DIY Ombre Dip Dyed Nautical Rope Bracelets

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

Perusing Lonny Magazine last week, I spied these adorable dip-dyed braided rope bracelets by Tanya Aguiniga retailing for $85 and thought, really, what an easy DIY this has to have been done already. And sure enough, it has!! It’s not often I post other people’s content but this was so great I had to share. So, without further ado, I give you Sailor’s Knot Bracelets via Etsy’s How-Tuesday. Check out The {NewNew} for more diys like this.

Here’s What You’ll Need…

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* 3.5 yards of rope.
* 14 ounce can for a smaller bracelet or a 20 ounce can for a larger bracelet. Any other round object that has the appropriate circumference for your wrist will do.


DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Wrap one end of the rope around the can to shape an X. Leave about a 4″ tail. You will need this tail at the end to finish the bracelet.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Wrap the long end of the rope around the can again and bring it up to the middle of the X. Then pass the long end under the right, upper leg of the X and pull the long end all the way through.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Next, move the upper left leg of the X over the right leg of the X to create an oval shape.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Pull the long end of the rope through the oval shaped opening you just set up.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Turn the can a bit and you will see that the oval shape has created another X shape. Again, pass the long end of the rope under the right upper leg of the X and pull the end through.

* Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you get to the beginning of your project.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* You will now find a three-stranded braid. Follow the rope you initially laid out and create a parallel second line.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Continue around the can. If you find that it’s getting too tight to pass the twine through the openings, you may want to take the bracelet off the can and continue with the knotting in your hand. If you take it off, be careful not to pull the rope too tight, otherwise your bracelet will shrink on your wrist.

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* Confused? Watch This or This

And… Voila!

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

* My Notes *

* To really mimic the ones featured in Lonny, you may need a slightly thicker rope & a smaller can. Also, use This tutorial.

* To create the dip-dye and/or even an ombre effect, grab yourself some RIT dye, follow the instructions and just literally dip your bracelet half-way in the dye mix until you get the color you want. To achieve the ombre look, start your dip quick, in and out, then dip again a bit longer and lower down …and so on, and so forth.

* These would also make really adorable NAPKIN HOLDERS …so use a really narrow jar or maybe a toilet paper roll to make a smaller version.

* Instead of tying a knot inside, you can also hand-stitch it with a matching thread to make it flush

DIY Nautical Rope Bracelet

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Franzi

    March 22, 2011 |

    Great MIY – I always wondered how to create such a pattern.

  • Wida

    March 22, 2011 |

    Maegan, you’re so perfect! Thank you for this!!!!!

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  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    March 22, 2011 |

    Love them! You should seriously start sellin them! 😀

  • Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...)

    March 22, 2011 |

    Hi!! I know your post today, its very creative. I like so much….
    I go on around here a litle bit more ;D because I need a few ideas for a wedding and I just to found your tutorials!! genial!!
    Kisses from Madrid

  • AlbeeLucky

    March 22, 2011 |

    Thanks for the DIY, I just love rope jewelry and this is perfect. I always wondered how they made them 🙂

  • Andi

    March 22, 2011 |

    You are so incredibly creative and talented. BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Collections

    March 22, 2011 |

    Love this post, I’m definitely going to try this. DIYs are always great and so much fun!

  • anhesty

    March 22, 2011 |

    loves it!!! i have a book of knots. and been wanting to use it for jewelry making. you def inspired me!

  • House of Hemingway

    March 22, 2011 |

    ay yay yay, got morning vertigo… I’ll come back when I’m more awake to give it a second try!


  • Julip Made

    March 22, 2011 |

    Wow… just wow! Definitely want to try this for summer.
    ~ Julie

  • Nicole C

    March 22, 2011 |

    ah i love DIY jewelry! thank you for sharing this! its an awesome idea

  • Nicole Marie

    March 22, 2011 |

    i think you should open and etsy shop and sell the things you make. i would buy them

  • Gwen

    March 22, 2011 |

    I am going to learn to do this braiding so I can teach it to Ellie. A bracelet like this dyed in her dance studio colors would be the perfect recital gift for her girlfriends.

  • Craftmaker

    March 22, 2011 |

    Great MIY!!!
    And thank you oh so much for tweeting about my wall art. It made so, so happy :):):)

  • Behind the Lashes

    March 22, 2011 |

    Bookmarking this post for a rainy day!!! Thank you for even linking to videos. Love it.

  • Allie

    March 22, 2011 |

    These are awesome! I bet you can even get a tie dye kit, and tie dye them as well. Those other ones are gorgeous, but definitely a rip off. And I think I’d have more fun making them myself!

  • Michelle's Style File

    March 23, 2011 |

    I LOVE this, will totally try this. New Follower on bloglovin.


  • AKB

    March 23, 2011 |

    I think that I make try to do this one for sure! So cute! Are you going to do some? I’d love to see hoe you’d style an outfit with them. If I get around to making these, I’ll let you know how it turns out. XO

  • K.Line

    March 23, 2011 |

    I actually prefer yours. Amazing idea!

  • Karin Şen Cankan

    March 23, 2011 |


    In Turkey we say “ellerine sağlık” meaning health to your hands, I just loved the pattern but confused so much, I wnat to do one for Talya, but you need to help me, I will start one and send an e-mail to you.

    Great job.


  • Jody

    March 23, 2011 |

    WOW! My eyes would get crossed doing all that! That looks cool.

  • LV

    March 23, 2011 |

    Love your DIY projects. You are so creative…LOVE THIS

  • Lisa Petrarca

    March 23, 2011 |

    That is so cool. Love it. How cool would that be for H.S. girls to make, sell & donate $$ to Japan.

    I’ll have to put a blast out on FB & maybe somebody will do it!

    Check out my discount fashion/makeup finds!

  • Kate

    March 23, 2011 |

    Amazing! Thank you so much! I’ve been eyeing the James Kiel Patrick ones but now I think I’ll make myself a few – plus, it’s so much fun to be able to say you’ve made it! 🙂


  • Kelly

    March 24, 2011 |

    Wow, this is awesome. I need to do this immediately – I’m so obsessed with all things nautical right now.

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    April 24, 2011 |

    Hi! 🙂 Love this post!
    Just a little hint: When you go to ‘Fashion DIY’ and chooses ‘Dip Dyed Nautical….’, the link doesn’t work – It’s beacause there is a h too much i http://
    Keep up the good work!

  • Matt

    May 26, 2011 |

    nice tutorial, very clearly described. I have made literally hundreds of thousands over the years. If you are going to make your own, pay particular attention to the cord you choose. There are a lot of yarny cords out there that just don’t hold structure like a quality piece of cord. Also, most cotton cord comes with a sizing on it. You will get better dye penetration if you prep your cord with Synthropol or a similary detergent.

    I love the ombre dye technique. I don’t make them because I’m a bit of a purist, but they are HUGELY popular this year! I hope you all make one and get as much joy from that process as I do.

  • Anonymous

    May 6, 2012 |

    i really really really don’t get that. its too hard 🙁

  • galy

    August 3, 2012 |

    amazing! and so easy!

  • School System Occupational Therapist in Virginia

    August 24, 2012 |

    Thanks so much for posting this! I work as an occupational therapist with students in special education and many classes have fundraisers during the year. Many students have the sufficient fine motor and motor planning skills to make these so I’m gonna try it! Karen

  • Nautical Rope Bracelet

    September 11, 2014 |

    Thanks for sharing such a nice creative idea here, I would like to create Nautical Rope Bracelet
    by myself.

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