Yesterday I made a run to the local dollar store in order to find all the last minute things I would need for creating an allowance system/chore chart for Gracie. I’m putting the finishing touches on it today and getting it set up for her to use starting next week. I will share all of my printables with photos in a few weeks. I want to see what we find useful and what we don’t.
In the meantime, I spent most of yesterday learning a bit of macrame! I had no idea how satisfying creating knots could be!!!
Seriously, I love the stuff I created! Check these out….
I loved the bracelet so much I made an anklet….
If you want to make one, you probably have what you need on hand. It does take some time to complete, but if you get started now, you could have one before the end of the day!
I used Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Aqua and Burgundy. You could also use cotton twine, hemp, leather cording, or baker’s twine. Just make sure it is a tough thread for durability.
You will need a clipboard or something to hold it tight for you and a pencil or similar to wrap the loops of thread around at the beginning.
Do you know how to create a half square knot? Well, I didn’t either, so I had to find a tutorial. This video from Wool and the Gang was the most helpful. I don’t have a background in macrame or creating knots for any other reason, so it took me a bit to get the hang of it.
I watched this video just to see how to finish the bracelet. There are some great ideas online for ways to close these bracelets, so I guess it is up to your personal taste. I wanted to wear mine long term, so I created a large knot on the finished end so it would fit through the loops on the beginning end of the bracelet. For the anklet, I just tied the two ends together and snipped the ends leaving enough to fray with wear.
I have a sizing chart for both men and women’s jewelry measurements on my Pinterest board in case you are making one for someone else. If it’s for you, measure it for a perfect fit.
I’m going to make a few more of these and learn some different knot patterns to create some other pieces. I’ve been interested in using charms for the bracelets and small bells for an anklet. If I get brave enough, I might even try to make a plant hanger or a boho wall hanging.
If you have an interest in working with macrame, this is a great place to start. The investment is minimal and the reward is new jewelry!!