Instructions on Making Macrame Bracelets

Updated April 17, 2017

The craft of tying knots using coloured cord into fashionable designs is called macramé. Lace a macramé bracelet to give to your best friend as a symbol of friendship, or make several of these bracelets to give to family members during a holiday. Colour-coordinate your cords to make several macramé bracelets you can wear in a matching set. Pass on your knowledge of macramé to a younger child you know and share the love of making macramé with the next generation.

Cut enough cording of each of the two colours so that you have at least eight times more than you need for the length of the bracelet. Cut one piece of cord approximately 6 inches long. Place the short cord at the top of the board in a horizontal line and insert a pin in each end of the cord to hold it in place.

Make a lark's head knot with each of the two different colours of cord by starting with each piece of cord folded in half, so that you have two lark's head knots, one in each cord. Insert the loop of the folded section of cord underneath the pinned cord and thread the ends of the cord through so that the long piece cord is left attached to the pinned cord. Repeat with the second cord next to the first one so that they are next to one another.

Make a square knot using the two attached colours of cord. Start by pulling the four pieces of cord taut. Take the right-most cord and bring it over the two centre pieces and under the cord on the left; leave it perpendicular to the cords on the left side.

Take the leftmost cord -- not the one you just brought through the cords but the one originally on the left side. Bring it under the cord you first wove through, and behind the two centre cords. Stick it through the last two cords so that it is lying over the cord on the right side, perpendicular to the cords.

Continue weaving the side cords through the centre cords in this manner. Leave the two cords in the centre so that they fall straight down throughout the entire process.

Knot the ends of the cords together. Add a small amount of hot glue to the knots to hold them in place. Cut the remaining cord off when you reach the desired length of your bracelet, leaving enough cord to use to tie the bracelet onto the wearer's wrist.


Add beads to the cord between each knot you weave, or add just a few beads throughout the bracelet.


Make your knots the same tightness consistently or your bracelet will have loose edges and gaps in the knots.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-by-12-inch square of cardboard or styrofoam
  • Several straight pins
  • 2 different colours of cord, yarn or thin rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Beads, optional
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Miranda Brumbaugh enjoys covering travel, social issues, foster care, environmental topics, crafting and interior decorating. She has written for various websites, including National Geographic Green Living and Dremel. Brumbaugh studied in Mexico before graduating with a Master of Science in sociology from Valdosta State University.