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Lanyard bracelets. The grown up version!
This project brings back memories, in more than one way. 1) I loved lanyard when I was a kid, and I clearly remember making sooo many keychains and bracelets. 2) This DIY reminds me of S&P's first ever project, the Braided Chain Bracelet, from last summer. And 3) ...Well, my entire bedding set during my Freshman year of college were these exact colors. My comforter was reversible neon green and bright blue, and I even had hangers and towels in the same colors. By the time I graduated I was more into the darker jewel tones, but I still can't resist a good pop of color.

Posted by Kirsten Nunez from New York, New York, United States • Published See Kirsten Nunez's 17 projects »
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  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Supplies:

    - Chain, twice the length of your wrist
    - Lanyard, 1-4 colors
    - Scissors
    - Jewelry pliers
    - Jump rings
    - Toggle or clasp closures

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 2
    Step 2

    1) Cut two strands of lanyard, about 60 inches each

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 3
    Step 3

    2) Fold both strands in half and tie a knot. Separate the strands like above; I used two colors so it'd be easy to follow along.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 4
    Step 4

    3) Fold the chain in half. Insert the two middle strands - one of each color/side - into the center link of the chain.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 5
    Step 5

    4) Take the outer blue strand and insert it directly through the next empty link. It should end up "behind" the chain.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 6
    Step 6

    5) Fold it over the chain and towards the left, and insert it through the next empty link. Keep repeating, and you'll end up with something like this. Make sure you pull pretty tight; the slippery finish of lanyard makes it likely to unwravel and loosen from the chain.

    The chain might be kind of wonky while you'r doing this, but just keep on going. You can straighten everything out later.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 7
    Step 7

    6) Repeat until you reach the end of the chain.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 8
    Step 8

    7) Take the inner blue strand, and bring it under the chain and through the next empty link. I placed an arrow where the first "stitch" was.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Closeup.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 10
    Step 10

    8) Keep repeating until you reach the end of the chain. You'll want to pull tight like you did with the first strand, but make sure not to pull TOO tight. You'll later be weaving the neon green through the blue lanyard, in order to connect the two sides.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 11
    Step 11

    9) Take the outer strand of the second color - in this case neon green - and start weaving the lanyard through the chain. You're essentially repeating steps 4 and 5.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 12
    Step 12

    10) Repeat until you reach the end of the chain.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 13
    Step 13

    11) Taking the inner/second neon green strand, insert it through the next empty chain link. From here on you'll be inserting it through the adjacent blue stitch, then bringing it back into the chain.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 14
    Step 14

    I found it was a lot easier to work with upside down!

    Green goes through the blue...

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 15
    Step 15

    And then down through the next empty link.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 16
    Step 16

    12) When you're done with both sides, tie the strands off with tight knots, and trim.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pull tight, and repeat.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 18
    Step 18

    13) Add the jump ring and bracelet closure of your choice.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 19
    Step 19

    14) Go back to the other side of the bracelet, unwravel the first knot you made and cut the two loops. Tie them off with tight knots and trim.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 20
    Step 20

    15) Add the other half of the bracelet closure.

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 21
    Step 21

    Finished product!

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 22
    Step 22

    I had to make a black and gold version...the classic color combo that I love so much. The black lanyard kind of reminds of me patent leather, actually.

    I'd really recommend using a thick, heavy duty curb chain for this. However, keep in mind that this probably means it's a bit hard to cut. You might need a wire cutter or jewelry pliers - but probably a wire cutter - to trim the chain. If you get the chain cut in a hardware or craft store, I'd also recommend maybe having the employee further trim the chain for you in the lengths that you need (again, twice the length of your wrist), since you're there anyway. I lucked out and happened to have two strands of this chain left in the length I needed...but I know this chain is impossible to cut with a pair of scissors or pliers. In other words: don't hurt yourself trying to cut this really heavy chain!

  • How to make a chain bracelet. Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet  - Step 23
    Step 23

    Enjoy! :)

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B*
B* · 55 projects
Wonderful! Happy
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Ninoo
Ninoo · Paris, Île-de-France, FR · 10 projects
Very very nice
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Dani A.
Dani A. · London, GB · 3 projects
Stunning, love the colour combo.
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Myka M.
Myka M.
Wow I love it!
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Dani A.
Dani A. · London, GB · 3 projects
Wow, wot a cool tut.
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Katie's Crafts
Katie's Crafts · Dracut, Massachusetts, US · 16 projects
This is soooooo cute!
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Laura
Laura · Brossard, Quebec, CA
These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!
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nariel
nariel · Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX · 13 projects
OMG i loved lanyard as a kid Happy and it really looks mature, nice and polish (:
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