How to Make Hemp Bracelets – a Tutorial

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How to Make Hemp Bracelets Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s how to make hemp bracelets with a sparkle of beads and the simplest of crochet stitches – the chain stitch.

These are so fast and easy to make – and it’s a really fun way to play with color combinations!

This is also a very cheap project, costing me less than $1 each to make.

I made my bracelets with a button-and-loop clasp – but you can also use a large bead, a hook, or other jewelry clasp instead of a button. You might also decide to simply tie the ends of your bracelet together after you’ve wound it around and around your wrist.

Teens and pre-teens love to learn how to make hemp bracelets and other jewelry crafts like this.

This project is perfect for a young person to make several of, as gifts for friends and family.


(In this tutorial, I’m making the pinkish-lavender bracelet shown above, at the far right.)


Here’s what you’ll need:

    • An approximately 15-foot (4.6 meter) strand of hemp cord (20-lb size) for a bracelet that wraps around your wrist 5 times. Or a longer piece of hemp if you want to make a bracelet with more wraps.
    • Beads with holes large enough for your hemp cord to pass through. In this tutorial I used a size 6/0 bead mix from Bead Treasures, in a color combo called “Birds of a Feather”. (Purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby.) I used about 80 beads for this 5-wrap bracelet.
    • Whatever you’d like to use for a clasp – I used a 2-hole button, about 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) in diameter.
    • Ordinary white glue, to keep your cord end from fraying while you’re stringing your beads.
    • Crochet hook – I used size “D” (UK size 10; metric size 3.25 mm) for this size of hemp cord.
    • Ruler.
  • Scissors.

How to Make Hemp Bracelets

First we’re going to make the tip of our cord stiff enough to string beads onto it easily without fraying.

So squeeze a dab of ordinary white glue onto the tip of your finger:


. . . and then use your fingers to coat the first few inches (cms) of your hemp cord with the glue:


The glue will air-dry pretty quickly, but you can use a hair dryer to get it dry in less than a minute.

You’re going to string all of the beads you’ll be using before you start crocheting.

It’s better to string more beads than you think you’ll need; you can easily remove any excess strung beads off the back end of your cord when you’ve finished crocheting.

So as soon as the glue on your cord is dry, you can start stringing beads onto the cord:


Here’s approximately what you’ll have when you’re done stringing your beads:


Now thread your hemp cord up through one hole of your button, and down through its other hole:


. . . then turn the button over and tie a couple of knots in your hemp cord, on the underside of the button:


Now we’re going to start crocheting.

I find it’s best for this project if you crochet kind of loosely, so your finished bracelet will be soft and flexible.

If you tend to crochet tightly, you may want to use a larger crochet hook.

Take the long end of your hemp cord, and curve it into a little loop right next to the knots you just tied at the underside of your button:


. . . and then insert your crochet hook through this loop, and use the hook to pull the long end of your cord through your loop:


Tighten the loop, sliding it down against the knots you tied at the back of your button.

You’ve just made the first chain stitch of this bracelet.

Your crochet hook should still be inserted in the second loop you just formed when you pulled the long end of your cord through your first loop.

If necessary, pull gently on the long end of your hemp cord to adjust this second loop so that it’s just slightly loose around your crochet hook.

Now use your hook to pull the long end of your cord through this second loop, to make a second chain stitch.

Make a total of 3 chain stitches:


. . . and then slide your first bead up your hemp cord next to the chain stitch you just finished, and just include this bead in your next chain stitch:


Easy-peasy, right?

Now continue chain-stitching – adding a bead into every second stitch (1 stitch without a bead, 1 stitch with a bead) until your chain reaches your desired length.

For my design in this How to Make Hemp Bracelets tutorial, the chain is about 34 inches (86.3 cm):


Now you’re going to make a few more chain stitches without beads, to make the loop that your button will go through to fasten your bracelet.

I made about 8 chain stitches after my last bead:


. . . and then curved those beadless chain stitches into a loop, to test whether my button would fit through this loop:


When your beadless chain end is the right length for the loop, leave your crochet hook in the last chain loop, and also insert the hook through the last bead stitch of your bracelet:


. . . then use your hook to pull the long end of your hemp cord through both loops you now have on your crochet hook.

Make one final chain stitch after that, and then pull up a big loop. Use your scissors to cut off your hemp cord in the middle of this loop:


Now be sure to pull tightly on this newly-cut end hemp cord at the end of your bracelet, to make a nice tight knot.

To hide this hemp cord “tail”, use your crochet hook to weave this cut end back through some of your bead crochet stitches.

Then do the same thing to weave the hemp cord tail at the button end of your bracelet into your bead crochet chain.

You’re finished! And that’s how to make hemp bracelets with beads and a super-easy crochet stitch.


Wearing Your Wrapped Hemp Bracelet

Simply wind your crocheted, beaded hemp strand around your wrist as many times as possible.

Then pass the button end under half of the strands, and the loop end under the other half of the strands, so you can fasten your button clasp in the middle of your wrapped bracelet strands.

Then adjust the button so it sits nicely on top of the strands.

You can wear the button on the top of your wrist as decorative focal point, or on the inside of your wrist as a clasp.

Now slide a finger from your other hand under all of the strands, to pull the strands to an even tension around your wrist. If I don’t do this, I tend to have some tight strands and some loose ones in my wrap.

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  • Fabulous idea! So fun and easily personalized, plus it’s a stitch I can even do! Thanks for sharing at A new Creation party!

  • Jill says:

    I LOVE this idea! So simple to add the beads as you chain!! Great looking bracelets!

  • I love these bracelets! So pretty with the beads and crochet. I’ll be pinning.

  • Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  • I love these! And I love to crochet so my granddaughter and I need to get together and try to make some. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial on Transformed Tuesday.


  • Danielle says:

    These are sooo pretty! I’m pinning them to my crocheting board!

  • Bethany says:

    That’s so cute! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

  • Kim says:

    These are soooo cute! I saw them over at Talkin’ About Thursday. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julia says:

    Cute bracelets and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda says:

    Thanks, Rita, love it. PINNED!!

  • Hi there! I have ventured over from No Rules hop. Thrilled to be connecting with someone new!

    XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

  • Abby says:

    These are so fun! I love customizable they are. And your step-by-step tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing!

  • krystie says:

    Wonderful tutorial! These are so versatile, awesome!

  • Little Bit says:

    Wow! this is so pretty… and it looks like it’s gonna be fun to make! I’m pinning this. Little Bit

  • Lamb says:

    LOVE this! These bracelets would make great gifts πŸ™‚

  • heidi says:

    I really do have to learn how to crochet so I can make some of the really cool stuff I see like this bracelet.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  • Pamela says:

    Your tutorials are always so precise and easy to follow. Wouldn’t these make an awesome gift to encourage a teenager or friend?

  • Leslie says:

    Wow. I never knew these would be so easy to make! Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Nancy D says:

    I love these bracelets! They would make such cute summer bracelets for my family and friends. I think they would also be a darling beachy anklet! And I have so much hemp cord that I didn’t know what to do with, found a sale quite a while ago πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie says:

    I love this idea! My daughter loves to make bracelets. This is a great inexpensive idea.

  • condo blues says:

    That looks so easy even I can do it.

  • Very pretty!

  • Kendall says:

    These bracelets are so cute! I can’t wait to try making one! Would you mind making a tutorial on how to make bracelets using 2-hole beads? I can’t find a good tutorial and when i have tried myself, it didn’t work too well! Thanks!

  • Kate says:

    I love this! it looks very fun and easy cant wait to try it:)

  • SiverStar says:

    What if we don’t know how to crochet, but the person we want to give the braclet to does?

  • Hi SilverStar,

    Actually you don’t need to know how to crochet to make this bracelet. This project involves just the most basic crochet stitch, the chain stitch, which I demonstrate in this tutorial.

    Or, if you can’t quite figure out the stitch from my photos above, I’m sure you can find a YouTube video showing how to do the chain stitch.

    Alternatively, you could give the person a gift of the supplies to make this bracelet, along with the link to this tutorial here, so they can make it themselves.

    I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  • Ria says:

    Thank you so very much for this great idear, and it will be fun to do with grantparants I’m shore they love it to make something for or with there grantchildren. Greatings from the Netherlands, Ria

  • Lisa camilliere says:

    Thanks for sharing, it looks super easy. I’ve been looking for a class on how to make these. Looking forward to getting started on it.

  • Ellen O'Neil says:

    Thanks so much! Great tutorial!

  • Tina says:

    Bought 10lb hemp cord…will exchange…can’t wait to make these!!

  • Catherine says:

    One of my other favorite hobbies…crocheting. this is a great idea! Thank you Rena!

  • Catherine, You’re very welcome! I love finding ways to combine different types of hobbies into jewelry! πŸ™‚

  • Moogie says:

    Oh my gosh!! I just crocheted for the first time in my (59 y/o) life! I used a multicolor hemp cord, orange, yellow & blue, with 3 types of 6/0 sapphire seed beads & a brass button. I did have to look at a few “beginner crochet” videos on YouTube. That, along with your instructions, helped me learn–at least the chain stitch! Thanks Rena. You are the best!

  • Yay, Moogie! That’s wonderful to hear! I bet those colors you chose for your bracelet look fantastic. Thanks so much for letting me know! πŸ™‚

  • Irene Vrbensky says:

    Wow. Thank you. I love this and perfect for summer.

  • Irene, thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Kathy Zee says:

    Rena, I have seen crocheted bracelets but never knew how to make them, now I do. Thank you! These are adorable and now i know what to do with that hemp cording that is in my drawer. I love this…

  • Thank you so much, Kathy! I have to say that they’re addictive once you start making them! πŸ™‚

  • Sandi says:

    Excellent Tutorial! Very nice job of Explaining.

  • Sandi, thank you for your lovely comment! You made my day. πŸ™‚

  • MONECA RYANE says:

    So Sad …. really wanted this to work. I bought the 20# Hemp cord, got out my Czech 6 – E beads and glue. AND the beads will not fit on the cord. No bracelets getting made here.


  • Moneca, I’m so sorry to hear that! Maybe if you bring small samples of your beads and hemp when you go to the craft store, you can find sizes to go with your current supplies.

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