How To Make A Fake Pearl Bracelet With Safety Pins

Do you enjoy the beauty of pearls without the price tag? Can I be honest? Even if I were a millionaire a hundred times over, I just do not understand the point of buying pearls. When I was younger I probably did not take the best care of my jewelry because I lost some really nice pieces. I know my mom is still upset about a pair of Indian corn earrings that I lost, but these were highly overpriced regarding the materials the baubles were made out of. Today I take much better care of my jewelry and I know this may sound weird, but I think it has something to do with the fact I am making a large part of it with my own hands. I never used to throw my jewelry off bridges or down stairs, just to let you know, but I was always mysteriously losing pendants or pending expensive chains because I fell on with these asleep. Yes, a fake pearl necklace or a fake pearl bracelet may look childish or costume like to some, but to be honest, that is my style. I like jewelry that is simple, easy to wear, and which I will not have to fret about if I end up breaking it or losing pieces. This fake pearl bracelet made with safety pins is ideal because it does not cost much to make, and you will not be heartbroken if it accidentally breaks and you lose a few pieces. However, it is of a very durable construction, so hopefully, it will last for quite a long time. The material needed for this project will consist of:

  • large safety pins
  • fake pearl beads
  • stretchy cord
  • scissors
  • a ruler

A fake pearl bracelet made with safety pins is the ideal alternative for ladies that do not like fussy and expensive jewelry.
A fake pearl bracelet made with safety pins is the ideal alternative for ladies that do not like fussy and expensive jewelry.

Step One: Place The Fake Pearls On The Safety Pins

Place the fake pearls on the safety pins.
Place the fake pearls on the safety pins.

Decide on the pattern you want to create and put these beads on the safety pins accordingly.  My pattern was not exact for this bracelet, but you can be more exact if you wish.

Step Two: Measure The Pattern

Measure the safety pins before stringing the bracelet.
Measure the safety pins before stringing the bracelet.

Use a ruler to measure the safety pins before stringing these on the bracelet.  My wrist is about eight inches around, so I made sure I had about nine inches worth of safety pins just to ensure my bracelet would not be too tight.  Make sure to measure and alter the pattern to the specifications of the person's wrist.

Step Three: Begin Stringing The Bracelet

Begin stringing on the safety pins.
Begin stringing on the safety pins.

Cut off two strands of stretchy cord that are at least as twice as long as the circumference of the person's wrist. My philosophy is it is always better to have an excess cord to tie off than not enough cording to make a knot. Tie both of the strands together and string on the first safety pin. The pattern will begin with the first safety pin face up, the next one face down, and then face up again. This pattern makes for an interesting bracelet and helps to distribute the weight evenly on both strands of stretchy cord.

Step Four: Keep The Safety Pins Straight

Make sure the safety pins are being placed on the stretchy cords correctly.
Make sure the safety pins are being placed on the stretchy cords correctly.
Do not be afraid to use your hands to make sure nothing is twisted on the bracelet.
Do not be afraid to use your hands to make sure nothing is twisted on the bracelet.

Make sure all of safety pins are being strung onto the necklace correctly.  The top cord should go through the hole of all the top safety pins, and the bottom cord should go through the hole all the bottom safety pins.  Also, make sure that the safety pins are securely shut so that they do not "snap" open at a later date, which could result in poking yourself or losing pins.  The ironic thing about safety pins is that these objects can be a little unsafe, especially when I accidentally poked myself while stringing on the beads.  Young children should be supervised when making this bracelet.

Step Five: Tie Together The Bracelet

Tie together both ends of the stretchy cord.
Tie together both ends of the stretchy cord.

Tie together both ends of the stretchy cord once all the safety pins have been added.  Cut off the excess string and try on the new bracelet.  I always wear mine for a couple of hours just to make sure it fits properly and is secure. 

Your New Fake Pearl Bracelet

The bracelet is now ready to wear.
The bracelet is now ready to wear.

Now your fake pearl bracelet is ready to wear or to be gifted to a friend.  Have fun making your own safety pin bracelets!

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Nice idea! My mother, like you, loved her crafts and she made very interesting and unique jewelry like this. My forte is photography but I appreciate and am amazed with this form of art as well.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Nancy,

I also love photography, but some of my pictures are good, and some of them just so-so. One thing that I do like about digital photography is taking my own pictures for my hubs and not using other peoples'. This pays off because now I get quite a few hits from google images each day. Glad to hear you mom also enjoyed jewelry making.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

I always enjoy seeing your new creations. When Mom was alive, she would design her own jewelry creations. She did crocheting and knitting too. I could never get into that type of craft but I do admire it. Keep up the good work and continue with your photography too. I call these talents “food for the soul.”

Don't get discouraged if some of your photos fail to come out the way you want. Many photographers experience that. In fact, most professionals feel highly achieved if they get one or two great shots out of 100.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the encouragement Nancy.


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Guardian1 7 years ago

It's always a pleasure seeing someone do something they love to do. The jewlery looks great and really fun to make. I'm always looking or projects to do with the kids. Thanks for the awesome hub.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Guardian,

I made my first safety pin bracelet in school, so I am sure your kids will enjoy making something like this too.


kmadden 7 years ago

This is a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks kmadden!


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

I remember seeing these a few years ago, with red, white and blue seed beads. Pretty neat.


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Kat07 7 years ago from Tampa

Cute!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks R Burow and Kat!


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Christine Tierney 7 years ago from Fernley, Nevada

What a great idea....I would love to do this with my 2 little grandaughters they LOVE playing with MiMi's beads...this will keep them busy!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this!

Christine


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Christine,

These are fun for kids and a great way to keep them engaged. Hope they have fun!


JennyAtla 7 years ago

hey that's cool....i might try it :D


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad to hear you like it Jenny.


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beadydani 7 years ago from London, England

I love this idea, I am going to make this bracelet for my nieces. Maybe one for myself too, that is if I don't end up making for my sisters as well. They can't seem to get enough of my creations. I could use plastic beads too.

Thanks so much for sharing this, you are such a talented lady.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

beadydani,

I even wear my bracelet to work sometimes. It is sort of eclectic, so people have fun asking me about it!


THAT'S COOL 6 years ago

THAT'S COOL


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

SweetiePie just catching up on another of your great creations, you really are an inspiration.

Great bracelet : Great Hub :-)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Agvulpes,

Thanks for the lovely comment.


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nikki1 6 years ago

Thanx for sharing. I love your jewelry.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your kind comments Nikki.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I've seen these before but never knew how to make them. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this tutorial lovelypaper!


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jguthrie1979 6 years ago from Bonita Springs, Florida

very creative hub!!! thanks!!


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Handmade-Crafts 6 years ago

Once again SweetiePie another great hub. Look forward to reading more.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

jgutherie,

Glad you enjoyed it :).

Handmade-Crafts,

I can tell from your screen name we both share a love for handmade things. Thanks for the nice comments on my hubs :).


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sweetie Pie You Rock I am blessed. This is similar to my style of cooking. Easy, simple instructions for a delightful masterpiece. I am thrilled to have landed here today. I inherited a gallon bucket full of beads, antique buttons, gemstones, rhinestones, pendants, broaches so on. I have divided the pieces by color and or stone and arranged in a large fishing tackle box. I now have a place to start. There are some amazing jewelry artists at hp. I found another, you. Big Hugs for sharing. I have bookmarked your hub.Please stop in for a visit. In 'His' Name. + + +


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

skye2day,

Thanks for sharing about your wonderful bucket of beads, that sounds delightful. I will also look at some of your hubs :).


kims3003 6 years ago

very well done with great instructions written in an easy to understand style. A+!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Kim!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great idea, Sweetie Pie. I'm with you on paying for expensive jewelry. I don't know if it's because I dabble in jewelry making or if I'm just cheap.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals,

I think when you make your own jewelry that you are capable of making things that are far more beautiful than the overpriced stuff. Just my opinion, but that is how I feel.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Inspirational, pretty, and not too hard to do. I have made something similar before, mine was a necklace with tiny colored beads. But, the very same methods to putting it together were used. I have been seriously thinking of making some more. I may just do it now, thank you again.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Fluffy,

I hope you write a hub about your own jewelry making efforts!


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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

really nice hub. I think it could be really nice gift for gf.


Ollornwi Peace 4 years ago

So nice an idea,Keep it up.I love it and would make mine soonest.The idea is strangely good.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Emily,

The safety pin bracelet has been around for along time. This article is simply about mine.

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