Star Beaded Bracelet

I was shopping with my family over the weekend, and fell in love with a simple beaded bracelet in American Eagle.  I turned it over, and upon seeing a $16 price tag, I immediately put it back, went home, and made my own.  Fortunately for the DIY-mamas like me out there – inspiration is free!

And you know what?  I like mine even better!  The bracelet I was looking at had a button closure, but for simplicity’s sake, I used a set of crimp tube ends for my bracelet.  It finishes with a cleaner look and that appeals to me, but certainly feel free to use a button or a knot if you prefer something more organic-looking.

Time: 30 minutes
What you’ll need:

  • Small diameter leather cord
  • Crimp beads
  • Large seed beads or other beads with large holes
  • A few “feature” beads to add interest.  I had 8 star beads leftover in 2 different sizes from another project.
  • Clasp/closure of your choice

I cut some 8″ strands of 1mm leather cord.  I went ahead and crimped one end… mostly to confirm how many strands would fit before I got to work. ;)  This is one of those adjustable crimp ends for necklaces, I just removed the extra links since it’s a bracelet.

I had to rule out some of the beads I was originally thinking I’d use, because the holes weren’t big enough.  So if you are buying beads, be sure they have large holes!  Fortunately my stars were big enough… or else I really would have caved and gone bead-shopping. ;)

I didn’t go with any real pattern, I wanted it to look random.  I added a crimp bead (don’t crimp it on really tightly, if you really muscle it on, you will likely cut into your leather.  You only need the crimp to be secure enough to keep your beads from sliding around, so that you can control the spacing).  Then I added anywhere between 1-4 beads, and another crimp bead.  Once I got a few added and was closer toward the center of the bracelet, I added the stars.  If I had more, I wouldn’t have worried about centering them, but this is what happens when you use up your stash.

I just did the same thing for all three strands – kept my spacing and number of beads random.  Then I double-checked the length against my wrist, trimmed down the ends to even lengths, and added the crimp closure to the other end.  This was a really simple bracelet to make and I love how summery it looks!

Some of you who read my jewelry posts have asked about just how big a stash I’m talking about to be able to make so many projects without having to buy a thing.  Er… sadly, it’s true.  I have an obscene amount of jewelry supplies… please don’t judge me…

This isn’t even counting my big bin with all my metal stamps, punches, and pliers, either – just the bead stuff.  I just love beads so much, and they’re not very big, I tend to pick up anything that looks pretty.  But hey – I’m doing a pretty good job at this stash-busting thing lately… the stores I frequent have probably thought something terrible has happened to me. ;)

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~ Adrianne

Comments

  1. Shannah says:

    So pretty!

  2. Danni Baird says:

    Adrienne that is adorable! Nice job! I learned the hard way about buying beads with big enough holes!!

  3. I LOVE this!! Stars have a special place in my heart. I don't have any star beads though. Your stash is impressive to say the least.:) My yarn stash is starting to look like that.ha.

  4. Heather says:

    Hi Adrienne – this looks like a project even I could do. Of course it would probably cost me $116 to make it after I bought all the supplies and tools as I've never done jewellery making before. But it does look like a fun and doable project.

  5. rebekahdawn says:

    I love this! One of these days, when I actually get around to attempting some jewelry, this is going to be on my list to try. Pinning.

  6. stlavonlady says:

    Beautiful bracelet!! You did an awesome job. I myself am trying to be more crafty. I love trying new things! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Thanks for the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop!!

    I am now following you through Linky. I would love it if you hopped on over to my blog and followed back. :)

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  7. Karen at Bargain-ista.com says:

    Oh that's darling! I love it :) Why pay $16 when you can make it yourself, you already have the stuff, and it comes out even cuter than the original???

  8. MrsFoxsSweets says:

    Love the bracelet! So cute!

  9. Twins Happen says:

    Good morning sister! I am a new follower stopping by from welcome wednesday. I know it's not good to be jealous, but I SO am. I wish, wish, wish I were crafty. The bracelet is beautiful. I can't wait to dig into your blog and see what other delightful things you have created. Who knows, maybe you will be the inspiration to kick my butt into creative gear ;)
    xoxo
    Andrea

  10. Terry says:

    LOL – I'm so happy to finally get a look at this fabulous stash. And what a stash it is, ha ha ha. Thanks for sharing. I don't think I've made a bracelet with leather before. I must add this to my list of wishes.

  11. Kimberly says:

    I love it!! I have some leather cording and the fastener crimp things, I think I need to go through my stash and see what else I have. This is too cute!

  12. Katherines Corner says:

    It's lovely, well done. xo

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  14. Maureen Hayes says:

    Adrienne,

    This is so beautiful, I wish you were selling it! I have no jewelry stash, so I fear I wouldn't know how to crimp or have tools to do it. I do however have a stash of other art supplies so I understand the feeling of worrying about being judged! LOL! I really enjoy your blog and the projects you come up with, thanks for the great posts.

  15. Karen says:

    What a pretty bracelet. As they say here in Australia 'Good on ya, for DIY too! You are so clever. God bless x

  16. Olah Momma! says:

    Oh I do 'stashing', only mostly in fabrics. I got a few with jewelries. And I do love that bracelet style!

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  17. Jean Davis says:

    Love it! Awesome!

  18. Rachel says:

    Very pretty! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

  19. Melanie says:

    Another great bracelet! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

  20. That is darling!! You make the cutest jewelry! Thanks so much for sharing this too at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

  21. Loooove your bracelet, girl! Great job! Way to avoid paying retail. :) Where did you get those star beads? I totally want to make one now. I'm so glad you shared this at Shine on Fridays!!

  22. That is really really cute. I love the leather cord.

  23. evas-body-by-vi says:

    This is a great idea and what inspiration! You are driven by the inspiration bunny! I'm not crafty but I certain enjoyed reading this post and will pass it on.
    Best regards,
    Eva

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