My mom taught me to do macrame back in the 80's. I love that most of these crafts we did are a throwback to my adolescent years, and the girls didn't even know it. Everything that was once cool, then not, is cool again. Awesome.
- I bought the hemp from Hemp Beadery on Etsy. I got 12 spools for $55, which was more than enough for 100 girls to make plenty of bracelets.
- I also bought some beeswax for the girls to rub onto the end of the hemp. This made it a lot easier to slide the beads on.
For each bracelet you need two pieces of hemp. One 24" piece and one 72" piece (3x the length of the short piece). So essentially you use 8 ft of hemp per bracelet. This will help in determining how much hemp to buy. I cut these pieces before camp to eliminate that headache with 100 girls, so the tutorial below just refers to the "short string" and "long string".
You can use that PDF File to print out the tutorial for easy reference.
Oh Happy Macrame.