Shine Bright with DYI Gimp Bracelets

Do you remember yourself as a child in a summer camp sitting by the sea, catching the sun with lots of bracelets on your hands? This picture is very familiar to us. While everyone had a colorful handmade accessory, we wanted to stand out with our special bracelet by its design and creative embodiment. Not only children but adults are fond of gimp bracelets as well. Also called scoubidou or boondoggle, gimp bracelets have many of their types. Moreover, the process of doing this type of accessory is more than just a sign of your originality: it helps to express your individuality. This is the perfect way to spend leisure time with your kid, so read the article and open a new look at gimp bracelets.

What is a Gimp bracelet?

Gimp bracelet is part of a knotting craft primarily intended for children. Its origins came in France when the popularity of scoubidou reached its edge in the 1950s. The definition ''scoubidou'' originated after the song by Sasha Distel - a well-known French singer. In 2004-2005 gimp bracelets came into fashion in many countries, such as the United Kingdom, and remain a great accessory for desperate fashionistas. The activity of making gimp bracelets is viral among children in camps. The variety of gimp bracelets is immense. Thus their naming is quite different. Scoobies - a short form for scoubidou, are related to colorful plastic strands or repeated knots. When calling them boondoggle, we understand braided material with original traditions from scouts with their way of braiding a ring to hold a neckerchief. As the material, the gimp is used in silk, polyester, wool, and cotton variations covered with metallic wire, making it suitable for knotting. Gimp bracelets also have worldwide recognition. In 2008 Manuela Dos Santos from Betancourt, France, presented the world's longest scoubidou - 1,673 feet and 2 inches. This fact is tangible proof of gimp bracelets' actuality.

How to make a Gimp bracelet?

As with many handmade bracelets, gimp bracelets are not the exception. You can create your accessory by yourself at a minimum cost. By the way, it is better to watch tutorials but to have a short glimpse; this information should be appropriate. To make a gimp bracelet, you must have plastic lacing, paper tape, scissors, a wood bead with a large hole, and glue. Every type of bracelet starts with making a loop at the top by folding the lacing in half. Tape down the loop to make it immovable. The diameter of the loop should equal the diameter of your bead. Then, place another string at the center of the first one, slide it behind, and knot around. Continue knotting to the desired length. As another knotting example, you may tie a forward knot on the string around the others and repeat with a backward knot. To finish the bracelet, make a knot at the end, slide a bead, and knot it. The variety of gimp bracelets techniques is immense: from the complexity of the process to other knick-knackery additions. Whether you like a single-strap bracelet or a massive double or triple wristband, you should be acquainted with gimp bracelet types.

Gimp bracelet types

Everyone who creates a gimp bracelet may discover a new type. This is why the definition of their types is quite strange. Thus we will distinguish gimp bracelets by the type of knot they were produced of.

square stitch know gimp bracelets

The bracelets made in square or box stitch are the most common. To make such a bracelet, two strands are used. Take the end of one strand, cross opposite ends, then take one of the other ends and go over the first and under the second. You can create a double or triple stitch by doubling the bracelet size.

Spiral knot Gimp bracelet

Spiral gimp bracelets look more like cylindrical knotting. While in the square stitch, you cross the ends straight over; here, you should cross the ends diagonally. You can also add twists while knitting the gimp strips to improve the bracelet form.

spiral know gimp bracelets

Cobra twist Gimp bracelet

Using this technique is very popular among gimp bracelets makers. When you try to reproduce a cobra-like knot, you need to tie two strands around the other two strands back and forth. There is also a super cobra technique to make the bracelets larger when the strands bonded around the cobra.

cobra twist gimp bracelets

The Chinese staircase Gimp bracelet

Making a gimp bracelet in the Chinese staircase style is much easier. Just tie one strand around another and go knotting to the end. The size of the bracelet depends on the number of strands you use.

the Chinese staircase gimp bracelets

The butterfly stitch Gimp bracelet

Indeed, such gimp bracelets look like a butterfly. The technique looks as follows: put one loop strand through another, and pull the last loop. This ''butterfly bracelet'' is so popular for its harmonious look.

the butterfly gimp bracelets

Gimp bracelets with chains

While gimp bracelets by themselves may look somehow aimed for children only, there is a way out of how to turn them into a full-fledged accessory. Use other chains or charms and reinforce the usual look of a gimp bracelet. Here you can choose your favorite weaving technique, knit the bracelet in half, and then attach a chain or whatever you wish. With such a bracelet, you can fully complement your outfit.

gimp bracelets with chains

Gimp bracelets special features

As a very colorful accessory, gimp bracelets give a special charm to their owners. Furthermore, making gimp bracelets is attractive and useful for children to develop fine motor skills and for adults to improve creativity. Similar to woven bracelets, they may be considered friendship bracelets for those who like to express their personality exceptionally.


Gimp bracelets are a special type of accessory. They are available for everyone as you can make them by yourself. The variety of weaving the gimp bracelet is huge, so creating the accessory in your way will be a great pleasure. 



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