DIY Pandora-Inspired Bracelet

I’ve always liked the looks of the Pandora bracelets, but the price is just outrageous to me.  I came across the Mix & Mingle line while shopping at consumercrafts.com (if you didn’t catch my post yesterday – I had a LOT of fun browsing their jewelry-making supplies and posted another awesome bracelet project).  I decided to try my hand at a knockoff piece.  It was the fastest bracelet I have ever made – it took less than five minutes.  Here’s how my little bangle turned out!
Pandora Inspired Bracelet
This is a bracelet that anyone can make.  If I thought I actually had any manly-man-type readers, I would tell them, impress the woman in your life by making her a charm bracelet like this one because it is seriously SO easy!  But, I think given my readership… you ladies will be making these for yourselves. ;)
I used a couple types of beads, the Mix & Mingle and some plain metal spacer beads.  I opted for the twist-end cuff to put them on (but there is a more traditional snake chain bracelet available too). I chose the small cuff because I have small wrists, and it was *just* big enough.  I’d recommend the 2.75″ size for adults, and the 2.25″ size for kids.
To assemble your bangle, just unscrew one end of the cuff.
And arrange your beads as you like.  I decided not to use all the beads, and leave some space for them to move around along the cuff.  When you’re happy with how it looks, you just screw the end cap back on.
And that’s it!  If you wanted to change it up anytime, you could buy a couple different color or theme mixes, and mix and match to suit your style for the day.
I’ve worn it several times now, and my initial worry was that the end cap might come loose, but it hasn’t at all.  It was on a whim that I picked these supplies up, and I’m so happy I did – it’s been a really fun little bracelet!

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Comments

  1. Sarah says

    Adrianne! Seriously! You should be a jewellery designer. I love this one too! I wish I lived close enough to a store that actually sold this stuff, I would totally be making these as Christmas gifts. It's perfect!

  2. Fifi says

    This is so lovely Adrianne!! I love pandora too but I don't want to pay the $ for it. I'm a big cheap-o.

    I will definitely have to try making one of these.

  3. Camille says

    I love that the colored beads all come together in a packet! That makes it so much easier!

  4. tumbleweed-contessa says

    Of course! I priced out a Pandora of my choosing and laughed myself out of the store. I am getting on top of this project soon. Good Christmas present too. Thanks for sharing on Freedom Fridays!

  5. Rebecca D. Dillon says

    I have those exact same beads! I got them from A.C. Moore. I added mine to my Pandora bracelet!

  6. Sandra says

    The mix and mingle series of beads are also available at Wal-mart. They are about $5 a packet at my Wal-mart.

  7. Tracy says

    I love this! I found the beads at Wal-Mart for $5.00, so they were 97 cents cheaper than consumer crafts, but $4.00 cheaper than Joann online. I bought the type bracelet that you have above, but when I put the beads on it fit awkwardly (maybe I have oddly shaped wrists!), at any rate, love the beads. The other type bracelet was out of stock except for an 8″ length, so I ordered online this morning from consumer crafts. Hopefully this bracelet will work out. If so, I know what I'm making for Christmas gifts this year! I had never seen these before. Thanks so much for the great idea!

  8. Lindsay says

    Really love this bracelet! You are so talented :) Thanks for sharing your awesome-ness at Artsy Corner! :) Hope to see you again this week!!

  9. Wanda Bowen says

    Made my mother-in-law a necklace with the snake chain in that line. Everyone thinks it is Pandora. All my supplies came from Wal-Mart; however I love Consumer Crafts and order from them alot!

  10. Messy Roost says

    I love this. I have never tried jewelry and I think I could so something like this. Very pretty. Rhonda

  11. says

    What a perfect idea for Christmas gifts! And it seem easy enough to make, just hope I can find some lovely beads

  12. Alice says

    Hi Adrianne, I once again caught your page and this time these stuffs are something different. It’s truly a Happy and simply Happy DIY. These ones look great and ultra stylish. No doubt they are durable too…

  13. Linda says

    I love this so much. I have a Pandora bracelet that my daughter actually bought me last year for christmas, but the charms are so expensive I rarely buy them. (face it who has that much EXTRA money lying around?) I so want to make a couple of these in different colors to go with different outfits, and I am sure now that it can be done at a fraction of the cost. I had absolutely no idea that this was even available. I love that I will be able to proudly wear a bracelet that I myself have made.

  14. kim says

    Thank u so much for this information! I’ve been really wanting a Pandora bracelet but it’s just not in my budget. I’m so excited to go to Wal Mart tomorrow and get a couple packs and make a few bracelts in different colors! I’ll call them my Kimdora bracelets…lol. :-)

  15. Jenn says

    Awesome! Thank you! I love that you showed exactly what you used, instead of just the finished project and telling us it was easy. I wouldn’t have believed it that way. :) But seeing all the supplies made something click in my brain. I think I could actually do that! Thanks, girl! :)

  16. Zakiyyah Tanzil says

    Yes I love PandoBeadvracelets I made several I found the actual love bracelet that the real Pandora charms are on @ a Bead show & bought all of them

  17. Desiree says

    I just found your post after making two of these bracelets myself as I’m now searching for missing parts. I love them & they look almost as good as my Pandora’s for MUCH less!!

    Problem is, I lost one of the end caps & cannot find any place online to get just the end caps. I guess I’ll need to buy another bracelet. Also, I’m considering getting a sterling bracelet since these are only silver plate and are starting to turn.

    VERY disappointed that I can’t buy the end caps.

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