5 ways to make a bracelet

5 ways to make a bracelet
5 ways to make a bracelet

Do you like to wear trendy bracelets that give you style? Do you need an accessory for a night on the town? Want to make a great, very personalized birthday present for your boyfriend? No matter what you need, making personalized bracelets can be a fun and rewarding experience.


Method 1 of 5: Make a casual bracelet

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Step 1. Purchase the supplies

You can create a fun, colorful and casual bracelet by tying buttons together with fishing line. Shop for common two-hole buttons, varying in sizes and colors to suit your style. You will also need fishing line or elastic thread that you will double to make your bracelet stronger.

Step 2. Thread the buttons

Thread the buttons, passing the thread up through the right hole and down through the left hole. Pass all the buttons in this way until the bracelet is long enough.

To get the right length you can measure your wrist circumference beforehand or simply try on the bracelet as it progresses

Step 3. Finish the bracelet

Add the clasp of your choice and you're done! It is a bracelet that will go perfectly with your everyday outfits. It will give a little vitality to your outfits as well as an original and feminine touch.

Method 2 of 5: Make a classic bracelet

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Step 1. Choose your style

For a more classic look, you can create a bracelet that will be perfect for a cocktail party or a night out on the town. You can create a stylish and elegant look just by threading round beads on a thread. You will be able to recreate the "pearl bracelet" effect without having to pay a high price for it.

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Step 2. Buy the beads

Depending on your style and preferences, you can buy real pearls, imitation natural pearls or even metal pearls. They should be about the size of a pea.

  • The beads should be simple. Try not to use more than two colors and make sure to use colors that have similar hues. You can also use beads of slightly different sizes. Thread them randomly or almost, to give your bracelet a little uniqueness.
  • You can also insert very small beads between the larger beads. They will create a space between the main beads and give a different look to your bracelet, in addition to giving it more flexibility.

Step 3. Find yarn

Obtain fishing line or a strong line. You can also use an elastic thread if you prefer not to put a clasp on your bracelet. You will thread the beads there. You can also choose to thread your pearls on a ribbon which will allow you to close the bracelet by making a simple knot. This possibility will depend on the size of the pearls and especially on the size of the holes.

Measure your wrist and cut the desired length of thread to obtain a more or less loose effect. You can also find out the correct length of wire by measuring bracelets you already own. Remember to leave a little length at the ends of the bracelet to be able to attach the clasp if you want to put one or to tie the two ends of the threads if you do not want a clasp. You will cut off the excess thread afterwards

Step 4. Thread the beads on the wire of your choice and arrange them in the order that seems most harmonious to you

Attach the clasp of your choice by following the advice on the packaging. Cut the excess thread and it's done!

Method 3 of 5: Make a childish bracelet

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Step 1. Obtain the materials

You will need ribbons, plastic beads, straws, wrapping paper, glue, and scissors. Choose beads, paper and ribbons with details that match your style. Try to choose colors that work well and go with the personality of the child.

Step 2. Make the beads

You will create beads by covering the straw with the wrapping paper. Children can easily do this on their own if their age allows it. For a child these beads will be much less expensive and dangerous than glass beads.

  • Start by cutting small isosceles triangles of paper: 2.5cm for the short side and 3.8cm for the long side will be good measurements. Apply glue to the back of the paper and wrap it around the straw. Create the bead by cutting the section of straw covered with paper.

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Step 3. Form the bracelet

Alternate the "straw" beads and the plastic beads then tie the ribbon to close the bracelet. It's over ! This is a perfect project for kids to express their creativity and practice hand and eye coordination as well as other skill exercises.

Method 4 of 5: Make bracelets for men

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Step 1. Be sober

Men tend to prefer understated things made from masculine materials. Use materials like leather and prefer metal, wood or glass beads to colored plastic beads. Avoid bright colors and ribbons. If, however, you know that your loved one will prefer something different, follow your instincts and make them a bracelet that they will like.

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Step 2. The leather braid

You can make a bracelet with a very simple style by just making a braid with leather. Start by purchasing leather straps in the color of your choice. You can even choose to mix multiple colors.

  • These straps must be of the same width. In order for the braid to be easy to achieve, they should not be too wide. Make sure the leather is durable. It should not be as thin as the one used for clothing.
  • It is not necessary to use real leather. If you are against using animal material, you can easily find faux leather to achieve the same effect.

Step 3. Braid the straps

You can choose to do a simple braid with the straps or do a more intricate braiding. Make a common braid or search in a book or on the internet for explanations to achieve a more complicated braiding. Try French sennit braiding or different Celtic knot techniques. Continue braiding until you get the length you want.

Step 4. Create the clasp

Finish by creating a toggle clasp by making a knot on one end of the bracelet and a loop with the other end. Make sure the knot is small enough to fit into the loop, but not too small, as it shouldn't be able to come out on its own. You can ensure the effectiveness of the clasp by adding a small strap at the knot. You can also close the bracelet by simply tying the two ends together. The bracelet is finished!

Method 5 of 5: Ideas and supplies

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Step 1. Come up with ideas

Before you start making the bracelets, think about what you want to achieve. You will be better prepared if you know what you want to do. In this way, you will not waste time or material to end up with a result that you do not really like. By preparing properly, you will be able to achieve a more successful rendering.

  • Take a look at the bracelets you already own. Look at the bracelets that have been bought or made from you. You can recreate them or take ideas from observing certain aspects of the bracelets that you already have and enjoy. Maybe you like a particular type of beads, clasps, or colors. Take a look at your bracelet collection, maybe you are missing a particular type of bracelet. If you notice that your collection is incomplete, for example if you don't have casual bracelets to wear on a daily basis, see what you can do to fill that void.
  • Observe other people's bracelets. You can get ideas by looking at other people's bracelets. If for example your best friend has a bracelet that you adore, try to replicate the aspects of that bracelet that you like in order to create the look you want. You can also take inspiration from fashion magazines and celebrities.
  • Go to costume jewelry stores. To get a more precise idea of ​​what you want to achieve, do not hesitate to stroll in stores specializing in jewelry, such as Claire or in the jewelry departments of department stores such as Galleries Lafayette for example. In such stores, the choice of jewelry is so wide that it will allow you to have more ideas while remaining in the trends of the seasons.
  • Surf the internet. You can find many ideas on the internet for your creative workshops. Websites like Pinterest can help you collect ideas as well as invent new ones from lists that other people have created. You can focus your search only on images of bracelets or search by style, color or material. The Internet is very useful because it often provides both ideas and instructions.
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Step 2. Gather the necessary supplies

You are going to need materials to make your bracelets. You can buy simple and inexpensive equipment or more elaborate and expensive supplies. Choose according to your personal preferences and needs. You can find these supplies in many stores.

  • Creative hobby stores. You can find a wide variety of supplies at hobby stores. If you have a bead shop near you, you will find everything you need to make bracelets there. There are many options to choose from, and a team can advise you on what supplies you will need and what techniques to use. Hobby shops often have classes and other crafts. Find out about the activities in which you can participate or give your email address to receive store news.
  • Thrift stores and vintage boutiques. You can buy old items and breathe new life into them by "recycling" them to create a brand new bracelet with a vintage feel. Try stores like Emmaus or vintage boutiques and clearance stores in your area. You can use old earrings to make charms (decorative elements to attach to the laptop, for example) or reuse beads from old necklaces or bracelets. Recycling materials in this way is part of an ecological approach which in addition to reducing waste has the advantage of being very economical.
  • Local markets and artisans. Try to go to the markets to observe the creations of the local artisans. You might find bead makers there who do a fabulous job perfectly suited to your project. You can also discover local artisans by going to art shops near your home or by surfing the internet. By purchasing the creations of these artisans, you will support your local economy and the artistic and craft culture of your region.
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Step 3. Buy the clasp

Whatever type of bracelet you want to create, the clasps often look the same: it is above all your preference that will determine its shape. Go to a hobby or bead store and buy the clasp you prefer. However, keep in mind how you will attach your bracelet to the clasp to make sure it matches your project.

  • Simple clasps, such as toggle clasps or lobster clasps, will probably be the most suitable if you want to be able to put on and take off the bracelet quickly or if you want a more artistic look.
  • In recent years lobster claw clasps tend to be the most popular for jewelry making. They are the easiest to use and their great security will prevent you from losing the bracelet.
  • Screw-type clasps are often found on children's jewelry because they are strong and secure and require less coordination and dexterity than other types of clasps. However, they are more suitable for necklaces than bracelets.
  • The tie knot. Another option is to use the thread itself as a clasp, leaving enough lengths at both ends of the bracelet to be able to close it with a simple knot. To do this, create your bracelet on ribbon or another material such as raffia or a thick string. For this type of closure, it is necessary to use a thicker or wider thread, as a thin thread will tend to easily break or come undone.

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