DIY Rope Bracelet
I feel in love with the Rope Hawley Bracelet at the Anthropologie store, but as we all know their items can be a bit pricey. A whopping $118 to be exact! This bracelet seemed so simple to make, just get some upholstery cording and colored floss.
So off to the craft store I went to figure out how to make a similar but prettier version of this unique bracelet. First I needed huge beads that would fit two strands of rope through the middle of it, well no such luck finding those.
So I had to improvise! I searched around Michaels for a substitution and what I found will make you laugh. I spotted glow stick bracelets in a super hard cardboard tube in the dollar section. I tested them for sturdiness and brought them home to make my own beads! Crazy right! Here’s how I did it~
DIY Rope Bracelet
- Twisted Cotton cording for upholstery (Joann Fabrics) 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch
- Embroidery floss, Bakers twine and/or cording in various colors
- Hard cardboard tubing
- Large Bead Landing Round & Round Decorative Rings
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Scrapbook decorative fabric sticker strips in chevron and cork
- Floral tape
- Gold metallic spray paint
- Hot glue and gun
Cut your rope as neatly on the ends as possible to fit your wrist. Leave a little room for trimming on the ends. (Mine ended up being around 9 inches). Put your hot glue gun on a cool setting so you can touch the glue before it’s dry.
Glue the rope ends and twist tightly to seal them. Then cut the tip of the glued end off so it is flat. Do the same with the other side. Add your beads.
The large rings I purchased by Bead Landing were a tarnished brass color and since I am on a gold jewelry kick these days, I painted them with gold spray paint. They came out fabulous!
You could go one more step and decoupage them to make them shiny. I like the fabric and cork texture so I left them as is. Add the rings to your ropes and hot glue the ends together.
Make large bead: Take your cardboard tube, remove the wrapper and ends. Measure the width of your scrapbook strips and cut your tube with a sharp kitchen knife to match the dimensions. Sawing slowly with a sharp kitchen knife so not to tear the tube. Trim with scissors.
Hot glue the strip to the tube. You could go one more step and decoupage them to make them shiny. I like the fabric and cork texture so I left them as is. Add the rings to your ropes and hot glue the ends together.
The next step I did was wrap floral tape to the seams of the ropes where you hot glued them together. You can skip this step if your bracelets are nice and smooth at the seams. Mine were a little sloppy so I wrapped them with tape to even out the texture.
Adding the floral tape allows the floss to adhere to the rope and wrap more smoothly.
Take the end of your floss and little hot glue and glue it to the rope. Wrap your floss over and over tightly. Bend the rope, check for openings in the floss and wrap again. Hot glue the finished end of the floss down. Wrapping takes a little bit of practice, but once you get in the groove it gets easier.
And that’s it! I love them! I actually love them more than the Anthropologie Hawley Bracelet, especially that Chevron one!
These are so awesome. I was wondering what size rope did you use? Are they 1/2″, 3/4″ 1″?
Thanks for sharing this amazing project.
I made these fun bracelets a while ago so I am not sure of the exact measurements of the cording and I do not have a sample of the cording in my stash. I want say they were 1 inch but it could have been 1 /14. I would go by the diameter of rings that you can find to go over the cording. With the 1-inch cording would be easier to find rings, than larger rings for a larger cording. I hope that makes sense.
so fun. these will get “pinned” for sure. :D Thanks for sharing them.
Oh my… Amazing work!! A new follower from Share the Love Blog Hop. Following you on G+ & Bloglovin. Have a good day. :-)
These are amazing! I see a summer craft for my daughter and I! Thanks for sharing!
These are great! I like yours way better than the Anthro ones – theirs look more like a kindergarten craft project! $118 – seriously?! (Anthro is generally over-priced! I collect cute kitchen towels and found their $24 ones at World Market for $8 – just sayin’)
What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you’re having a splendid week.
These are gorgeous! I need to buy some rope!
Visiting from Hope Studios
These are gorgeous! If you get a chance I’d love you to share them at my link party –
These are so cute! I featured them today at Mod Mix Monday!
Um….. Okay these are amazing!!! How creative!
I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!
Aren’t you clever?! These are so pretty. I saw them on Anthropologie also and yours are so much better. I’m so glad you joined us at Transformed Tuesday this week.
This is AWESOME!!!! Im headed to the craft store today!!! I’m obsessed with bracelets!
Thanks for sharing- Shelly
Where did you get the rope knot??
I got it on vacation in Savannah, GA a couple of years ago. You can use cotton Upholstery cording found in a fabric store.
Kim, I LOVE these! Found your post featured on Titi’s Blog Hop and had to stop by. Would you please come over to my site on Tuesday for my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop (sounds silly, doesn’t it? It is a day early this week!) I hope to see you there!
Thank you so much for stopping by and linking this up at Bewitch Me & Titi! You are being featured tomorrow!!! Yayyyy Hope to have you there tomorrow with a new awesome creation and grabbing your featured button!!!
Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far!
Great job, I actually like the one you did better, Love it,
I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend, And who knows, you may just get featured next week.
Goodness, Kim, your post has received A LOT of love! Thank you for sharing this collection in our Bowdabra Crafty Showcase. What a beautiful, inspired idea.
Your project is in our Feature Friday post and think it would be great to make and give to mom or any female on Mother’s Day! Stop over and see your feature. This means, too, that we pinned you to our Feature Friday Board on Pinterest and gave you a Facebook shout out!
Thanks for sharing with us each week!
So adorable. Featured these on The Patriotic Pam! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Kim, for showing how to do this bracelet. It’s PINNED and will be featured at the new party tonight!! You’re the best! Linda
Wow! Ah-mazing! Those Anthro bracelets are such a steep price and you created ones that are better, in my opinion ;) Thanks so much for linking this up to Give Me The Goods Monday. Hope to see you again next week ;)
These are adorable… I am featuring them this evening during the link party!
You have been featured at Craftionary. :)
These are seriously adorable! I love an arm party– especially when its on a budget!
These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I’d love for you to come link up this and some of your other projects at my new party!
Thanks for sharing this on our Brag About It party! Come see us on Thursday as we co-host Favorite Thing party. You know we LOVE these cool bracelets.
Those are amazing! I love them and can’t wait to try making these cute, stylin’ bracelets. We are DIY’ers too and following you from the Brag About It hop. I am so glad to have found your blog. You can visit us too sometime at
Love these! You did a great job, completely impressed. We would love to feature this post on our site if you’d like to. Let us know
Thanks!! Sharon and Denise
oops one more thought – come link to our Brag About It party Tuesday (just launched our parties so you won’t get lost in a giant crowd.)
These are super awesome! Love the nautical touch they could add to any outfit!
I agree, yours turned out much better then the anthropologie version. You hit this project straight out of the park! Pinned.
This is AWESOME!! I hope you are opening an Etsy shop! This would be a huge hit! I am heading over to your facebook to give you a new like!
What a great idea! Pinning!!!
These are so cool & your knock off is amazing. Luv it!
I’m thinkin’ that I need to follow your tute and make some, they’re blinking gorgeous! x
What a wonderful tutorial. They look awesome. Thank you for sharing.
These are sooo pretty I just love them.. they are the perfect accessory to any outfit! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
Amie @ Pinkapotamus
These are so cool I love them
It would be great if you came and shared them at my link party at
Hugs aimee xxxx
Kim – these are fantastic! I love them! Pinned! :)
OMG these are fabulous!! I’m doing inventory in my head… and I think I have everything to make it lol. Pinning!!
Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.
– The Tablescaper
OK….How can I get my hands on one of your rope bracelets? I want one. Really!
I love the bracelets you’ve created. In fact I think I might use your wonderful tutorial to make my daughter some. Thanks for sharing.
I love it! Such a great tutorial. I love what they are made of and the neutral colors! Excellent! Thank you for sharing this at The Creative Blog Hop:
I LOOOOOVE it!!!! Super nice and crafty tutorial, I gotta make one! Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to have this in my Link Party that is live today! Yayyyy so cool!
Hope you are having an awesome weekend…
These are adorable! Yours look so much better then the anthropologie ones. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:
These look great! Thanks for sharing your take! I think I actually like yours better. :)
Hi Kim, I love these! Saw them at the What’s Shaken link party. Thank you so much for sharing these – pinned and shared on my FB page! Have a wonderful weekend!
Oh my gosh! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these bracelets! I wouldn’t pay $118 for them, but I’d probably pay $45 for them, so I’m glad to know I can make them myself…I’m just worried I wouldn’t make them as well as you do!
FYI: I’m visiting from the blog hop. Have a great day! :-)
Cute! I wish there were an Anthropologie anywhere near me – people seem to find such great things to make inspired by them!
OMG I think you are a genius! I need one! So beautiful.
Love these?? I scanned but may have missed where you said – did you just use rings (like for your fingers) on these? They’re gorgeous! The tubes were brilliant!
This is a great idea! Nautical is so fun for spring!
Found you on Pinterest and I have to say, I like yours better than Anthro’s. These are AWESOME!
These came out so cute.
These are so pretty!
Ahhhh, Kim!! Love, love, love, love these!!! Pinning! I am so into the sailor, ocean, rope thing! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof
These are fabulous! I am definitely going to give these a try. They would make great end-of-the-year teacher gifts. :) Thanks for linking up to Shine on Fridays!
Soooo cute! I love this!
They look great! What a wonderful knock off!
I love these! They are so gorgeous! I am definitely pinning! I love your version more than the originals!
WOW, these are absolutely amazingly striking pieces of jewelry. Excellent job.