Are you in the market for a fashionable and simple braided necklace or a fun and easy do-it-yourself arts and crafts project? Making your own braided necklace is very simple as well as enjoyable. It is also a great project to do with children and you do not even need very many supplies to make yourself a nice new necklace.
What You Need
- 6 pieces of string – each about 5 feet in length
- a silver hoop or ring
- a decorative charm
You can use pretty much any string of any color. You can use string as fine as tread or you can use yarn. This will determine the final thickness of your necklace. You do not want it to be too thin because it will be harder to work with.
For your silver hoop you can use something like the ring from a key chain. You want it to be pretty small though and no larger than an inch in diameter. It also does not have to be silver, but you do want it to match the charm you select for your necklace. For your charm you may also want to consider beads, shells or even a stone as long as it has a suitable hole in it for attaching it to the necklace. Go ahead and attach your charm to the hoop.
Braiding The String
Take 3 of your 6 pieces of string and make sure the ends are as even as possible and then thread all 3 pieces through your hoop. Pull the hoop down into the middle of the string and fold the string so that you have access to 6 ends. You then need to find a way to secure it so you can work with the string. You can use a pushpin on a cork board or think cardboard or even a nail in the wall. The easiest way is to just have a friend hold onto it for you. It is important that you find a way to secure it though or else you will not be able to create the very nice braided look you are going for.
Next, separate the string into 3 sections. Each section should be 2 strands of string. Bring plaiting by taking the left section and moving it to the middle. Then take the right section and move it to the middle. Repeat this process until you have reached about 7 inches or you can keep going as long as you would like to make a longer necklace. To make sure your braid does not unravel when you have finished you want to tie a knot in the end. Make sure that the knot includes all of the sections of the braid.
Do this same thing again with your remaining 3 pieces of string. Braid the exact same amount as you did on the first side. Now tie the two sides together. You can either put it on and then tie it or if you made it large enough you can tie and then slip it over your head. This is also a great way to make braided bracelets.