For this week’s DIY, I decided to go with a nautical-themed project because this semester is dragging on and on and I would like to think it’s summer and I’m on a beach. My friend Carolyn suggested the nautical knot bracelet and then I just made it a theme making a head band with the same rope! Speaking of head bands, Carolyn is shaving her head!!! Yeah, my friends are really cool! She’s shaving her head on May 4 to stand in solidarity with kids fighting against cancer and raising money for cancer research in the mean time. Click here to donate!
Moving on, I took inspiration for the bracelet from this post on the blog Henry Happened. All I had to buy was rope and little toy wheels that look like beads from Hobby Lobby. It was really inexpensive!
To figure out how much rope you need, wrap the rope around your wrist three times and then add a little onto that. Add more than you think you might need because mine turned out a little tight!
Step 1: Fold the rope in half, then half again. Step 2: Wrap the looped end over the loose ends once so that it’s back where it started. Step 3: Grab the loose ends and pull them through the big loop at the top. Step 4: Pull tight and rearrange knot as needed to place it where you want it on your bracelet.
Step 5: Thread your loose ends through your wooden bead. In my case, the rope was too thick to thread both pieces through the same bead so I just used two beads instead and it worked just fine.
Now for the head band, I did the exact same knot. I used a video tutorial I found here that said you should have seven yards of rope. I just wrapped it around my head, doubled it and added some on because I didn’t have anything I could measure with. Just follow the same steps in 1-4 above. The only additional items you’ll need are two elastic hair bands and a hot glue gun.
When you get to Step 4 again, you’ll want to spread the knot out a little more and make it lay as flat as possible. Move it more to one side of the rope instead of the middle so that when it lays on your head, it won’t just sit on top of your head but instead to the side.
To make your knot stay in place when you’ve decided what you want it to look like, use a hot glue gun to glue down the four spots where your knot intersects itself. Next, put the two hair ties together and then pull it through itself with the rope in between to look like this:
To connect the whole thing, hot glue gun the rope to itself after looping it through the hair bands and your end result should like the image below. Make sure all your ropes are the same length and that everything is straightened out!
When you’re done, you’ll have a matching bracelet and head band set ready to go for summer vacation! Or at least for pretending in New Mexico until then. 🙂