coffee with a great girlfriend: savvier, more confident, and always learning something new.