40+ Crafty Bracelets & Bangles

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Here are over three dozen different ways you can make bracelets using all kinds of crafty materials and supplies (such as scraps of fabric, leather, decorative trim, beads, repurposed items). Various methods are used (all with free tutorials and instructions) so there should be something here for everyone. If you’re interested in making beaded wire jewelry, I have that free project sheet here. Have fun!

mondocherry.blogspot.com

mondocherry.blogspot.com

Ribbon Covered Bangles: Super easy project covering wooden craft bangles by knotting & wrapping a strand of decorative ribbon.

Ribbon & Bead Braid: Make a bracelet or necklace with this technique using a few yards of ribbon and a couple dozen gold beads.

henryhappened.com

henryhappened.com

sewcraftcreate.com

sewcraftcreate.com

Rope: Strips of fabric are sewn and braided to make a cuff, then crafty bling added for embellishment.

Fabric: Fabric strips with a tattered edge are wrapped and glued around thick cotton cord, ends glued together.

maryjanesandgaloshes.com

maryjanesandgaloshes.com

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

Friendship: Learn how to make these childhood favorites that are made from strands of embroidery floss braided together.

Leather Bow: Just a few supplies needed to make this project, a piece of leather, super glue, thread and a snap button.

ohthelovelythings.blogspot.com

ohthelovelythings.blogspot.com

pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com

pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com

Braided: Strip of fabric or leather shoe lace is braided around a second strip of fabric or leather shoe lace, knotted at ends.

Beaded: Beads are strung through stretchy jewelry cord, ends tied in a knot and secured with a dab of glue.

whimsy-girl.blogspot.com

whimsy-girl.blogspot.com

knittingnotebook.blogspot.com

knittingnotebook.blogspot.com

Purple Bubbles Knit: Seed beads are strung on DMC cotton then knit together, toggle clasp at ends.

Fabric Braided: Strips of fabric are sewn into casings, cord run through each, then braided together. Lobster clasps attached on ends.

howjoyful.com

howjoyful.com

suzyssitcom.com

suzyssitcom.com

Popsicle Stick: Popsicle sticks are soaked overnight in water then curved inside a glass to dry. Decorate with paint & beads.

Upcycled Leather Jewelry: Three different bracelet designs made with leather recycled from an old purse or jacket.

atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

etsy.com

etsy.com

DIY Sailor’s Knot: Twine is wrapped and woven around a can to make the bracelet, ends woven together to finish.

Calypso St. Barth Knock Off: A couple yards of ribbon and small link gold chain are braided together, jewelry clasp closure attached on ends.

henryhappened.com

henryhappened.com

southernscraps.blogspot.com

southernscraps.blogspot.com

Faux-Leather Cuff: An aluminum cuff blank is covered with felt, fake leather from a belt and embellished with silver plated chain.

Ruffle Cuff: Sheer fabric is ruffled then sewn onto a base fabric then glued around a bracelet cuff (inside finished with ribbon).

kristamaurer.com

kristamaurer.com

kristamaurer.com

kristamaurer.com

No-Knit Cable: Easy Peasy! A strip is cut from an old sweater, folded then sewn together to form a bracelet.

Handmade Crocheted: Made with two different colored crochet threads and a button. Three different pattern sizes available (Small, Medium & Large).

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

countryliving.com

countryliving.com

Shrinky Dink: Free vintage images included to print onto inkjet printable Shrinky Dinks sheets (via pdf downloads).

Black & White Photos: Photos are glued onto a thick piece of cardboard then sealed with packing tape, jump rings attached and then connected to each other.

thehowtogal.blogspot.com

thehowtogal.blogspot.com

suaviloquy.blogspot.com

suaviloquy.blogspot.com

Buttons: Clever idea, links are connected by jump rings threaded through two buttons (one on each side).

Buttons & Elastic: A quick and easy project sewing assorted buttons onto a strip of elastic (ends sewn together).

lillyella.blogspot.com

lillyella.blogspot.com

creativekismet.com

creativekismet.com

Gypsy Button: Reminiscent of a charm bracelet, this is made with shank buttons and jump rings.

Beads & Buttons: You can make with chain or a charm-style bracelet, attach buttons & beads with jump rings.

obstinatepursuit.blogspot.com

obstinatepursuit.blogspot.com

elizabethabernathy.com

elizabethabernathy.com

Square Knot Macrame: A clipboard is used to hold a length of cord in place while it’s made, finished off with a bead on the end.

Pop Tabs: Save your pop tabs for this crafty project, ribbon, string or elastic is used to hold them together.

lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com

lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com

ohsocrafty.blogspot.com

ohsocrafty.blogspot.com

Lanvin Inspired: Ribbon & Pearls: Satin or grosgrain ribbon, faux-pearl beads and thread are all that’s needed for this project.

Textured String: Plastic bangles are covered with string (one end glued inside of bangle before wrapping thread).

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

greeneyed.com

greeneyed.com

Beaded: Seed beads are strung on six strand embroidery thread and then crocheted, jewelry clasp attached on ends.

Utility Cord Bangle: Made with a few rows of crochet chains (made with utility cord) and metal chain (optional).

greeneyed.com

greeneyed.com

fashion.onblog.at

fashion.onblog.at

Recycled From Plastic Bottles: The plastic is wrapped in duct tape first then cut and covered with fabric and other decorative embellishments.

Jelly Cuffs: Made with dollar store jelly headbands and can be embellished with ribbons, decorative trims, buttons and jewelry clasps.

michlinla.com

michlinla.com

ispydiy.com

ispydiy.com

Chain & Rhinestone: Made with gold and silver chain, rhinestone, black suede rope and a bracelet closure.

Woven Leather Watch Band: Strips of faux leather (in different colors) are woven together to make this lovely band.

stel-blogs.blogspot.com

stel-blogs.blogspot.com

onepearlbutton.com

onepearlbutton.com

Paper Covered: A wooden bangle blank is covered with bits of pretty paper, Mod Podge and a decoupage sealant (optional).

Fabric Yo-Yo: Small fabric yo-yo’s are stitched together and a button sewn in the center of each.

zakkalife.blogspot.com

zakkalife.blogspot.com

cluckclucksew.com

cluckclucksew.com

Fabric Watch Band: A snapped fabric band with sweet ruffle for embellishment.

Beaded Watchbands: Supplies needed are a wristwatch, bead-and-jewelry cord, assorted beads, jump rings and head pins.

bhg.com

bhg.com

lovelyindeed.com

lovelyindeed.com

Leather Triple-Wrap: Strips of leather are cut then wrapped with embroidery floss in assorted colors, hook & eye closure at ends.

Jersey Knit: Learn how to weave (with your fingers!) three strips of jersey knit into this fun fashion accessory.

vanessachristenson.com

vanessachristenson.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Leather Cuff Bracelets: Made with decorative leather, tooling leather, glue, edging solution and a cuff bracelet clasp.

Braided Leather String: A length of leather string is knotted at one end then braided using a board with nails to hold string in place while braiding.

erleperle.typepad.com

erleperle.typepad.com

rings-things.com

rings-things.com

Wrapped Leather How-To: Supplies needed: leather cord (both 1.5mm and 2mm will work), gemstones, glass, crystals or pearl beads, sturdy thread and a button or bead for the clasp.

Knitted Bangles: Made with a plastic bangle or an empty cardboard tape roll.

sheeptoshawl.com

sheeptoshawl.com

veryberryhandmade.co.uk

veryberryhandmade.co.uk

Lacey Crochet: A skein of DMC Cotton, popper/press stud and a coordinating button are all that’s needed to make this lacey treat.

Charm: Made with assorted coins, tokens or metal discs, chain link and split rings.

whatiwore.tumblr.com

whatiwore.tumblr.com

happyhourprojects.com

happyhourprojects.com

Mixed Media: A strip of leather, metal rings, rivets, a short strand of chain and glass pearls.

Spiral Peyote How-To: This beading technique can be used to make assorted pieces (necklaces, bracelets, etc.).

inspirationalbeading.blogspot.ca

inspirationalbeading.blogspot.ca

lebenslustiger.com

lebenslustiger.com

Trompe L-Oeil: Gold and copper pens are used to transfer design, finish with a coat of acrylic varnish.

Braided Suede: Strands of suede cord, pearls, charms, a lobster lock and jump rings or extender chain.

marrylallwrite.com

marrylallwrite.com

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Published: July 20, 2011
Updated: January 5, 2013

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6 Comments to “40+ Crafty Bracelets & Bangles”
  1. Irene Farnsworth says:

    Love this site,you have the cutest crafts, keep up the good work,really look forward to them….

  2. Suzy Myers says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my popsicle bracelets! I am very honored to have my project included with such a great group!!

    suzy

  3. Lolly Jane says:

    thanks for the shout out. so many awesome ideas! (:

  4. Stephanie @ henry happened says:

    Whoa, what a great list for bracelet lovers like myself!! Thanks so much for featuring my work!

  5. Ellie says:

    I was wondering how wide the stripe of suede were that you used. Do you suppose ultra suede would work?

    Your work is awesome!!! Thank you for your time.

    Ellie

  6. Ariyike ottun says:

    I just started learning how to make some crafts. Am very happy, would finally be able to show my creativity


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