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Make These Easy Hemp Bracelets For 4TH of July Fashion
Red White and Blue Fashion Hemp Bracelets
Using Hemp to make a fashion statement for the 4Th of July is a good way to show your love for the USA. Hemp is available in many colors and using Red, White and Blue hemp cord to make a variety of bracelets is a lot of fun. You can make these simple bracelets for yourself or have a holiday get together and use this project as a way to share your country loyalty and a good time with friends and family. This would also make a nice gift or memento for the up and coming 4TH of July Holiday. Follow these step by step instructions to make your Red White and Blue hemp bracelets.
Make fun bracelets for the 4TH of July fashion
List of Materials and Tools
- hemp cord in red white and blue
- red white and blue beads
- a bead reamer
Gather your materials and tools
Taking The Materials on the Road
No matter what your family plans are for the holiday, this 4TH of July you could include this activity anywhere. It could be done in the car while you are traveling to keep the children busy. It is also a good way to set everyone in the family down under a shade tree in the park during a family reunion.
You might have some bored youngsters who can't seem to find anything to do now that school is out. Having them gather for a bracelet making activity is a project they can enjoy and later give the bracelets as gifts. The 4TH of July can be a fashion statement when everyone makes and wears one of these easy hemp designs.
A Bit About Materials
Other than scissors you really only need the hemp cord. The bracelets can be made by tying and knotting the cords. Adding beads makes it more fun. It also makes the finished bracelet a way to express your creativity.
Now, when finding beads it is always best just to pick out what you like. There are so many different kinds of beads, that your choices are very broad. Just be sure to get beads that will string on hemp cord.
Hemp cord can be purchased in most craft stores or on the web in a wide range of colors and sizes. Use smaller cord with smaller beads and larger cord for larger beads. When you start making your bracelets they can be mixed and matched to turn out different designs even if everyone is using the same materials. This is part of the fun of doing this as a group project.
Taking This Fashion Statement A Step Farther
You might also want to try finding some beads that can be recycled from a broken necklace or an old piece of beaded jewelry. A suggestion would be to get an unwanted piece from an older relative and make several bracelets with beads from the old piece so everyone could have a keepsake.
Grandma's beads could be re-fashioned so that all the grandchildren get to use some of the beads for their bracelet. Divide the beads up amongst the children and let them put their bracelet together for a memento that each one shares a part of. What better way to show your love for the USA and Grandma at the same time?
Charms could also be added to this type of bracelet. A large jump ring knotted in to your design would be the perfect way to add charms that might include a flag, USA letters or other sort of Americana Memorabilia. This option would necessitate the need for a pair of jewelers pliers to attach the charm.
Starting The Bracelet
Make the cords for each bracelet at least twice as long as you need them to be. For the red hemp bracelet shown in these photos the cord was cut to two feet, then doubled by folding in half. Do not cut it in half, just fold it to make two adjoined strands. This turns out a bracelet that is about 7.5 inches long and can be adjusted when tying on to the wrist or ankle.
The multi-colored hemp strand bracelet each red white and blue hemp cord was all cut the same length, about 14 inches, and then knotted together toward the end. It is important to have the extra length for tying knots. The excess cord can be trimmed off when the bracelets are finished.
The beads you decide to use should be reamed and slid on to the hemp in a pattern you like. The first bracelet was started with a simple 1-2-1 pattern and then the beads were held together tightly and knotted in to place. A space of about one inch was skipped and then another knot was tied then a blue bead and then another knot. This knot and blue bead and knot pattern was repeated until the desired length was achieved. This also repeats the 1-2-1 pattern used with the beginning beads.Try to tie the knots in a uniform pattern to add to the overall design quality of the bracelet.
Knots and Beads
Small children may need assistance in placing the knots and with tying. This is a good way to teach the smallest ones how to tie and about counting and patterns. This makes this an educational process and they do not even realize they are learning because they are so busy having fun.
Encourage everyone to make their own unique patterns so that each one is special when it is finished. I made two different bracelets for this hub to show how using the same materials can turn out very different bracelets. It is all about having fun and do not forget that it is also about expressing the love for our freedom and the good old USA with this handcrafted, fashion designed, jewelry.
Finishing The Red Hemp Bracelet
Step By Step Design Ideas
4TH of July Fashion
This craft project is fun and easy and something that can be done alone or in a group. It is a great project to show how much loyalty you have for our great country. These handcrafted hemp bracelets are inexpensive to make and a good way to share in creating one of a kind designs and ideas with friends and family. Have fun handcrafting your 4TH of July hemp bracelets and have a happy and safe holiday.