The basic three-stranded braid is simple to master and has a variety of uses, from straps to decorative trim, to jewelry and more. Whether you never picked up the technique, or you're a bit rusty, brushing up you braiding can give any craft project that requires braid a more consistent and professional look. Choose three strings of the same color or add interest by braiding three different colored strings.
Take three pieces of string of equal length and tie the three ends together tightly with a rubber band or another piece of string. Ensure that the pieces lie flat beside each other.
Anchor the tied ends to a piece of corkboard or heavy cardboard with a thumbtack.
Straighten the strings and remove any tangles so they lie flat and straight when you begin the braid.
Move the right piece of string over the middle string and place it between the left and middle pieces.
Take the left piece of string over what is now the middle string and place it between the pieces that are now in the middle and right positions.
Repeat the process of moving whichever string is on the right to the middle and whichever string is on the left to the middle until you have the desired length of braid. As you braid, keep the strings secure but not too tight. Keep the free ends from tangling throughout the braiding process because tangles lead to frustrating knots in the strings.
Tie the end off with an overhand knot or finish as desired.
Cut the pieces of string a few inches longer than your desired braid length, as you'll lose some length in the braiding process. The lost amount depends on the thickness of the strings.
Make a test braid with string that is the same thickness you use for your project. This is a good way to determine the amount of length you'll lose during the braiding process.
Use a safety pin to join the ends of the string. You can then use the safety pin to affix the string ends to your braiding surface.