DIY | Fishtail Braided Anchor Bracelet

10.02.2012
I have been obsessed with stripes lately, mainly blues or reds against white. Such a classic combination! When I found this anchor at my local jewelry supply store, I knew that I wanted to create a DIY inspired by it and by my love for classic stripes. I mixed a nautical inspired fishtail braid with the anchor for this bracelet DIY. Hope you enjoy! Full tutorial after the break...

Materials:
- hemp cord in 2 colors (here)
- metal anchor (here)
- small jump rings
- 2 metal cord tips (here)
- 1 lobster claw (here)
- pliers
- scissors
- masking tape

Steps:
1. Cut 2 lengths of the white cording (18" each) and 2 of the blue cording (18" each). Lay each strip next to each other, fold in half, and loop through the anchor.
2. Take the ends of the strips and pass them through the loop.
3. Pull tightly.
4. Tape the anchor to the table. Separate the cords by color (2 cords each), as shown in photo.
5. Place the 2 white cords on the right with the 2 white cords/2 blue cords on the left.
6. Place the other 2 white cords from the left side to the right side.
7. Repeat with the blue cords. Take the 2 blue cords on the right side and bring to the left side.
8. Take the 2 blue cords on the left side and bring to the right side.
9. Continue the fishtail braid until it is about 1/2 as long as your wrist circumference.
10. Clamp the metal cord at the end of the braid, using your pliers.
11. Repeat steps 1-3, for the other end of the anchor.
12. Repeat steps 4-10 for the other braided end. Add 1 jump ring to one of the cord tips. Then, add a jump ring and lobster claw to the other cord tip.

46 comments:

Jen said...

Another awesome bracelet DIY Aimee! Yay!

Michelleesque said...

Oh I absolutely love how they turned out! Thanks for the DIY!

Michelle
www.michelleesque.com

honey my heart said...

these bracelets are so nautically awesome :)

Tammy Chang said...

just wanted to say hello
and thank you for sharing this!

V. said...

Easy and cute! :)

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Em said...

I love how cool this looks but its so super simple! Loving the nautical look

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Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

These are fantastic! And you know I love stripes! :)

AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog said...

Love the little charm you used.
xx Tanya

Anonymous said...

Omg I love that arrow looking bracelet u have in the picture! Do u remember where u got it?? I absolutely LOVE it!!

HERDIANA SURACHMAN said...

always adore all your DIY, and this bracelets will fit with YSL cruise 2012 collections hehe.

Been a long time not to come by.. happy to read you blog again :)

Herdiana Surachman
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Lici said...

I love the nautic style and your DIY is great! Love that charm, too... ;)
lg lici

Yolanda said...

LOVE IT

Sandra Lucia said...

Can't wait to try to make this bracelet thanks for the tutorial!

Sandra Lucia
sandraluciafashionillu.blogspot.com/

Mariana said...

Love these!!

Crystal Dots said...

Ack! You have amazing DIY skills. ❤

Crystal crystal dots.

Wedding dresses said...

Really impressed! Everything is very, very clear, open is a description of the problem. It contains the information.

Heidi said...

Great DIY! I'm not naturally gifted in the craft department but you've inspired me!

Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

Simple and beautiful! They are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

These are really cool. I think I'm going to make one for my best friend. Actually would this be too girly on a guy?

Emily711 said...

Such a cool jewelry DIY...I may just have to do this myself!

Emily
emilyp711.wordpress.com

=/= YAVRUTO =/= said...

I like it

Amy said...

i love this so much! i followed your tutorial and made my own!

:)

http://constellationinspiration.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/anchor-bracelets/

pumpkinpip371 said...

so pretty. Most unique but most simple!

Gigi said...

where did you get the anchors ?

Traci said...

Thank you for the links- Very helpful! For the anchors did you use the pendant (larger) or charm (smaller) that Legendary Beads sells?

Julia said...

Here you can buy ancours:

http://www.ebay.de/itm/6x-DIY-Vintage-Anker-mit-Kette-Bails-Charms-Anhanger-Antikbronze-Schmuck-C419-/360613934643?pt=DE_Mode_Accessoires_Schmuck_Schmuck&hash=item53f643f633

Aimee said...

Sorry for the late response. For the blue bracelet I used the small anchor and for the red one, I used the large one. :)

Aimee said...

Links are in the post. :)

Aimee said...

Two of my guy friends actually wear one, I guess it just depends on the guy. :)

silvia lanfranchi said...

Hi! I talked about this bracelet in a post on my blog... you can find it here http://www.laraccoltadisilvia.com/2013/04/idee-per-braccialetti-estivi.html

Thank for your tutorial!

Silvia

KARLA said...

Does it matter what the diameter of the hemp cord is? So far searching online I found one that's 1MM & another that's 0.5MM.

Xavia Tennant said...

Very cute!

Carla said...

These are gorgeous! What size have the metal cord tips you use? (in mm)

Keep up you inspiring work!

Best wishes from Germany,


Carla

Monique Galang said...

i want to try it too.

lisafashionjewelry said...

wow, I like to do DIY projects,

kira said...

wow,looks great.www.sunriseimage.com

Rhys said...

can i just buy these? they are perfect!

Raph said...

I loooove this bracelet! <3 You inspired me to start my first DIY project. But unfortunately I failed... The cord I bought was too big to loop it through the anchor. Or the anchor was too small... I don't know.

ATasteOfMadness said...

These are gorgeous! I would definitely want to make these soon!

Chelsea said...

go for the smaller. I did it with 1mm and it is doable, but a little more difficult to loop through the anchor

AdamMesa said...

Where can I buy one ?! I need the red one badddd

Adam Mesa said...

Could I buy one ? I need the red one baddd or if someone will make it I'll pay!!

Ms.LuciferQuentin said...

They're pretty easy to make, Adam, I made one myself and it turned out great thanks to the instructions she posted. :) You'll probably find them on etsy or dawanda, I'd have a look there first.

Elizabeth Battaglia said...

I'm going to give this a try - so cute! I'm using the larger anchor "pendant" - will 20# hemp cord work? I can't find the colors I need in the 10# selection. I'm not sure how the pound weight of the hemp cord translates to millimeters... Thanks for any advice!

Zaychishka said...

I Love how the Anchor Bracelet turned out!!


- Zaychishka

Janine said...

These are delightful. Thanks for sharing.

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