The ladies over at Honestly…WTF love shopping for craft supplies at the hardware store even more than me, so I get lots of inspiration from their blog. Last weekend I picked up some hex nuts to make their DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet. I already had kitchen twine, but you can find it at most grocery stores these days. I buy mine at a major chain. If your store doesn’t carry it, try a specialty food store or use another form of rope.
I tweaked their design just a little bit. To make the bracelet easier to wear, I used beginning and finishing techniques from Saved by Love Creations’ Braided Bead Bracelet tutorial. This gives the bracelet a closure of sorts by creating a loop that a hex nut can pass through. Another tip I suggest is adding some scotch tape to the ends of your twine. This will make it easier to thread through the hex nuts, and you can take it off when your bracelet is finished.
While I was at the hardware store, I found the coolest, hot pink cording. It’s actually called braided mason line. Since it was fairly inexpensive (around $3 for 250ft.), I bought it because I knew I could make some rad bracelets with it. A few days later I spotted a project on Honestly…WTF that uses it. See why I love this blog? Great minds thinking alike…
I decided to give the Hex Nut Bracelets a go with my hot pink cording in the place of the kitchen twine. The result is fabulous! I put a dot of Aleene’s Stop Fraying on the ends of the cording, but I’ve since learned that you can also melt it with a lighter. I suggest trying this with a scrap piece of cording first.
Not only are these bracelets super easy to make, they also make a great statement when you wear them. I can almost guarantee you’ll get questions about them!