Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Word to your mother

I have been infatuated with making grown up friendship bracelets.  All week I have been making the old school ones with embroidery thread.  Will post on those soon.

I found myself back at the hardware store today buying more hexnuts for a project I did for a blog swap a while back with my sweet and beautiful cousin Shelley from Crazy Wonderful.  I love making these so much I thought I would repost it on my own blog.

I found the tutorial over at Honestly WTF.  It's a braided Hex Nut bracelet.  The best part: it cost around $2, and takes less than 10 minutes, plus all supplies can be found at a hardware store, or in your hubby's toolbox.

Supplies:  3 strands of twine (you could even use leather) cut into 1 yard pieces
                18 small brass hexnuts (but feel free to make it your own and use silver) 
Gather the 3 strands and tie a not at the top, then braid it about an inch or so.  I stuck a safety pin in my bed to hold it firm while braiding (do at your own risk).
Once you get a good inch or 2 braided, start incorporating the hex nuts.  

This photo is courtesy of Honestly WTF
  • Start with the strand on the left and holding the braid taught add a nut and push it to the base of braid.  You'll want to hold that nut firmly in place. 
  • Then crossover that strand.  
  • Before joining the right side, add another nut, hold firmly then crossover. 
 Follow this with the remaining hex nuts, then finish with another inch or 2 of braid, tie another knot and you are finished.  You can leave a long strand and tie it with a knot, or do what I did and find a nice clasp.  I hate wearing jewelry at home.  It's the first thing I take off when I enter the door...right before I put on my sweats.

This project was so fun and easy I made two.  One out of small hexnuts, one out of the medium.

pardon the paint on my hand...
I used a magnetic clasp I found at Joanns.

I enjoyed it so made much I did another one of their tutorials making "grown up" friendship bracelets.  I am totally addicted.  Here is the link to the other tutorial.

The top is an old bracelet I haven't worn in years.  The bottom is an old gold chain from back in the day when I was a true gangsta.  
 Close up of the necklace.
If you do this second project with a small chain, use about 1/2 as much embroidery thread and instead of using a bobby pin to pull the strands through, use a small piece of embroidery thread tied around the two strands you are working with.  It makes it much easier since a bobby pin won't fit through the small links.

Warning: just like friendship bracelets from the 80s, these are totally addicting and will have you remaking all your old jewelry.  

Check out the "I like to party" link and come and link your projects!

Todays Creative Blog


  1. So fantastic! Thanks for linking! I'll be featuring this on Friday on BCD!

  2. I am so in love with the chunky chain - gotsta make one!

  3. This is so cute! Love the helix nuts one so much!

  4. So much better than the big bead ones I used to do growing up! Come over and see some more jewelry.

  5. I love the bracelets and your tutorial is so easy to follow. I am a new follower. Check me out at

  6. The bracelets are great. I've been enjoying poking around your blog, so I'm your new follower. I'd love if you visited me.

  7. Holy poop! I love it. I'll be stopping by the 'ol Ace Hardware on my next venture out of the house--which, based on my laundry backlog, might not happen for a while. But is has officially been added to my to-make list.

  8. What a great idea! I will have to try that!

  9. This is so clever, and so very cute. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  10. How cool is that?! ! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now:
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  11. These came out gorgeous! I love bracelets and while I have seen the hex nut bracelet I haven't made one yet. You make it look easy - and I love the other bracelets,too.

  12. As a child of the 80s, I spent way too much time making friendship

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice last week. Hope to see you back this evening...

  13. These look like so much fun!! :)
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)

  14. This is a great idea! I found this on Blue Cricket! Congrats on being featured! I am now following your blog! I would love a follow back if you have a chance! But I know how busy blogging mommies are!
    Have a great day and come see me at

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