July 25, 2011

DIY Fashion:Chunky Bangle Bracelet

I’ve decided to take it upon myself to deem 2011 the “year of the bracelet” not the pie. Bracelets are less damaging on the hips than Granny’s good ol’ apple pie anyways. In case you’ve been living under a rock bracelets are every where; stacked, thin, chunky, colorful, they are e-v-e-r-y where! The other day I happen to be in a department store shopping for shoes and while zipping through the jewelry department some pretty aqua green and gold bangles caught my eye. As most “DIYourselvers” {has Mr. Merriam-Webster acknowledged that word yet?} do, I quickly analyzed the jewelry and instantly brainstormed how to make one of these bad boys myself.


Chunky bangle {I found mine at Michael’s}
2 different colored but complimentary embroidery threads {ya know the kind you used for your friendship bracelets!}
Gold 1mm elastic cord
Glue Gun   

To get started, you’ll want to cut a few strands of your bangle’s primary colored embroidery thread. The length of the thread is not important as long as you cut all of them the same length and the amount you need to cut will vary depending on how chunky your bracelet is.  My thread measured out to about 24 inches each and it took me about 1 whole spool of thread {27 yards} to cover my whole bangle. Now take two pieces of thread and combine them by tying a knot at the end. Do this until you have paired off all of your thread. Take the knotted end of one these pairs and adhere it to the inside of your bangle with a little hot glue. Then start to firmly wrap the thread around the bangle. You’ll want the thread to lay tightly right next to each other. Continue until you have wrapped the whole bangle in thread; adhering with glue inside the bangle here and there {never glue on the outside of the bangle, this will ruin the appearance}. 

Now that the bangle is completely covered, it is time to add your second color of thread. I took the end of my light teal spool of thread adhered it to the inside of the bangle with my glue gun and then started to wrap. I wrapped the thread twice at each spot along the bracelet. This part is less time consuming cause you’ll want to space your secondary color out about an inch each twist as you wrap along the bangle. I also wrapped this thread at a diagonal as I went along to give it more flair. Once you have gone all around the bracelet with your second color you can cut the thread and adhere the end to the inside of the bracelet with a tiny amount of hot glue.

Time for your final step! Now take your gold elastic cord and repeat the steps you just completed with your second color wrapping the gold tightly next to it.  Remember just like in the previous step you’ll want to wrap twice, move over about an inch, and wrap twice again; continue until you have gone around the whole bracelet. Cut and adhere the end of the gold elastic to the inside of the bracelet once you have reached a full circle.

Isn’t she a beauty? She’s a spitting image of the bangles I saw at the department store and a lot less expensive.

{Thin Gold Bangles a real steal for $1.99 at Forever 21}

There are a ton of ways you can customize your own jewelry.  You can get fancy and crisscross the gold cord around the bracelet. Or why not fully wrap the bangle in multiple colors instead of just one?
I also like the idea of stacking your bangles with other bracelets like the gold ones pictured above. Either way, I think we can all agree bangles are an easy and fun way to dress up your summer look!

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Youaretalkingtoomuch.com said...

So pretty! My daughter would love this! Fond you through Homemaker on a dime! Good job! Love, Me

Just Jaime said...

Pretty! Great knock off!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

I LOVE this! turned out so so cute!! awesome project :)

Regina said...

That's pretty awesome! Great job! :)

Regina of Live Delightfully♥

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the colors!

Truthwithin said...

Really pretty! This could revamp an old dated bracelet into something modern and stylish. Love the colours you went for!

Melissa said...

great tip Jennifer!! You're dishing them out faster than I can try them all at home. This one is definetely going on the list :)

Tammy said...

This turned out really pretty! Thanks for sharing!

sherri lynn said...

Wow this is amazing! I totally thought you bought it when I saw the first picture! I just pinned this because hopefully I will make this on a day I'm feeling crafty! Thanks for posting :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am visiting via Today's Creative Blog.

This is a fantastic project! Thank you for sharing.

Happy Tuesday!

jess | 4th + south said...

Great work! It looks so good.. Might have to be my next DIY!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

www.StarHughes.com said...

SO pretty!!! What a great idea - and you did a great job with the tutorial too! Thanks for sharing!!

Jami said...

Hi Jen!
What a great looking bracelet! I should spend more time crafting beautiful jewelry instead of eating pie!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Tuesday To Do Party!

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

OMG! I love this! So pretty - the color combination is just awesome (and I love how it goes with your blog design)! And I just love that it used embroidery floss that I already have! LOVE it! : )

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love, love, love this! You incorporated my favorite colors too! Looks great! I'm visiting from Me and My Boys! I'd love for you to share this with my {re}create into something new blog party too at http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-3.html

Hope to see you at my place soon!
Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Thanks for linking up to my party!
Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

Ashley said...

how pretty!!! and the pictures look great:) ahhh girl I LOVE IT

Barbara said...

This is so pretty, I love it.

Molly Hammond said...



Screaming Sardine said...

Gorgeous! I've wrapped some bracelets in yarn and ribbon, but I really like the look of using embroidery thread. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. :)

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! I featured you today, come check it out! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/08/your-whims-wednesday-20-and-features.html

gold bracelets said...

Very pretty!!I love this bracelet. I could use a gold bangle.?

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This is an excellent post.You wrote very informative and helpful tips..very Creative lovely thanks

WFG Women said...

I really appreciate it.What a great looking bracelet!Thank you very much for sharing.

gemologist certification said...

This bracelet much more resembles like a charms bracelet.The combination of crystals with pearls makes it a unique piece.

kitblu said...

I'm thinking of variegated cotton crochet yarn with accent threads in 2 solid colours from the main one.. I love this idea - thanks for sharing.

Adina Smith said...

OMG what a pretty Bangle bracelets. This is my first time to this site but my friend has told me about your work and you are very very good!

grace crawford said...

Love the post! I’m not very crafty so I’ll ask my sister if she’ll make me one ;)
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