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DIY Neon Square Knot Bracelet

I was Christmas shopping–and I needed to spend somewhere near $1.50 more to get free shipping from J.Crew–so I threw one of these in my cart.  It cost me $4.00, which is about $3.96 more than it should cost.  But!  It’s neon, and it’s cute, and I got free shipping!

I loved the bracelet, especially when piled on with classier bangles.  I love the bright shot of color along with the crafty feel of a “camp” type bracelet.

Imagine how excited I was when I happened upon a giant spool of NEON TWINE on my husband’s workbench.  Apparently, he uses it to measure things that have strange dimensions.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it to make a replica J. Crew bracelet!

Isn’t that a funny thing for a husband to have on his workbench?  I agreed, so I snagged it and used this diagram and website as a refresher on how to make friendship bracelets.


Ah yes!  Now, I was refreshed and ready to build my own neon friendship bracelet.  From that point on it was simple.  If you are more of a visual learner, you could search for a video on YouTube.  Simply look for a “square knot” video.

In total, the bracelet took 20 minutes to make…from finding the twine, refreshing my memory, and actually knotting the piece.  It was simple, mindless, and fast–which is my definition of a perfect afternoon project!

This is with the cute, little, neon J.Crew bracelet.  Mine is a little bulkier, but I like the dimension that it adds.  Imagine how much fun tween girls would have making a load of these bracelets!  Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

Check here for ideas about the kind of twine you can use.  It is primarily called Mason’s Twine or Seine Twine.

Hayley was born and raised in the cornfields of Indiana, and though they lived a magical 4 year stint in Charlotte, NC, Hayley has found herself again in the Hoosier State. She and her husband have three boys who are learning to how to be good men (in the midst of all the wrestling and dirt). She tries to balance living a life of beauty with living a life of adventure. Follow her adventures at Tiny Twig Goes Out on a Limb and on Twitter.
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About Hayley

Born and raised in the cornfields of Indiana, Hayley (aka: The Tiny Twig) has very recently moved back to the Hoosier State. She and her husband have two preschool aged little boys, 23 months apart. They are mistaken for twins all the time, which she think adds to the charm of having two crazy boys! She tries to balance living a life of beauty with living a life of adventure, and is slowly realizing the two coincide more often than she thinks. Wanting to bring the profound, the excellent, and the glorious into even the mundane things we do everyday in life, Hayley can be found blogging at The Tiny Twig.

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  • Sunny

    I’ve tried watching youtube videos on this, pausing it every second and remained in total confusion/frustration, with the most knotted up mess in front of me. Your is the 1st site I’ve gotten to that actually HELPS ME. Your tutorial is EXCELLENT and I thank you so much!!!!! After sooo much struggle I can finally do it (for now).Thanks!!!

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  • confused

    uhm how can I make it tight, mine is quite loose, and why the hell is that knot so hard to make ?

  • Sue

    I am looking for a pattern for a square knot bracelet with a slip knot closure. I can make a square knot, but getting the slip knot has been hard. I have found some bracelet with this slip knot which will fit any size wrist. Please send me some instructions or photos on how to do this.

  • mystery

    that is SO cool

  • Emily

    Oh my goodness, this brings back childhood memories! During the summer, my sister and I used to walk the half a block to our neighborhood park, where the activities put on by the city included arts & crafts. For about a dollar, you could purchase enough “gimp” (what they called plastic-y twine) to make a bracelet like these. Love it! Thanks for inspiring the reminiscence!

  • Stephanie

    love this! so fun.

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy

    My nephews wanted chokers for Christmas so my daughter made them with this pattern, natural hemp twine and black beads. They turned out awesome!

  • Hayley

    I just used one strand–I didn’t want mine to be quite so fat. I remembered using two as well, but then I decided to try 3. :)

  • EBPitcher

    Embroidery floss works great for this too! If you want it a little bulkier, just use two strands.

  • Cheryl

    It appears in your pics you only have 3 strings but the diagram shows 4. Which did you use? Seems like I remember using 4 when I made them a million years ago. Thanks for the refresher.

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