The addictive nature of creating new jewelry has come over me, and you’ll totally understand and get the addiction too – let me show you how. Once you start, you just won’t be able to stop. We’re talking about hex nuts! This versatile and inexpensive DIY component has provided us with hours of fun and creativity. So with a few items that we found lying around the house, we completed our first braided hex nut wrap bracelet.
It’s become a very satisfying experience which is why I now have more bracelets for every occasion lying around, in fact, it’s become more than I can count. So one night, I needed to take a break – sit down with a glass of wine and a night of Netflix, I suddenly had the urge to get creative. But what to create…? Bracelets! And so after an entire season of Grey’s Anatomy later, I had a hex nut bracelet. And as expected, I just can’t stop . . .
- 3 strands of cotton butcher’s twine cut into 1-yard pieces
- 18 brass hex nuts (small)
- A bit of dexerity
Gather the 3 twine strands and tie them in a knot at the top. Leave about 2 inches of slack. Begin braiding. At about an inch down, start braiding in the nuts. Before you braid the far left strand over the middle strand, thread on a nut, push it against the braid’s base, and crossover. Depending on the twine’s thickness, you can wrap tape around the bottom tips to prevent fraying.
Make sure to have your thumb at the base of the braid to hold the nut in place. Before you braid the right strand over the middle, thread on another nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Again, hold your thumb against the base of the braid to keep the nuts in place. Thread another nut onto the left piece and crossover.
Continue to repeat the steps by threading in the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before crossing over. Thread, cross, thread, cross. Finish the bracelet by adding an inch of braided twine and a knot.
Test the bracelet’s length on your wrist. It should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times. You can trim it to your liking.
Try creating more with different colors. You can completely customize designs, braiding, colors, objects – the world is your oyster! Good luck!