DIY Tutorial: Tribal Bracelets

April 26, 2012

A tutorial that was photographed very nicely for one of my school assignments and I’ve finally found time to share this here on Operation Overhaul! Hope you like this one, it’s really easy to make!

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Elastic Cord (from any hardware store)
  • 4 Different Coloured String
  • 2 End Clasps
  • 3 Jumprings
  • Lobster Clasp
  • Scissors
  • Long Nose Pliers

1. Cut the elastic cord to about 4”. This should be slightly shorter than a usual bracelet. (TIP! To prevent the ends from fraying, quickly pass the ends through a flame or simply apply nail varnish.)

2. Using the first colour, tie a clove hitch knot (simply make an “x” then put the end through!) to secure down.

3. Keep wrapping the string around the cord, securing the loose end down in the process.

4. To change colour, tie a half hitch knot and snip off the excess. Repeat Step 2 over the loose end with a new colour.

5. When done, cover the end with a end clasp. Secure down with superglue if needed. Repeat to the other end.

6. Then, using a jumpring, secure a lobster clasp to the end clasp. This will allow you to wear your bracelet with ease.

7. You’re done!

A couple more photos of the completed bracelets worn, such easy ways to add colour into your outfit! You might even want to leave some parts of the elastic cord exposed if its of a nice design/colour! (Refer to the first photo). Have fun! x


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  • Reply Zuhairah September 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    hey there! just wanna let you guys know that i’m attempting to make this bracelet! I’ve got all my materials except for the end clasp! where can i find them? would really appreciate your help! :)

    • mm
      Reply Ros C. September 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Zuhairah! You can get the end clasp from Brighton in Chinatown or ebay! :)

  • Reply Jean March 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Hi there(: i want to attempt at making this bracelet, it looks super pretty!(: i would just like to know if the string that you are using is embroidery thread ? (: thanks!

    • mm
      Reply Ros C. March 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Hi Jean, yes, the threads we used are embroidery threads! Thanks :)

  • Reply Lindsey October 30, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Nice tutorial but what size mm inside should the cord end be? Thank you

    • mm
      Reply Juu Y. November 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Lindsey! We’re using end caps of about 9mm but it really depends on your cord! Hope this helps! :)

  • Reply Lim Qianyi September 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hi I love this project but may I ask you which hardware store did you purchase your elastic cord from?

    • mm
      Reply Juu Y. September 26, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Hi Qianyi! The cord is actually quite readily available at any hardware store or household item store in HDB neighbourhoods! I personally got mine from Toa Payoh Central for about $1.50. Hope you will be able to find it!

  • Reply zen September 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Lol i did a tribal bracelet tutorial for my site too but it looks totally different :) love your take!

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