How to Make Lanyard Bracelets

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Lanyard bracelets, like you made at summer camp as a kid, are popping up in all sorts of stores and boutiques these days. But why buy one when you can easily make it? The classic box stitch can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it you can make several bracelets in under an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 strands of plastic lace in different colors, 8 feet long
  • Metal clasp
Lanyard bracelets are made with plastic lace.
Lanyard bracelets are made with plastic lace. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 1

All you need for this project is plastic lace and a metal clasp, both of which can be found in the jewelry section of your local craft store.

You'll only need a few strands of plastic and a clasp.
You'll only need a few strands of plastic and a clasp. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 2

Cut two equal pieces of plastic lace, about 8 feet long to ensure that you don't run out of material. Slide your clasp up to the middle of one of the plastic strands, and lay it perpendicular over the other one.

Form a cross with your laces.
Form a cross with your laces. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 3

Take strand D and fold it over the others to the left.

Fold to the left.
Fold to the left. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 4

Tack strand A and fold it down over the others.

Fold down.
Fold down. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 5

Take strand B and fold it over the others to the right.

Fold to the right.
Fold to the right. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 6

Take strand C and fold it up over strand B.

Fold up.
Fold up. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 7

Thread strand C under the loop formed by strand D.

Loop under.
Loop under. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 8

Pull all four strands to tighten.

Pull to tighten
Pull to tighten (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 9

Repeat the process over and over to form a long box chain.

Repeat the above steps to generate your chain.
Repeat the above steps to generate your chain. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 10

Check the length of the bracelet to ensure it fits around your wrist. Mine is 8 inches long and fits a small woman's wrist.

Make sure your bracelet is long enough.
Make sure your bracelet is long enough. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 11

Slip the other end of the clasp over one of the laces. Then tie all four laces into a simple knot.

Finish off your bracelet with a knot.
Finish off your bracelet with a knot. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 12

Trim the plastic laces to about an inch long.

Trim the ends of the laces.
Trim the ends of the laces. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 13

Wrap the bracelet around your wrist, secure with the clasp, and you're ready to go!

Secure the bracelet with the clasp.
Secure the bracelet with the clasp. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

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