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DIY Hemp Bracelets for Summer

Now that summer is in full swing, homemade bracelet season is finally here! When we were younger (and even into adulthood, if we’re being fully honest), making knotted hemp bracelets was a summertime tradition of ours. We’d knot all kinds of patterns, braids, and textures featuring all different types and colours of beads into hemp string and bright embroidery floss and tie them on at the beginning of the summer, ending our school holidays with plenty of them on each wrist and ankle, complete with tan lines underneath each one. We’d wear them until they became so worn that they fell off or until we chose to cut them off in preparation to put on new ones the next year. Now that we’re grown and working professional jobs, we might not make them quite as often for ourselves, but we still love the idea of homemade hemp bracelets and we’ve continued the tradition with our kids, helping them collect the supplies and choose fun beads at the beginning of their summer holidays so they can weave their own creations all summer.

Just in case you love the idea of making different unique summer hemp bracelets with your kids but you’re either new to the concept or perhaps just a little bit out of practice, here are 15 amazing tutorials, design ideas, and pattern outlines to get you into the swing of things!

1. Twisting macrame bracelet

Twisting macrame

Are you the kind of nostalgic crafting parent who loves teaching your kids the very same designs and techniques that you learned when you were younger and then watching them put their own personal spin on things? Then here’s one of the most classic hemp bracelet knitting designs around, outlined in simple steps so everyone can give it a try! Beadage reminds you how a twisted ladder macrame knot is done, as well as how to add beads into the mix.

2. Thicker flat hemp knots

Thicker flat hemp knots

when we were younger, we often found that the knotted bracelets we created turned out much thinner than we were hoping they would, particularly when we used bright embroidery floss rather than thicker materials to make our knots. That’s why we were so happy to come across this awesome idea for making a bracelet that has a lot more weight and thickness to it regardless of what kind of string you choose to use. Panda Hall shows you how to wrap your colours (or hemp strings) around two thick pieces of string or jewelry cord as a base so that the thickness is already establish before you even start making your knotted pattern.

3. Flat and beaded bracelet with a button closure

Flat and beaded bracelet with a button closure

Have you always loved the look of knotted summer hemp and embroidery floss bracelets, particularly when there are fun beads involved, but you work a job that won’t allow you to wear them all the time while you’re on shift so you’ve never been able to knot them on tightly the way we talked about above? Well, Rings & Things can totally understand the need for a less permanent design, which is why they outline methods of putting a button and loop on the ends of your bracelet to create a simple clasp that will let you put it on and take it off quite easily.

4. Delicate braided hemp bracelet with double bead rows

Delicate braided hemp bracelet with double bead rows

Many of the classic hemp bracelet designs we’ve come across over the years are actually quite thick or chunky in their shape, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options out there for you if what you really prefer is something a little smaller and more delicate looking! This beautiful braided and beaded design from Crafts Unleashed, for example, is the perfect example of what we mean. They show you how to do a multi-stranded braid with a small see bead along each side. We adore their dual coloured beading combination, but getting creative with your schemes will be a lot of fun!