DIY Braided Fabric Necklace & Bracelet

We teamed up with Brit + Co. to create this chic braided jewelry set. Now it's your turn to DIY.

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What you need


What you need

  • 1 1/2 yards of cotton cord in various colors
  • 10 cord ends
  • 4 large jump rings
  • 2 small jump rings
  • 2 lobster clasps
  • gold transfer foil (Buy the kit here!)
  • foil transfer adhesive
  • chain
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • paint brush
  • parchment paper
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • hot glue gun
  • ruler
  • sewing pins

Let's Get Started

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Step 1

Drape a piece of cotton cord around your neck to decide the length of your necklace. Our cord measured 27.5 inches. The next cord will be one inch shorter than the previous cord, and so on. Cut all six cords.

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Step 2

Lay all cords in a U shape, and pin them together in four different spots around the necklace.

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Step 3

Once pinned, use the sewing machine to attach the cords together. Sew four rows of overlapping stitches so they really stay in place.

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Step 4

Apply the foil adhesive with a paint brush.

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Step 5

Lay the gold foil down and then iron your necklace with a layer of parchment paper.

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Step 6

Let the foil cool, then peel back to reveal the gold.

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Step 7

Trim the ends of the cords, and pair them in cord ends using hot glue to attach.

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Step 8

Grab a large jump ring to hold all three cord ends together.

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Step 9

We will be wearing this necklace everyday, thank you very much!

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Step 10

Tape down four pieces of cotton cord that measure at least 20 inches.

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Step 11

Use the first and second cord to create the number four. The first cord will serve as the angular part of the four, and the second cord will be the vertical line. Make sure the angular part lies on top of the vertical line.

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Step 12

Wrap the tail of the four (the first cord) back under the vertical line (the second cord), and pull it through the middle of the four to form a knot at the top of bundle. Repeat this knotting process with the other two cords, using them as the vertical line and continuing to use the first cord as the angular part of the four.

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Step 13

Create this knot on all three strands, and then the first strand will become the last. Grab the new first strand and create another row of knots in a different color.

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Step 14

Keep creating knots until it is long enough to fit your wrist. Fair warning: The bracelet will start twisting, but this will stop once we introduce the iron. Add adhesive glue to the length of your bracelet.

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Step 15

Lay the gold foil down and then iron your bracelet with a layer of parchment paper.

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Step 16

Trim the tips of the cord and attach the cord ends with hot glue. Using the pliers, attach jump rings and a lobster clasp to complete the bracelet.

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Step 17

We can’t get enough of this updated sailor cuff!

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