After recently cleaning out my jewelry collection, I was motivated to save a much neglected set of brass bangles by giving it a summer-inspired overhaul. And since there isn’t anything some colorful embroidery floss and gold charms can’t fix, this transformation was easily executed with supplies already laying around in my craft closet. You’ll need:a set of bangles a variety of embroidery flossa variety of charmsseveral 6mm and 7mm jump ringsE6000 gluea toothpick2 pairs of pliersscissors Start by applying a small amount of glue to the tip of a toothpick. Place the end of the embroidery floss on the glue and start wrapping tightly around the bangle. Once you’ve wrapped past the glued section, you don’t need to pay attention to wrapping so precisely. Continue wrapping until you’ve reached the end. Using two pairs of pliers, start attaching jump rings and charms. One down, more to go. Have fun with this . . . . . . the more charms and colors, the better! (images by HonestlyWTF)
woven banglesMarc by Marc Jacobs bangles(net-a-porter.com, $156) Are you as excited as I am that spring is here? When the weather gets warm and the flowers start blooming, I can't help but start wearing bright colors too. Supplies: Plastic lacing cordAn old bangle bracelet that you don't mind covering upHot glue gunScissors Instructions: Take four pieces of the plastic cord and attach them to the outside of the bangle with hot glue. Take a coordinating color of lacing cord and start wrapping it around the bangle. Keep wrapping, pushing the cords close together with your finger as you go. When the wrap goes all the way around the bangle, finish by cutting the cords and hot gluing the ends in place. Have fun playing around with colors and designs! More DIY projects How to make a glitter collarDIY starfish cuff braceletDIY peppermint lip balm
Tennis Bracelet Pattern - Free PatternA = Miyuki 11/0 seed bead B = 4mm crystal Start by waxing and stretching your thread, use Nymo D or C-Lon & a #11 or #12 beading needle. Tie in a “stopper” bead, leaving about an 8” tail and begin at step #1. *Fireline 4 or 6lb. crystal fishing line also works great for bead weaving. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Click here for more patternsDIY Wrap BraceletYou should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :* Lengths will vary depending on the size of your wrist (see comments for suggestions). Fold the length of leather cording in half to form a loop. Place the ball chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Continue wrapping while checking it for fit around the wrist. When you have reached the end of the ball chain wrap the linen cording around the leather strands 2-3 more times. Thread the hex nut through the strands and tie a second knot. Trim with scissors and your wrap bracelet is finished!! The materials are listed for a double wrap bracelet. It’s a party! (tutorial adapted from Ornamentea; top image via Jak & Jil, rest of image by Honestly…WTF)
Rhinestone Leather Wrap TutorialI'm really excited to share my latest tutorial for Ornamentea.com! The Rhinestone Leather Wrap is my design for December. This is a great versatile piece that can be worn multiple ways. Rhinestone Leather Wrap Erin Siegel Ingredients: Tools: Scissors Ruler Pen Chain nose pliers 1: Insert the leather lace into one fold over end and close with chain nose pliers. 2: Lay the leather lace on the ruler. 3: Use 1 jump ring to string 1 crystal dangle and attach it to one hole in the leather lace as shown. 4: Trim the leather lace ¾” from the end.How to Make a Chain Bracelet - Henry HappenedEvery couple of weeks I make a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and completely loose track of time. Usually because I’m standing in the jewelry aisle staring at the overwhelming array of options, trying to figure out the “right” thing to get. This has resulted in many a random purchase, and I’ve amassed a rather large collection of “wrong” items. You will need: Several layers of different chain. First, gather your various pieces of chain and lay them out. After you get them the same length, put a jump ring onto the ends of each piece of chain. Then add a jump ring to your toggle clasp but leave the ring open. Attach each of the individual jump rings to the toggle clasp jump ring and close the ring. Repeat on the other side with the circle closure, and you’re done. I love a project that doesn’t require me to search for 30 minutes in the jewelry section!
DIY Friendship NecklaceAs soon as Lauren and I saw this editorial in Flare Magazine, we knew we had to recreate these awesome, friendship bracelet-like necklaces. We promise they are super easy to make and the perfect way to pass the time during those long summer roadtrips. To make a 2-tone necklace, cut a long piece of rope and wrap two different colors of embroidery thread around its own bobbin. Tie a starter knot along with the two colored threads you are using, leaving at least 3 inches of slack, Tape down the slack to a flat surface or safety pin it something that will help keep it in place (feeling nostalgic yet?). To alternate colors, simply put the inactive color (red) in your left hand and the new active color (purple) in your right. Once you’re done knotting, add a few nuts and/or washers to the necklace.
DIY Macrame BraceletGrowing up by the beach in Southern California, the ability to knot a macrame bracelet was practically a right of passage. Although those days are long behind us, we’ve never forgotten the ever-so-simple square knot technique. This time, however, we’re replacing hemp and wooden beads for more updated elements like colorful nylon cord and glossy metal charms. Happy knotting! You’ll need: Start by cutting the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Pull tightly and slide the knot up to the top. Finish the 2nd half of the square knot by folding the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull tightly and repeat the steps – left, right, left, right . . . To finish the knots, thread one of the cords onto a needle and sew up the center of 3-4 knots along the backside. Repeat the same step on the other cord. After sewing up both knotting cords, trim away any excess.
Two Part Harmony BraceletI have another fun last-minute gift idea for you! I was browsing Pinterest last week and came across a great bracelet that led me to a shop I’d never heard of, Sundance. They have some fabulous jewelry! I fell in love with a little gem and knew that it would make a great homemade gift. It’s quick, easy, and you can customize it with any color you want! Sundance calls it the Two Part Harmony Bracelet – it’s a great blend of beads and leather. And here’s the Sundance version: Here’s what you’ll need to make your own: Assortment of pearls and beads (mine are seed beads and small pearls, as well as a large bead for the center and a silver charm for the back) Leather – about 14″ cording crimp beads 1 head pin jump rings toggle closure Cut a 12″ strand of cording. Flatten the crimp bead with flat nosed pliers. Begin threading beads and pearls onto the two strands. Add beads until the strands each measure almost 3″. Feed the cording strands back through several of the beads, then trim the ends.