Last-Minute DIY Gift on a Budget: Hex Nut Braided Bracelet (PHOTOS)

So, you want to give the women in your life something special, but your budget is tight. Instead of stressing, get crafting instead! Make her a modern and grown-up version of a friendship bracelet. Head over to the hardware store -- or you may even have everything you need in your toolbox. 


This cool bracelet looks great as a singlet on your wrist, or you can stack them or mix and match them with some of your other fave bracelets. The possibilities are endless with this braided bracelet.


  • Cord (hemp, leather, woven, your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Hex nuts
  • Magnetic clasp

PRICE NOTE: I bought more than enough cording, a package of four magnetic clasps, and a package of 20 nuts for very little -- so you can definitely make four bracelets for less than $10. For this price, make multiples. Make one for yourself. Who says even though you’re grown up you still can’t be twins with your BFF?


Step 1: Cut three pieces of your cord so they are at least 2' each.


Step 2: Tie a knot at the end of the three pieces of string and then braid. Measure your wrist as you braid. You want the braid to be 1/3 the size of your wrist.

Step 3: Tie a knot at the end of the braid. Thread a hex nut into all three pieces of string. Then tie another knot. Repeat this step 6-8 times. You want this portion to be 1/3 the length of the bracelet.

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Step 4: Braid the rest of your bracelet and then tie a knot at the end.


Step 5: Thread a magnetic clasp to one of your threads. Then tie that thread to one of the others. Double knot it. Then trim excess. Do this to both ends of your bracelet.

All ready for giving! 


Images via Kelly Ladd

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