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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