Easy to Make Mosquito Repellent Bracelet Tutorial | home gardening

Easy to Make Mosquito Repellent Bracelet Tutorial

Summer means backyard BBQs, fun in the sun, and beach parties, but no one wants to be slapping pesky insects when venturing into the great outdoors. You can wave bye-bye to bugs and look great doing it when you wear these fun insect repellent bracelets. Gather up some embroidery floss in bright colors, whip up a little peppermint oil insect repellent and you'll be on your way to some itch-free outdoor adventures this summer.

finished bracelet

Things You\’ll Need

  • Embroidery floss: 4 colors

  • Sharp scissors

  • Bead (optional)

  • Natural mosquito repellent (click here for recipe)

materials needed for bug repellent bracelet

Step 1

Cut four 36-inch pieces of embroidery thread in each color.

cut embroidery floss

Step 2

Group the threads together and fold the embroidery floss in half.

fold floss in half

Step 3

Create a loop by tying a knot one inch down from the fold. Place the loop on a hook or tape it to a board.

tie a knot

Step 4

Divide the threads into two symmetrical groups. You will have one group of each color on the left and one group of each color on the right.

separate colors into two groups

Step 5

Take the outside color from the right side (in this case the light orange) and cross it over to the left side, placing it on the inside of the left group of threads.

cross thread over from the right

Step 6

Take the outside color from the left side (light orange) and cross it over to the right side, placing it on the inside of the right group of threads.

cross thread over from the left

Step 7

Take the next outside color from the right side (in this case the yellow) and cross it over to the left side, placing it on the inside of the left group of threads.

cross thread over from the right

Step 8

Take the next outside color from the left side (yellow) and cross it over to the right side, placing it on the inside of the right group of threads.

cross thread over from the left

Step 9

Take the third outside color from the right side (in this case the blue) and cross it over to the left side, placing it on the inside of the left group of threads.

cross thread over from the right

Step 10

Take the third outside color from the left side (blue) and cross it over to the right side, placing it on the inside of the right group of threads.

cross thread over from the left

Step 11

Pull on the thread to tighten the design as you braid and continue to repeat steps 5 through 10 until the design is your desired length.

continue braiding tightened braid

Step 12

When your design is long enough to fit around your wrist (or ankle), tie a knot in the end to keep the braid together. You could also add a bead for a decorative element. Trim to your desired length leaving enough thread to tie when you attach it around your wrist.

knot the end

Step 13

Mix up some peppermint oil bug repellent. Pour some repellent into a small bowl and soak the bracelet for a few minutes.

soak bracelet soak bracelet

Step 14

Let the bracelet dry, tie it around your wrist or an ankle, and head to your next outdoor adventure itch-free. The whole family's gonna love these.

finished bracelets finished bracelet finished bracelet