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How to make a Chinese Staircase Hemp Bracelet with Beads

Learn how to make a hemp bracelet with this video tutorial. Tweens, teens, and adults will love creating this spiral type of friendship bracelet. Use a basic knot to create this amazing Chinese Staircase technique. Then give them away as handmade gifts or wear them to school!

Hemp Bracelet

This hemp bracelet tutorial is a fun friendship bracelet pattern that uses beads. Watch the video or follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how to make one.

Hemp bracelet with blue beads. Text reads "Spiral hemp bracelet"

Bracelets are a great craft for kids of all ages. They are perfect for tweens because they can make their own and then give all the cute crafts to their friends.

This beautiful bracelet design uses the forward knot the whole way, which naturally creates a spiral. We also added colorful beads to give them a bit of bling.

Hemp was one of the more popular materials for jewelry when we were teens and it’s making a comeback. Wearing them gives you a bit of a bohemian look.

The bracelet in this tutorial has a beginner skill level. Once you have mastered it, try this candy stripe bracelet for more of a challenge.

Or, if you want a necklace instead, check out this hemp choker.

You can use this bracelet craft in several ways.

  • Give them to a good friend as friendship bracelets.
  • Hang them from your backpacks
  • Use them as colorful gift wrap ribbons.
  • Pass them out as handmade Valentines.
  • Make them at a sleepover.
  • Create them during a summer road trip.
  • Braid them as a summer camp activity.
  • Make them during an elementary school class party
  • Create them in bulk and sell them at craft fairs

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Knots used in this friendship bracelet

To create this bracelet you should be familiar with the forward knot.

If you are not comfortable with this technique, head over to our basic friendship bracelet knots tutorials. There you will learn 5 of the basic bracelet knots including the backward knot and square knots.

No time to make this bracelet with beads? Pin it for later!

If you’re currently in planning mode, that’s ok! Pin this to your favorite Pinterest board. That way you’ll be able to grab instructions when you’re ready!

Hemp bracelet with blue beads. Text reads "Bracelets - Hemp"

Bracelet Tip:

I always like to start with more hemp than I think I will need. It is hard working with hemp if the strings get too small.

Ways to secure hemp jewelry while you’re making them

To get really good results, you want to make sure that the bracelet is secure while you’re creating the knots. Here are a few ideas for securing your string.

  • Use a binder clip to secure it to a flat surface.
  • Place a pillow on your lap and safety pin the floss to the pillow.
  • Clip the hemp onto a clipboard.
  • Use a piece of tape to secure it to your work surface.
Yield: 1 bracelet

Hemp Chinese staircase bracelet

Hemp Chinese Staircase Bracelet on a wrist

Follow along with this beginner level hemp bracelet tutorial. All you need to know is one knot!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Hemp
  • Beads
  • Button - I like the ones with the hole on the back.

Tools

  • Clipboard or Safety Pin (for holding your bracelet in place while working)

Instructions

  1. Measure out 2 strings of hemp. One should be able to wrap your wrist 4 times with a little extra. The second is about 12". In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  2. Create a loop at the top of your 12" string and then tie the 2 strings together. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  3. Check to make sure your button fits through the hole. Adjust now if needed. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  4. String all the beads onto the 12" string. Hemp can fray so twist slightly when stringing them on if the beads are snug. Tie off the end of the string so they don't slide off. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  5. Secure the strings down and start a forward knot. The straight string will be the 12" string. Take the long piece of hemp and create a number 4 over the straight string. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  6. Bring the long string under the straight string. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  7. Pull it through the loop. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  8. Tighten the knot as you slide it to the top of the bracelet. Hemp can be stiff so just work with it to get a nice knot. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8. As you do the long string will start working its way under the straight string. Move it over to the left side at any time and keep making your knots. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  10. After 5 knots slide up a bead. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  11. Then create 5 more knots. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  12. Continue the bracelet, checking from time to time the length of your wrist. Keep in mind you will have the button at the end so leave a small section of hemp without knots. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  13. When you are happy with the length, string the button on the short piece of hemp. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  14. Tie off using the second string twice. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  15. Then bring both strings together for a final knot, pull tight, and trim off any extra hemp. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  16. Place the loop over the button to fasten your bracelet. In process image of a hemp bracelet.
  17. We used all blue beads, but you can mix and match them any way you like! Hemp Chinese Staircase Bracelet on a wrist

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Hemp bracelet with blue beads.
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