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Make a Chinese Staircase Friendship Bracelet out of Lanyard

Learn how to make a Chinese staircase friendship bracelet using lanyard from The Lanyard Ladies in this Howcast video.

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Hi, I'm Heide form The Lanyard Ladies, and today I'm going to show you how to make Chinese Staircase out of lanyard. So the materials that you'll need today, you can use a clipboard to help you, if it will make things easier, or you can hold it in your hand to make it. You're going to need five colors, approximately 30 inches in length you're going to cut. It's going to look like this when it's done, and you're going to make a key chain out of it. So you're going to need a ring, or even a little clip holder.

You take your five strings, and you're going to fold them in half. Today I'm going to be using a ring, take the ring, and you're going to put your strings through the ring, and you can tie a knot with them, all five strings, and you pull it through, make it really tight, and push all the lanyard down. And you start with any color that you want, and your first colors, I'm going to start with this light pink, you're going to make a D to start. This is the letter D, you're going to take the tail end of the D, you're going to put it around the back through the big loop of the D, hold all of your strings, you're going to pull to the top, and you're going to tighten.

And you're going to continue this pattern, you're going to make a D, the tail end goes around the back, through the big look, and you're going to pull to the top, and you're going to tighten. You're going to do about 10 stitches with each color, and you're going to change to the next color. And if you want to make it easier, if you have a clipboard, if it's hard to hold it, you can clip it onto your board, and continue making a D. You can make the D around the back, through the big loop, pull to the top, tighten one stitch under the next, around the back, and tighten. And you just keep making your Ds, pull to the top. And once you get down, you can go as far down as you want before you change your color, I like to do about 10 stitches, and it's going to twist as you are making it. Just keep making Ds around the back, and pull. And when you're ready to change the color, lay that color back into the pile, pull out your next color, I'm going to take out the blue, hold them all down, and start making Ds with the blue.

The D is around the back, through the big loop, pull to the top, and tighten. The more colors you use, the thicker the key chain will become. This is a sample of using less strings, and it's thinner. This one's five strings, so it's a little bit thicker. And that, keep changing the color as you go, keep making the Ds, around the back, through the big loop, and tighten. And you can do about 10 stitches, and change the color again. And now I'm going to put this back in. I'm going to show you one more time, take out the next color you're going to work with, and just start making Ds, pull to the top, and tighten. And you can keep changing the color as often as you like. And that's how you make a Chinese Staircase out of lanyard.

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