How to Make a Men's Hemp Bracelet

Men wear jewelry too and the masculine tones of a hemp bracelet with simple wooden or plastic large hole beads make an attractive accessory for men. I have been making women’s jewelry for some time now utilizing metal and beading techniques to make necklaces and earrings to fit my own wardrobe and my own sense of fashion. I have just recently begun to experiment with hemp as my husband and sons have expressed an interest in wearing bracelets. After they saw my first few pieces, they have all asked for one of their own. I have thus far experimented with two styles – the simple braid and the square knot pattern. As the square knot has become my favorite, the following instructions will allow you to fairly easily replicate a twisted hemp men’s bracelet with beading.

Black hemp spiral men's hemp bracelet with plastic large holed beads.
Black hemp spiral men's hemp bracelet with plastic large holed beads. | Source

Materials required for a Men’s Hemp Bracelet

  • Hemp Cord
  • Large-holed wooden, plastic or metal beads
  • Scissors
  • Clip board
  • Binder clip
  • Measuring Tape
  • Glue

Instructions for Creating a Men's Hemp Bracelet

There are several parts involved in making a men's hemp bracelet.

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Step 1  Measuring bracelet length.Step 3  The loop.Step 4.1  Beginning the overhand knot.Step 4.2Step 4.3  The finished overhand knot.Step 5  Sizing the loop using finishing bead.
Step 1  Measuring bracelet length.
Step 1 Measuring bracelet length. | Source
Step 3  The loop.
Step 3 The loop. | Source
Step 4.1  Beginning the overhand knot.
Step 4.1 Beginning the overhand knot. | Source
Step 4.2
Step 4.2 | Source
Step 4.3  The finished overhand knot.
Step 4.3 The finished overhand knot. | Source
Step 5  Sizing the loop using finishing bead.
Step 5 Sizing the loop using finishing bead. | Source

Preparing the Hemp Cords:

  1. Fit a strand of hemp around the intended wearer’s wrist if possible. Add 4 inches for the loop and for tying off the last bead. Measure off a piece of hemp twice this size and fold in half. This will be your anchor cords.
  2. Your tying cords should be about 5 times the size of your anchor cords, so measure a piece of hemp 5 times the size of the anchor cord, double it and fold in half.
  3. Place the shorter cord (the anchor cords) inside the fold of the longer cords (the tying cords). You now have a double loop where the cords fold.
  4. Tie an overhand knot.
  5. To ensure the resulting loop is the correct size, choose your last, large bead and fit it inside the loop. Push the knot snugly against the bead. This loop will form your closure for the finished bracelet. When the knot is positioned correctly, remove the bead and make sure the knot is tight.

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Step 1.  Attach loop to clip board.Step 1.1Step 2  Attach anchor cords to clip board with binder clip.Step 3  Pass right cord (blue) overtop of anchor cords.Step 4  Left cord (black) is overtop of right cord (blue.Step 5.1  Left cord (black) passes underneath anchor cords and right cord (blue).Step 5.2  Left cord pulled through hole on right.Step 6 Tighten the knot.
Step 1.  Attach loop to clip board.
Step 1. Attach loop to clip board. | Source
Step 1.1
Step 1.1 | Source
Step 2  Attach anchor cords to clip board with binder clip.
Step 2 Attach anchor cords to clip board with binder clip. | Source
Step 3  Pass right cord (blue) overtop of anchor cords.
Step 3 Pass right cord (blue) overtop of anchor cords. | Source
Step 4  Left cord (black) is overtop of right cord (blue.
Step 4 Left cord (black) is overtop of right cord (blue. | Source
Step 5.1  Left cord (black) passes underneath anchor cords and right cord (blue).
Step 5.1 Left cord (black) passes underneath anchor cords and right cord (blue). | Source
Step 5.2  Left cord pulled through hole on right.
Step 5.2 Left cord pulled through hole on right. | Source
Step 6 Tighten the knot.
Step 6 Tighten the knot. | Source

Tying the Half Knot:

  1. Attach the loop to a clip board. Observe the four cords hanging down. The two inner cords are the anchor cords and the two outer cords are the tying cord.
  2. Fasten the two anchor cords to the bottom of the clipboard with a binder clip.
  3. Pass the right tying cord over top of the two anchor cords.
  4. Pass the left tying cord over top of the right tying cord.
  5. Pass the left tying cord under both of the anchor cords and the right tying cord and then up through the hole on the right.
  6. Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot. REMEMBER: over-over-under-through-tie
  7. Continue steps 9 – 12 to create a spiral design bracelet using half knots.


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Step 1Step 2.1  Step 2.2Step 2.3  Finishing the half knot under the bead.
Step 1
Step 1 | Source
Step 2.1
Step 2.1 | Source
Step 2.2
Step 2.2 | Source
Step 2.3  Finishing the half knot under the bead.
Step 2.3 Finishing the half knot under the bead. | Source

Adding Beads to the hemp bracelet:

  1. To make the bracelet shown: After every inch of half knots, thread a large hole bead through the two anchor cords.
  2. Continue making half knots under the bead following steps 9 – 12, adding beads after every inch of half knots.

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Step 1-2  String large bead on two anchor cords.Step 3  Make a right hand knot.Step 4 -6 Make a left half knot and secure.Square knot under end bead.Step 7.1  Hold all 4 cords to make an overhand knot.Step 7.2  Make an overhand knot.Step 7.3  Pull tight to the bead.Step 8  Place a dab of glue on the square knot.Step 9  Cut the four cords leaving 1/2 inches of cord.
Step 1-2  String large bead on two anchor cords.
Step 1-2 String large bead on two anchor cords. | Source
Step 3  Make a right hand knot.
Step 3 Make a right hand knot. | Source
Step 4 -6 Make a left half knot and secure.
Step 4 -6 Make a left half knot and secure. | Source
Square knot under end bead.
Square knot under end bead. | Source
Step 7.1  Hold all 4 cords to make an overhand knot.
Step 7.1 Hold all 4 cords to make an overhand knot. | Source
Step 7.2  Make an overhand knot.
Step 7.2 Make an overhand knot. | Source
Step 7.3  Pull tight to the bead.
Step 7.3 Pull tight to the bead.
Step 8  Place a dab of glue on the square knot.
Step 8 Place a dab of glue on the square knot. | Source
Step 9  Cut the four cords leaving 1/2 inches of cord.
Step 9 Cut the four cords leaving 1/2 inches of cord. | Source

Finishing the Men’s Hemp Bracelet:

  1. When you are 2 to 2½ inches from the end of the anchor cords, insert the large bead you chose for your end bead.
  2. Pass the bead through the two anchor cords.
  3. Follow steps 1 – 6 of Tying the Half Knot to make a right half knot.
  4. Then, make a left half knot by reversing the order of the cords. Pass the left tying cord over top of the two anchor cords.
  5. Pass the right tying cord over top of the left tying cord.
  6. Pass the right tying cord under both of the anchor cords and the left tying cord and then up through the hole on the left. Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot. You have now made a square knot.
  7. Make one tight overhand knot at the base of the last bead using all four cords.
  8. Dab glue onto the knot for safety.
  9. Cut all four cords, leaving about ½ inch length to further ensure the knot does not unravel.

Men's Hemp Bracelet with beads.
Men's Hemp Bracelet with beads. | Source

If all goes well you will have a men's spiral hemp bracelet that looks somewhat like the photo. Mistakes will be made as I made many learning this technique. As you progress, there are many other knots and patterns and bead arrangements that can be used to create a variety of men's hemp bracelets. As I master and create more styles, I will update this hub. Enjoy the creative process!

© 2012 Teresa Coppens

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Ooh, I love those half-square knots! I love making this kind of jewelry for gifts. :D Nice job!


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Nice, reminds me of the cheapo plastic lanyards we used in camp. Hemp is much nicer. Great pics and you've made it really clear. Thanks!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks cclitgirl. They are a breeze to make and so easy to modify and embellish. I've already got orders from my boys!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I remember making those in camp also. Hemp is also nicer to work with. Glad you liked the hub!


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Abdul Wahabone 4 years ago from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia

ohh, its so much more meaningful if someone makes it for you as a gift , rather than buying it somewhere.

great hub........


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Abdul, I agree with you there. Homemade gifts have so much more meaning.


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Jonathan Hamada 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Very interesting post. I will try this later today!!


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Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Good luck Jonathan in your creation. They are quite easy to make and look good too. Thanks for your kind comment.


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thirdworldcraft 3 years ago from Nepal

Hemp bracelet with a bead on it...Really creative design...like it...:)


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Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so very much thirdworldcraft. Glad you enjoyed the design. Hope you get a chance to try it out!


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

This is perfect. I make women's bracelets and necklaces but wasn't sure how to make one for men. Thanks for posting!


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Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi epbooks! Glad to have you visit. The men's hemp bracelet is not extremely difficult to make. My son loved the designs I made for him. I hope you give it a try!

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