When I was a kids we made our bracelets with string and a loop and you had to tie them on. But you couldn’t get them on and off easily. So when I came across an easy and pretty way to keep them on with this loop and button method I knew I had to combine that closure with these beautiful ones made with ribbon. And with December right around the corner, these bracelets make great gifts for friends, teachers, grandmothers and even Secret Santa.
- 10-12 large beads (preferably with large holes)
- Thin ribbon
- 1 Button
- Cut one arms length of ribbon. (from your left hand to your right shoulder)
- Cut a second length of ribbon double the length of the first.
- At the end of the shorter ribbon, tie a loop knot so that the loop is as big as your chosen button.
- Lay your shorter ribbon down on a flat surface and tie the middle of the longer ribbon around the shorter ribbon below the loop knot.
- Thread the end of the shorter ribbon (opposite end of the loop knot) with a needle to make it easier add the beads to the ribbon. Thread one bead onto the ribbon and push to the top (under the loop knot).
- Tie a knot around the bead by:
- Lay the left side of the long ribbon over the middle shorter ribbon.
- Then take the right side OVER the left side ribbon, UNDER the middle ribbon, and THROUGH the loop made by the left and middle ribbons. (I always look for the X made by the left and middle ribbons and go under and out)
- Pull the knot tight around the ribbon, making sure to tug the middle ribbon tight.
- Tie a second time by starting with the opposite side (the right this time) and lay it over the middle ribbon. Take the left side OVER the right side ribbon, UNDER the middle ribbon, and THROUGH the loop made by the right and middle ribbons. (Look for the X made by the first and middle ribbons and go under and out)
- Pull the knot tight around the ribbon, making sure to tug the middle ribbon down tight also.
- Thread another bead onto the middle ribbon and repeat step 6. Continue until your bracelet is long enough to fit around your wrist.
- Tie two more knots after the last bead.
- If you have a button with 4 holes, thread the right side ribbon through the top right hole of the button from the bottom to the top. Then through the bottom left hole from the top to the bottom. Next thread the left side ribbon throughout the top left hole from the bottom to the top. Then through the bottom right hole from the top to the bottom. In a criss cross pattern.
- If you have a button with 2 holes, thread the middle ribbon through the top hole of the button from the bottom to the top, then through the bottom hole from the top to the bottom.
- Flip the bracelet over so you are looking at the back of the button, then tie all three ribbons in a tight loop knot to finish off the bracelet
- Trim excess ribbon from the bracelet on an angle.
- Place the loop over the button to secure the bracelet on your wrist.
Write in the comments to tell us how yours turned out and leave your tips and tricks. Or post a pic to instagram and tag #ggcmagazine.