Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Super Easy DIY Wrap Bracelet


So I've noticed that wrap bracelets have become really popular in the last few months. You can get them at a ton of stores and even big designers are creating wrap bracelets. But these designer ones can get really pricey, and all the ones in stores can are sometimes overpriced for what you get. While I love buying new jewelry, sometimes its kind of fun the create your own. I'm not claiming that this bracelet is going to be as adorable as some of the ones that you can find in stores, but I made its extremely inexpensive, only takes a couple minutes and will look great layered up with some of the other ones you might get when you're out shopping.

Things you will need are: Other than the scissors (which i already had) all the rest is from the dollar store! All dollar stores are different but you can usually find a pretty decent craft section, and these are pretty basic supplies. It only cost about $4 for all the supplies and i have enough to make a ton more bracelets if i want! If you can't find the things you need a dollar store near you, beads and string are generally fairly inexpensive at Walmart or any craft store.
So this is what i used:
3 pieces of string (pretty much any kind of string or cord would work, even embroidery thread would work! I used some waxed cord which i thought worked really well and helps the bracelet hold a bit of shape)
1 larger bead to create a sort of clasp
A few smaller beads to put throughout the bracelet. These can be all the same colour or as many different colours as you like (I used 12 but you can use more or less depending on how you want your bracelet to look)

How to make:
Step 1: Measure out three pieces of string. I wanted my bracelet to wrap around twice so i loosely wrapped it around my wrist twice and then added an inch or two to that and cut it. If you want your bracelet to wrap more than that, then just wrap it loosely around your wrist as many times as you want and then add a couple inches and cut. Make sure you have 3 pieces of string that are the same length.

Step 2: line the three string together and make a loop at the top big enough so that your large bead can fit through it when forced, but small enough that it can't just slide through on its on,  and than tie it. It should look something like this

Step 3: Once you have your loop complete and the knot tied you should have the three strings like above.You can trim off the extra strings hanging from the knot. Now all you have to do is start braiding them. If you don't know how to braid you can just youtube it and there are a ton of videos that can show you how! It should look like this

Step 4: Braid as much as you like until you think that its time to put on a bead. For me that was about 2 cm but it's really up to you. So once i braided a little bit i put on a bead. Always put a bead on one of the outside strings, because it looks a little weird when on the middle ones. So here is what it should be like

Then just cross the string over the top and continue with the braid. Like this:

Step 5: continue braiding and adding beads like this until you reach the end. You can either put the beads all on one side of the braid or put them on both sides either way it will look good, I put them on both sides in no particular pattern. 

Step 6: once you've braided with 2-3 inches left, tie up the ends so the braid doesn't fall out. You can tie it up anyway you want as long as it looks alright and won't fall out. Then string on your large bead and tie the ends so it won't fall off.

Step 7: wrap your bracelet around your arm and slide the large bead through the loop to secure it! There you have a super cute and easy homemade wrap bracelet! Here's how mine turned out!

Wear it alone or pile on some other bracelets for a more layered look! Hope you have fun making your own wrap bracelets!

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