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How to Create a Beautiful Hemp Friendship Bracelet

by Hollie Strack

 

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It is always great to give someone a handmade gift. One that will last a long time and won’t break is even better. Hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers we have. It is abundant, versatile, and relatively cheap. Some hemp jewelry requires a high level of skill with knots, but this project does not. I’m sure most of us remember creating friendship bracelets as a child, this will be similar, but we will add beads to beautify it and make it unique. Hemp comes in a variety of colors and thicknesses, so you can customize jewelry for almost anyone you know. For today’s project we will be using 1mm hemp and creating a women’s bracelet.

Materials list for making a hemp friendship bracelet



Materials list for hemp bracelet


  • Hemp cord (For a women’s bracelet I suggest the .5 or 1mm cord, for a men’s bracelet I would go with 3-4mm)

  • Scissors

  • Beads of your choice (make sure the hole is big enough for the hemp to pass through)

  • Measuring tape (optional but suggested)

  • Bead Reamer (not required if your bead holes are big enough for hemp to pass through)

  • Knotting board or clip board (optional, but suggested for beginners)

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Knots Used in this Project


  • Square Knot

  • Overhand Knot

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How to Create a Friendship Bracelet

1. Measure hemp. Hemp should be 5 times the length of the finished project. For example if you want to make a 7 inch bracelet, you will need 35 inches of hemp.

2. Cut 2 pieces of hemp rope for the length you measured.

3. Line up and fold the two pieces of hemp cord in half.

Line up and fold the two pieces of hemp cord in half

4. Make an overhand knot at the looped end of the cords. (Instructions can be found here)

overhand knot at the looped end of the hemp cords

5. Clip looped cords under the paper holder of a clip board or pin to knotting board.

Clip looped hemp cords under the paper holder of a clip board

6. Make 1 Square knot. (Instructions can be found here)

Make a square knot with the hemp cords

7. Reverse the cords and use the other set to knot. You can incorporate a bead here to help the holding knots in place until you complete the first square knot. Your first square knot should be a little distance from the 2 knots we previously created.

Reverse the hemp cords and use the other set to knot

8. Make 1 square knot.

9. Reverse cords again, add bead, and make 1 square knot.

10. Repeat until you reach the desired length (depending on the knots and beads you use you might have a lot of cord or just enough left over).

11. Tie an overhand knot with all 4 cords.

12. Add a finishing bead, and tie another overhand knot to hold it in place.

A finishing bead for the beautiful hemp friendship bracelet

Browse Hemp Cord

13. Trim the cords to ¼ to ½ inch in length. You can add fabric glue to hold the ends in place but this is not necessary.

**An important note about square knots. Square knots are actually 2 knots. If you create one knot, you have a half-square knot, make sure you finish it out and create the second one on the other side.**

If you are a novice at micro macramé, it may be beneficial to make your knots a little loose so that you can untie them if you make a mistake. It takes time to develop macramé skills, but with a little time and patience anyone can be successful at creating beautiful hemp jewelry.

Something you may want to keep in mind if you have cats. Cats like to chew on hemp cord, this is cute, but it could also be dangerous if they happen to get a piece of it stuck in their throat. When you aren’t using excess hemp, make sure it is in a location that your cat can’t get to it. You can make great cat toys out of hemp. I will cover this in another post.

Hemp jewelry can be stiff and itchy when first created. There is a remedy for this problem. Just place your product in a bowl and pour boiling water over it. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Once it is dry, it should be more flexible and not itchy.

This project is relatively easy to make and doesn’t require a great amount of skill. Hemp can be picked up at your local Wal-Mart, in their craft section for about $5 (this is for .5mm, fatter hemp is a little more). They also have a pretty good selection of beads there for cheap. Jo-Ann Fabric usually has a dollar bead bin or section in their stores as well. Micro-macramé takes a little time to learn but it is completely worth it in the end. Don’t be afraid to try new things, make up your own knots, and add a personal touch to your projects.

Good luck & Happy Crafting!


Related pages

How to Create a Bracelet with a Sliding Clasp | Hemp Jewelry, How to Create an Overhand & a Square Knot