The other day a certain department store had some really cute wrap bracelets on display. I wanted to buy one, but let’s just say it wasn’t in the budget. As I stared longingly at the bracelets (I know, I know, kind of pathetic), I had an epiphany. I thought, “Hey, I can make that!” And that’s exactly what I did. The project took about 20 minutes, and it was very inexpensive because I recycled some old accessories. I used suede cord from an old belt and a gold chain from a necklace that I no longer wore. If you don’t have accessories to recycle, you can buy suede cord, a simple necklace chain, charms and beads at any craft store. I’ve even found some of these supplies at Walmart. The best part is that you get to choose colors and charms that you like. It’s a custom bracelet for a fraction of the price! Don’t you love DIY projects?
Here’s what you need:
1. Suede cord that is long enough to wrap around your wrist several times when it is folded in half.
2. Gold chain
3. Charms (and jump rings)
4. Small pliers
Plus, choose two round beads to tie onto the end of the bracelet to finish it off. For this bracelet, I decided to use just two charms. I chose the tiger because it represents strength and the wing because it represents freedom. If you are making a set of friendship bracelets, pick charms that are meaningful to both of you. I know I always feel special when someone puts extra thought into a gift 🙂
To start off, use the small pliers to attach jump rings to the charms. If you don’t have pliers, you can use your fingers to attach the jump rings. I must warn you that while this method is effective, it is also rather painful (I have broken quite a few finger nails this way).
Fold the cord in half and tie a knot at one end to create a loop. The loop should just barely fit over the beads you plan on using to finish off the bracelet. Tie a second knot where you want to begin braiding in the gold chain. I like to center the braid in the bracelet, but you can begin the braid wherever you like 🙂
To attach the gold chain, place the clasp around one of the suede cords. Start braiding the gold chain with the suede cords. Try braiding with different tensions to discover if you like the look of a tight braid or a loose braid. After braiding one or two inches of the bracelet, string the first charm onto one of the suede cords.
Continue braiding the two suede cords with the gold chain. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist to get an idea of where you would like to place the second charm. I have found that it looks best when the charms don’t overlap. Once you figure out where you’d like to place the second charm, string it onto one of the suede cords.
Keep braiding until you reach the end of the gold chain. Then, tie the suede cords in a knot around the end of the chain.
To complete the bracelet, string a bead onto each cord and tie off the ends. To fasten the bracelet, simply pull the end beads through the top loop of the bracelet (as shown in the photo). If you want a more secure way to tie off the bracelet, you can make the top loop smaller or you can tie the beads in a knot around the loop.
And there you have it… an inexpensive and easy way to create a beautiful suede wrap bracelet. Now that you know how to make bracelets, the possibilities are endless…friendship bracelets, bridal party gifts, birthday gifts…let me know in the comments below what you come up with! I can’t wait to see your snazzy jewelry creations 🙂
Happy crafting everyone!