Hi, friends! Bethany here with you today to share a pretty Embossed Butterfly Boho Bracelet. Boho style is really popular lately, and when I think of boho, I think of different textures of fabrics, natural elements and layered bracelets. This bracelet combines a few of those with its knotted natural hemp cord and the beautiful embossed Vintaj blank featuring an ethereal butterfly. The knotted hemp may look a little hard to replicate, but its created by making a series of square knots, which is a knot used in macrame. Square knots are really easy to make, so you can have yourself a new boho bracelet in no time.
This bracelet was inspired by the lovely Sizzix DecoEmboss Butterfly Swirls die by Vintaj. Since I was little, I've always had a love for butterflies that I shared with my grandmother. Since she's passed away, butterflies always remind me of her. I knew a butterfly would be the perfect centerpiece of my boho bracelet. You can find a supply list for the other projects used at the bottom of this post.
The very first step of the project is creating an extra hole in the Vintaj metal blank. The metal blanks come with one hole pre-punched, but since you need to thread cord through each side of the blank, use a metal punch to punch a hole in the blank opposite of the pre-punched hole.
Next it's time to emboss the Vintaj metal blank. Open your Sizzix DecoEmboss Butterfly Swirls die by Vintaj (or whatever die speaks to you most) and place your Vintaj blank inside on whatever portion of the design you'd like to be on your bracelet. I chose to use the large butterfly, but next time I'm creating with this die I can use the smaller butterfly, which is part of what makes these embossing folders so neat!
Close the blank inside of the embossing folder and create a Sizzix sandwich. This means that you sandwich the embossing folder between two Standard Cutting Pads, place the sandwich on top of the Solo Platform and Shim, and roll it through your Sizzix Vintaj BIGkick.
Once the blank is embossed, it's time for my favorite part of creating embossed blanks: using the Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block. Simply rub the block over the embossed design to make it shiny. Isn't the butterfly beautiful?
Because you want the blank to comfortably fit around your wrist, the next step in the process is curving the blank. All you need is a pair of bracelet bending pliers. Starting at the end of the blank, press the pliers down on the blank. Slide the blank over a little and press the pliers down again, repeating until you have gently curved the entire blank.
Then its time to create the actual bracelet. You'll need four lengths of hemp cord. I used hemp because it's easy to knot and stays knotted pretty well. You need two 28" pieces of cord and two 40" pieces of cord. You will use one of each size for each side of the bracelet. Select one of the 28" pieces of cord and fold it in half. Thread the folded end of the cord through one of the holes in the blank. You can use the end of something pointed to help you thread the cord through if you're having trouble.
Once you pull a few inches of the cord through the hole, thread the end of the cord up through the loop.
Pull the end tight to secure the cord onto the blank. Next it's time to create the square knots.
Use a piece of tape to secure your blank to something flat like a table top or a clipboard. Use another piece of tape to secure the end of the cord attached to the blank to the same surface. Take one of the pieces of 40" cord and fold in half. Pull a few inches of the folded end of the cord under the taped cord. Pull the right side of the folded cord all the way out from under the middle cord so that you now have the 40" cord centered under the taped cord.
Fold the right side of the cord over the middle cord. Take the left side of the cord, bring it over the piece from the right side and under the middle cord.
Thread it through the loop that is now on the right side.
Then pull the cord tight up against the blank. Repeat the same process but this time start from the left side. To clarify, each time you make a knot, you start with the same cord. You can place a piece of tape on whatever side of the cord you start with so that you know to always start creating a knot with that side of the chord. Here's a quick little video that I created to clarify the process if it stills seems a little unclear.
Once you have "braided" enough of the cord to fit around about half of your wrist, it's time to cut the cord.
You're going to cut the ends of the cord that you were knotting with, NOT the middle cord.
Snip off the ends of the cord and put some super glue or clear nail polish over the ends to keep all your hard work from unravelling. Repeat the entire process from threading the middle cord through to knotting the cord and clipping the ends to create the other side of the bracelet.
Once both sides are complete, lay the ends over one another. Cut another piece of cord about 6". You're going to create square knots again, using the ends of the bracelets as your middle cord. This will secure your bracelet ends and allow the bracelet size to be adjusted so you can enlarge it to slide it over your wrist and then tighten it to fit your wrist securely.
Once you have a few square knots, clip the ends of the cord you were knotting with and secure the ends with hot glue. Cut the ends of the bracelet down a bit, knot the ends of the cord, and glue the knots. Then your bracelet is complete!
Once you get the hang of creating square knots, you can create lots of beautiful bracelets using different Vintaj DecoEmboss or DecoEtch dies and different shapes of Vintaj metal blanks.
And because the bracelet is adjustable, it's a perfect gift to give. You don't have to know the size of the person's wrist you're making it for.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today for this Sizzix tutorial!
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