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Rope Bangle Bracelet




  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Hot-glue pad
  • Thin cotton rope
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Small bowl
  • Drinking glass
  • Plastic wrap
  • Electric fan (optional)
  • Metallic paint


  1. Step 1

    Squirt a dime-size amount of hot glue onto glue pad. Line up ends of thin cotton rope and press into hot glue. Let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Twist, braid or knot rope in the design you prefer. Make a loop, and adjust loop until inside diameter measures 2 1/2 inches (small), 2 5/8 inches (medium), or 2 3/4 inches (large); mark end point with finger.

  3. Step 3

    Squirt another dime-size amount of hot glue onto glue pad; press rope into glue where your finger is holding the end. Let cool to secure. Once cooled, cut through hot glue at bottom end; trim strands at top end. Use hot glue to neatly attach two ends together.

  4. Step 4

    Pour fabric stiffener into bowl; submerge rope bracelet. Remove bracelet from stiffener and use fingers to remove excess.

  5. Step 5

    Cover a drinking glass with plastic wrap. Place bracelet over cup and push down to form into a circle; keep in place for one minute, then remove. Place bracelet on plastic wrap on a flat surface and press down to level it. Let dry 2 to 12 hours (use a fan to speed up drying time).

  6. Step 6

    Paint with metallic paint; let dry.

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2011



Reviews (6)

  • ojolie 4 Jan, 2012

    As I did not see the program when this was spotlighted, I am having a heck of a time following these directions.Plus I am not able to access the how-to video for this rope bangle bracelet. The video site keeps saying it is unavailable. Does anyone have any helpful hints either for directions or how I can view the video? Thanks so much.

  • wicrafter 16 Dec, 2011

    I have been searching for over 2 weeks and I can NOT find Martha Stewart's Brush Cleaner for oil based paints (blue gel). I have searched the internet and Michaels Stores, no one can tell me where to purchase it. I would appreciate any help with this. Thank you.

  • JMSBrooklyn 7 Dec, 2011

    mmlkitty found the fabric stiffener at Michael's at the craft paints section.

    room145 there's black metallic paint by Plaid - you can try that!!

  • canni 4 Dec, 2011

    mmlkitty you can use stiffen stuff it's a a pump spray but you can pour it into a bowl and it's waterproof. you can buy it at michael's

  • room145 2 Dec, 2011

    KRISTIN... you had black bracelets... but what paint did you use. Martha doesn't have black in the paint used. HELP!

  • mmlkitty 1 Dec, 2011

    Can someone direct me on how to find the special Fabric Stiffener they used on the show to make the rope bracelets? it was waterproof not your regular fabric softener. Directions said it could be found in the craft section of the website but I'm unable to locate it. Thx