Nettle bracelets? Ouch – wouldn’t they sting? Fortunately, not! This is a really simple way to make natural bracelets that are actually pretty indestructible. Nettle fibres are tough but flexible so perfect for weaving into a bracelet.
Grab some gloves and set out on a mini-adventure to tackle some nettles. By the end of the day you’ll all have matching family bracelets.
- Wearing gloves, pick nettles when they’re quite tall in late Spring/early Summer.
- Run your hand (still with gloves!) up and down the stalk to remove the leaves
- You should be ok to take your gloves off now.
- Rest the nettle on a hard surface such as a large stone, stick or tree trunk. Using a smaller stone, gently bash the nettle stalk to soften it.
- Split the stem lengthwise and open it out. Peel back the woody pith from the middle, leaving the floppy outer fibres.
- Tie a knot in the top and either twist the fibres or split them into three chords and plait them. Tie a knot at the bottom and ta-da! Your bracelet is ready to be worn.
- These bracelets work brilliantly as wild friendship bracelets.
It’s not often known that nettles are amazing things! They’re great for wildlife and are full of vitamins A, C, D so very healthy for humans too. Use nettles for making soup, tea, plant food and even making beer! Find out more in this great article on the Gardener’s World website.