DIY ROPE BRACELET/Step 1 First, seal the tips of the cord by burning them with a lighter. This prevents the cord from fraying as you work. With a pair of flat nose pliers, squeeze one side of the S hook until it is completely closed. Do the same to the other side but leave just enough room for the cord to slip through. Thread 6 inches of cord through the closed side of the hook. Fold 3 inches of cord back on itself, creating a zig zag. Bend the last 2 inches of the cord over the zig zag.