How to Make Plastic String Bracelets

plastic string bracelets

The wearing of jewelry for adornment and ritual may have started as far back as 7,000 years ago, and archeologists have found evidence that people wore bracelets in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and China. Early bracelets were made of grasses, slender tree limbs and shells, then copper and bronze. After the Bronze Age (2000 to 1400 B.C.), artisans made bracelets of gold and silver. They became more decorative, adorned with shells and stones, as jewelry became a symbol of wealth and status.

Several lasting innovations in bracelet design occurred in the last decade. Silver became the most common material for link bracelets, cuffs and bangles. This trend started in the 20th century when manufacturers mass-produced silver jewelry, which was less expensive than gold but still had the sparkle of a precious metal that buyers loved. The preference for silver over yellow extended to industrial metals, such as silvery grey steel, titanium and tungsten. Industrial metals are now the dominant material in men’s bracelets. As the green-living movement grows, more people are demanding natural materials in their wardrobe; to learn more, read our guide on the best bracelets inspired by nature. Finally, today’s young people often wear simple bracelets to support social causes and showcase group identity; their banner can be a colorful rubber band, dangling charm or even a piece of string.

Make this quick and easy bracelet using just two pieces of plastic lace, some tape to help hold it in place (optional), and your hands, of course. Although some may consider bracelets for girls, I gave these to boys too and they wore them.

Step 1: Prepare Your Lace

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To start, you’ll need to choose two colours of plastic lace to start with, and which one you want more of. You can purchase plastic lace at many places such as Walmart, the Dollar Store (Dollarama is where this pack is from), craft stores, etc. I chose red and white to match this shirt I’m wearing, and I will have more white, so white will be longer. So your shorter piece (red, in my case) should wrap loosely around your wrist two times with some space to spare for tying. ( Mine is 45cm / 18 inches) My white piece of string is about 100cm long.

Step 2: Set-up

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Start by tying a tight knot with one end of your long string around your shorter string that is folded in half equally.

For extra security, take an end of the long string, put it through the loop at the top, then tie it up again.

Step 3: Begin the Zipper

Begin the Zipper

Now would be when you’d tie your bracelet to the table/working surface by the loop if you choose to. It will make your experience much easier if you are making this for your first time or are struggling to hold it while weaving.

Weave the long piece over than under the two (red) short pieces.

Turn around, and repeat. (Over then under, turn, over, under, turn) Repeat this process until you have worked your way down the short pieces and have a couple cm left of your short pieces.

Step 4: Finishing

Tie the loose ends with the remainder of the long string. Insert the white string (Longer one) through the loop previously made, then tie it to the ends of the red strings, or itself to be abe to stretch a little.

Lastly, cut the remainder of the strings off, but leave some on the tighten later on when/if needed.

Step 5: Now You’re Done!

Now You’re Done!

Ta-da! Mix and match colours, give them to friends and family, and enjoy!

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