Monday, August 12, 2013

How to - make all sorts of bracelets

Now is the time of year to start thinking of making bracelets again ready for summer.
Strangely, or maybe not so strangely, bracelets are not popular in the winter, probably because we're all bundled up with jumpers and coats - but summer is a great time for bare arms and arm adornments.

Here are a few tutorials that I have saved on some more unusual bracelets, not just your run-of-the-mill bead stringing that I might have a go at one day - or for you to try.

These wrapped cord or leather bracelets have been very popular and you could use any sort of bead, in fact I have seen them made with bead stash beads.
Thanks to bead supplier Fusion Beads for this one.

wrapped bracelet from fusion beads

This one is a great use for old ties and I could see it working for other fabrics as well. You could even embellish the fabric more with beads, buttons, free embroidery etc.

necktie bracelet from Linda Eve's Blog

The next one is very simple - all you need is a wooden bangle, some paper and some glue!
You could also possibly use fabric or ribbon.
I found this on the blog Platinum Blonde Life where it was mentioned that it was originally created by Fashion is Spinach in Neet magazine which seems to be no longer available.

cute printed bangles

Here's a great one for recycling some of your old tshirts or off-cuts from other projects.
It does require fairly long strips of fabric though.

jersey knit bracelet by V and Co

Remember the old knitting needle bracelets that were popular a year or so ago?
Here is a variation on that - this time recycle your old toothbrushes!

toothbrush bangles from smilemonsters
So bracelets do not need to be "just beads" but can be made out of just about anything.
Have you made bracelets from unusual materials?

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