Today’s camp craft is brought to you by Troop 626. Counselor Pleakly here! Today I’m going to show you how to make bracelets or lanyards with plastic lacing or Rexlace.
- Plastic lacing or rexlace (the flat variety, available from Amazon or your local craft store)
- Safety pin
Plastic Lacing Lanyard Instructions:
There are many different designs you can use for plastic lacing. Today I’m going to show you a simple one to get started with this type of craft.
The design will require 2 different colors. Choose your two colors (contrasting is usually a good idea) and make sure the lace pieces are at least 18 inches or 46 cm long.
First up, you need to tie a knot at the top of the safety pin, like so:
You’ll need to find a way to secure the pin. I pinned it to my pants leg, but you could use a cushion if you like, or even attach it to your shoe.
Now we can start the pattern. Grab the lace on the left (yellow) and make a loop (we’ll call that loop 1). Take the other lace (red) and make another loop (we’ll call that loop 2). Put loop 1 through loop 2.
Pull loop 1 tight and hold it together.
Now take the 1st string (red) and make a new loop through loop 2.
Keep repeating the loops and you should start to see a pattern that looks like below.
You can keep going for as long as you want! A lanyard for a keyring should probably be around 3 inches (8 cm), but a bracelet will depend on how big your friend’s wrist is!
To finish off your plastic lacing lanyard, here’s what you need to do:
Take the last loop you made, and pull to make it slightly larger.
Then take the non-looped end and make a loop out of it. They will look like a pair of rabbit ears. Tie the two loops together.
Then tie them again a 2nd time.
You can cut your loops or use them to secure a key ring. It’s up to you!
I hope you enjoyed this basic tutorial on making lanyards. Send us a photo of your finished product on social media, and use the hashtag #IGGPPCamp! Happy weaving!