How To Tie A Secure Bracelet Knot – 6 Ways

  • By: Carl
  • Time to read: 6 min.

When you are making a bracelet one of the most important aspects is figuring out how to tie a bracelet knot. This is particularly important if you are making a bracelet that could be including charms or something of value to you.

Tie a bracelet knot by crossing the two ends of the bracelet. Then make a loop with the right end of the bracelet and run the left end through that loop. Pull the right end back through the loop and pull it tight. Repeat the process with the left end. Then trim both sides and burn the trimmed ends.

The last thing you want to have happened is for the bracelet to come undone and you do not notice it before it’s too late. So take a look at each of the methods below and see which knot is best for your bracelet.

Let’s take a look at the six ways you can use to tie a secure bracelet knot.

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The Best Knots For Tying Bracelets

1. The Overhand Knot

This is probably the most basic knot in the entire knot world, possibly the first one that pops into your mind when you need to tie a knot, and one of the most common in jewelry making.

All you have to do to tie this kind of knot is positioning one end of the string bracelet over the rest of it to form a loop, take the end of the string and make it slide through the loop, then pull the knot tightly.

This really is the easiest, isn’t it?

This will work well with any kind of string and rope, elastic, wool, or cotton threads.

2. The Surgeon’s Knot

This kind of knot is great for tying elastics, and is a little complicated to do, especially if confronted with the super-simple overhand knot.

The Surgeon’s Knot, which is called this way because it’s the one surgeons use to secure their suture threads, is made by a couple of twists, which really help to keep everything in place; so it’s a great, very practical and secure option to tie a bracelet, even if not the best aesthetically speaking.

To tie this kind of not, overlap the two ends of the string, form a loop, and slide the thread through it. Then, slide it through again (for a total of two knots made). Pull both ends and tighten the knot solidly.

To make it more solid, try applying a drop of transparent superglue on it.

When working with elastic strings, also remember not to pull too hard, nor to use elastics that are too thin, and, once the bracelet is made, not to stretch too much when putting it on.

3. The Square Knot

The square knot is called like this because it looks the same on both sides.

This particular knot can be used in braided jewelry when you need to tie together different strands of string or add more thread into your work, and it is a tight one, as the Surgeon’s Knot.

To tie a square knot, you need to take the extremes of your two different ropes, one in each hand. Then, you have to first slide the end in your right hand over and under the end in your left one, and, secondly, you need to repeat the exact same process in reverse, sliding the end in your left and over and under the end in your right hand. Pull both ends strongly to tighten the knot.

This knot is great for any kind of material, but it works best with thick, waxed ropes, like the ones used to make scoubidou bracelets.

4. The Sliding Knot

This is probably the most useful out of all of these, as well as one of the most difficult to make.

This is a great option for waxed cotton strings and even thicker ropes, such as leather or satin ones.

Thus, this is especially good for thick (but not too thick, since in that case, the rope would be less flexible, hence more difficult to fold) threads.

Sliding knots probably are the best ways to make your bracelets adjustable in size, allowing you to resize them any time you want.

The sliding knot isn’t only useful, but also beautiful to see, perfect to add different touches to your bracelets’ design, whether you want them to look bohemian, rustic, or more sophisticated.

So, without further ado, this is how to tie a sliding knot (we’re going to use bullet points this time, because of the difficulty of this particular knot):

How To Tie A Sliding Knot

  1. Lay across the extremes of the string. The extreme of the thread in your left hand is in front of the extreme of the thread in your right one.
  2. Roll the thread that’s on the left around the one that’s on the right.
  3. Do it again: roll it around the right thread again. Make one complete loop (and a total of two hoops). Remember to keep the loops relatively baggy during this phase of the tie-knotting process.
  4. Repeat the process one more time. You will have three hoops around the right cord.
  5. Bring the extreme of the string towards the first loop, after doing the third roll.
  6. Slide this extreme of the rope through all of the three loops.
  7. Pull the end of the thread you just slid through the loops to tighten the knot.
  8. Repeat each and every one of these exact steps on the other side of your string. You should come up with another knot that looks exactly like the first one.
  9. While cutting the extremes of the thread to make them even. Always keep in mind that you have to leave enough string to be able to tighten or loosen the knots as desired.

And that’s it: now you have a perfectly resizable bracelet to fit all kinds of wrists.

5. The Lark’s Head Knot

Unlike the others, this knot isn’t used to finish up a bracelet, nor to close its ends.

In fact, this knot is great for when you want or need to attach a pendant to your jewelry piece. What you have to do is fold the string in half and slide the so-formed loop end through the pendant or object you want to add to your bracelet.

Now, pull both ends of the strings through the loop, securely framing your pendant in the knot. Pull the ends of the rope until the knot is firmly rolled around the pendant.

6. How To Tie Friendship Bracelets

This method only works for bracelets that are done intersecting multiple threads (like friendship bracelets).

To perform this knot, first tie your thread in half. Then, make an overhand knot with this folded thread’s end, in order to create a loop at one extreme of your bracelet.

Continue with the process of making your bracelet and, when you’re done, make two little braids out of the two strands of multiple thread-ends that result after the bracelet-making. Knot both ends with an overhand knot.

Then, slide one of the two braids through the loop you made earlier, and tie it together with the other braid with another overhand knot, and you’re finished!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good knot for an elastic bracelet cord?

The best knot for an elastic cord bracelet is a surgeon’s knot or a square knot. Both of these knots have the ability to stay secure and work well with elastic. They will make sure anything you have on the bracelet such as beads or charms stay secure.

What are the most popular bead bracelets?

The most popular bead bracelets are made using natural stone beads. Natural stone beads are heavier than their plastic counterparts and give bracelets a premium and quality feel that you just do not get from plastic beads. They are great for friends, gifts and even to sell.

What is the best knot for a bracelet?

The best knots for making bracelets are the overhand knot, the square knot, the surgeon’s knot, and the sliding knot., Each knot has its own strengths and weaknesses and can be ideal depending on the material you are using and the type of bracelet you are making.


In conclusion, when it comes to making bracelets you have a lot of knots to choose from and the knot that you use should depend on the type of material you are using and the style of bracelet you are making.

Experiment around with different knots on different materials and see which knot holds the best on your particular project. In addition, you can also use a variety of glues, and heat to help secure your bracelets so that you are sure they will never come undone. Play around and have fun with it!

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