40+ Crafty Bracelets & Bangles

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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Comments

    • Irene Farnsworth
    Reply

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

    • Suzy Myers
    Reply

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

    suzy

    • Lolly Jane
    Reply

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

    • Stephanie @ henry happened
    Reply

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

    • Ellie
    Reply

    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

    • Ariyike ottun
    Reply

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

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