If you caught my post yesterday about how to make a glitter wrap bracelet from plastic tubing, then you are expecting more glittery goodness today – and I’m here to deliver! Today’s bracelet is just as easy, and only takes a few supplies. I made mine up in sparkling gold glitter, but you can take this design wherever your imagination goes by adding other colors or tiny components. I got to thinking after making this one that this would be a really fascinating beach piece, by adding sand from your favorite vacation spot! (I still have extra plastic tubing – maybe I’ll try it myself!)
I made a few styles of bracelets that I’m sharing with you this week, because once I got going… who can quit, right? It’s glitter and glue – and mess-free when you wear it! A win on every front. :) I had quite a challenge finding all the right components, though, but now that I finally did, I will share with you exactly where you can shop to get the look – in case you see this idea, and start obsessing the way I did, haha! These links are affiliate links, which means if you do decide to jump in and make a purchase, then it supports my blog at no extra cost to you (and thank you, by the way!)
Pictured above are the components I used for a few different projects, but here’s what you’ll need to make today’s looped glitter bracelet from plastic tubing:
- 3/16″ OD Clear plastic tubing with a 1/32″ wall (sold in 10-foot lengths)
- Extra fine glitter
- Round gold clasp (available in other finishes, too)
- Jewelry glue – I used Super New Glue for this project, but I also tested out Gutermann glue and liked it a little bit better. Either will work.
- Funnel – you can use a tiny craft funnel, or just do what I did and roll up a scrap of paper and tape it shut
Cut a length of tubing 14.5 inches long – or if your wrist is larger, then 15 or 15.5 inches. 14.5 will make up a 7.5 inch bracelet which is a comfortable size for most women.
Fill the tube carefully with glitter through the funnel. (It’s okay if you giggle at the thought of a tiny glitter bong. I did.) Tape the other end closed, or plug it with your finger so that you don’t lose the glitter out the other end! You’ll be filling it all the way with two open ends, so just be careful as you add glitter. Holding your tube like a U-shape is probably the easiest way to accomplish this, so that you have both open ends in your hand and gravity can work for you as you fill the tube.
Now, I put a few glues to the test when making up these bracelet styles. The pros to Gutermann glue are that it’s got a pretty high viscosity. It’s gooey. So when you add it to your clasp, it won’t drip out and it helps hold the tubing in place while it dries – which is quickly. I also used Super New Glue on another piece to experiment, and found that if the tubing is a very snug fit in the end clasp, the Superglue-style liquid glue worked fine, but if there is any looseness at all, the Gutermann glue was a much better choice. I’d recommend Gutermann for this project, though you can get the other type to work too.
Add glue to the round clasp, and keeping the tube in that U-shape, glue the two open ends of your tube into the clasp, as shown above. Give it about 3o minutes to dry thoroughly.
To wear it, feed the looped end through the round clasp, and hook it around the clasp’s hook. It’s such a simple design – and it makes a big impact! I’ve made this same style bracelet with round leather cord in the past, and it’s really one of my favorite styles.
I’ll have another glittery idea for you tomorrow, with a new set of matching components, so come on back if you’re looking for ideas how to use up all 10 feet of your plastic tubing. I’ve got you covered!