How to Tie Stretchy Bracelets

Updated February 21, 2017

Stretchy bracelets—flexible un-beaded or beaded bracelets made with stretchable cord—come in a wide variety of designs and sizes. Many people prefer to wear stretchy bracelets as a stretch-style bracelets can effortlessly slide over the hand for quick fashion accessorising—unlike clasp-style bracelets that may take several attempts to secure in place. Many people also prefer stretchy bracelets as gifts as stretch cord easily stretches to accommodate different wrist sizes. Whether you've made a stretchy bracelet for yourself or as a gift, tying and securing the bracelet only requires that you have basic tying and knotting skills.

Pick up each end of the stretch cord in your hands.

Tie the stretch cord ends to make a "half-knot." Pretend that your tying you're shoes. Pass one cord under the other and then through the loop. Pull the cords in opposite directions until the loop is the bracelet size that you want.

Create another half-knot to make a knot. Repeat the half-knot process, but don't pull the cords immediately to complete the knot. Instead, hold the bracelet ends between your thumbs and index fingers, hook the last two fingers on both hands around the bracelet loop from front to back to stabilise the loop size and then pull the cord ends in opposite direction to tie make the knot.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to make at least one additional knot.

Apply a small dot of adhesive to the knots and set the bracelet aside to dry.

Trim off any excess cord with your scissors leaving at least 1/8 inch of cord hanging from the knots.

Pick up the cord ends in your hands. If you have an alligator clip holding the beads on the string, lay the string flat on your work surface with the bead strand positioned at the centre of the cord and approximately two to three inches of un-beaded cord on each end. Remove the alligator clip and then pick up the cord ends.

Tie a "half-knot." Pass one cord under the other and through the loop, as if you're tying you're shoelaces. Pull the cords tightly in opposite directions until the two ends of the bead strand come together.

Finish the knot. Make another half-knot and then pull the cord ends until the twisted portion of cord reaches the beads. Continue pulling tightly on the cords until the ends stretch two inches or more away from the bracelet and you have a small, secure knot.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to make another knot.

Cut off all but 1/8 inch of your cord ends with scissors.

Apply a drop of adhesive to the knot and then set the bracelet aside to dry.


Always tie the bracelet knots extremely tight as the stretch cord material doesn't make secure knots—knots loosen and will even untie if not secured in place with adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
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Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.