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Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 2: Hex Nut Bracelet

Posted: 12/03/11 12:36 PM (Modified: 12/03/11 12:35 PM)

Welcome to Day 2 of Frugal Christmas Gifts! This idea was submitted by Amy on Green Eggs and Hamm. There is still time for you to submit your entry and get a chance to win an $1100 diamond from Gold Buyers Express, please read the instructions for the diamond giveaway on this post. If you like the post below, be sure to comment! The entry with the most comments will win the diamond!

{The Hex Nut Bracelet}

I have been infatuated with making grown up friendship bracelets. All week I have been making the old school ones with embroidery thread. I found myself back at the hardware store today buying more hexnuts for a project I did for a blog swap a while back with my sweet and beautiful cousin Shelley from Crazy Wonderful.

I found the tutorial here.  It's a braided Hex Nut bracelet. The best part: it cost around $2, and takes less than 10 minutes, plus all supplies can be found at a hardware store, or in your hubby's toolbox.



3 strands of twine (you could even use leather) cut into 1 yard pieces

18 small brass hexnuts (but feel free to make it your own and use silver)



Gather the 3 strands and tie a not at the top, then braid it about an inch or so. I stuck a safety pin in my bed to hold it firm while braiding (do at your own risk).

Once you get a good inch or 2 braided, start incorporating the hex nuts.


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  • Start with the strand on the left and holding the braid taught add a nut and push it to the base of braid. You'll want to hold that nut firmly in place.
  • Then crossover that strand.
  • Before joining the right side, add another nut, hold firmly then crossover.

Follow this with the remaining hex nuts, then finish with another inch or 2 of braid, tie another knot and you are finished. You can leave a long strand and tie it with a knot, or do what I did and find a nice clasp. I hate wearing jewelry at home. It's the first thing I take off when I enter the door...right before I put on my sweats.



This project was so fun and easy I made two. One out of small hexnuts, one out of the medium.


pardon the paint on my hand...

I used a magnetic clasp I found at Joanns.


I enjoyed it so made much I did another one of their tutorials making "grown up" friendship bracelets. I am totally addicted. Here is the link to the other tutorial.


The top is an old bracelet I haven't worn in years. The bottom is an old gold chain from back in the day when I was a true gangsta.

Close up of the necklace.

If you do this second project with a small chain, use about 1/2 as much embroidery thread and instead of using a bobby pin to pull the strands through, use a small piece of embroidery thread tied around the two strands you are working with. It makes it much easier since a bobby pin won't fit through the small links.

Warning: just like friendship bracelets from the 80s, these are totally addicting and will have you remaking all your old jewelry.


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Dec 3, 2011 03:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I like!!!!!!!!!! Would be great gift for teens to out! Thanks!

Dec 3, 2011 06:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You have a gift, a bracelet artist!!! Supa Awesome...

Dec 3, 2011 06:30 pm
 Posted by  Shelley

You are so amazing and I love you Amy!!! Such an awesome bracelet!

Dec 3, 2011 07:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

taut = hold tight
taught = you taught us to make a cool bracelet, great gift for my teenage boys, think I'll try black string with the brass, more "teenage boy" looking. How versatile, you can use pink string for the girls!

Dec 3, 2011 08:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Very nice, looks easy to make.

Dec 3, 2011 09:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Pretty impressive, I'm telling all my peeps!

Dec 3, 2011 10:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great ideas and looks easy to do, thanks

Dec 3, 2011 11:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Cool idea! Thanks for posting frugal gifts!
Samantha Reed

Dec 4, 2011 10:06 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You are so creative!

Dec 5, 2011 09:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oh wow! That is so cool!

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