Way back in December I decided that I wanted to make a small gift to pass out with my business cards at my first in person blog conference, Build Your Blog. The conference was the beginning of February so I had to pick something that would be quick and easy to make. I settled on a simple noodle bead bracelet. The trick with bracelets is that everyone has a different wrist size. So I wanted to make it adjustable. Thus the sliding knot.
First I picked out a noodle bead. There were a ton of choices out there. I went with a 3 mm by 50 mm bead. That gave me a whole size of approximately 2 mm. Then I knew whatever cording I picked needed to fit through 2 mm. I ended up choosing 1 mm wax cording. It was not my first choice, as I wanted round leather cording, but it was what fit.
The bracelets were simple enough to make and pretty inexpensive, since I purchased my materials through ebay. I purchased my cording from this seller and my noodle beads from this seller. The colors of cording I used were turquoise, fuchsia, golden yellow, and chocolate brown. I have seen both of these items at local craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby, but I wanted more than a dozen bracelets.
I cut my cording about 14 inches. You want to make sure that you have enough overlap to make the sliding knots. Slide on your bead.
First fold the end back to create a loop.
Then wrap the end around the back.
Over the top and around through the bracelet again.
Take the end and put it through the loop. Pull tight.
Trim down the excess, leaving a short tail. Repeat for the other knot.
See? Easy peasy.
I made a bajillion of them. I still have a bajillion of them. I think if I did it again I would attach the bracelets to my business cards so that everyone who picked up a card from the business card table would also get one.
I guess I already have bracelets for my next blog conference.
If you make some I’d love to see them. Share them via social media with the hashtag #ambersimmonsblog.