How To Make A Colorful Safety Pin Bracelet

Multicolored bracelet created by Sweetiepie.
Multicolored bracelet created by Sweetiepie.

Have you ever considered making a bracelet with safety pins? I know that sounds really peculiar to some because safety pins are not usually an item people would include in a bracelet, but believe me, this can work very well. When I was little I made several bracelets with safety pins, and this is an easy and fun project for children. It is also an item that adults can enjoy too, but keep in mind more safety pins and beads will be needed for an adult sized wrist. To make this bracelet you will need:

  • safety pins
  • faceted multicolored beads
  • stretchy cord
  • scissors


Step One: Put The Beads On The Safety Pins.

Place the beads on the safety pins.
Place the beads on the safety pins.

For this bracelet decide if you want to use large or small safety pins, but in my experience I have learned the latter actually are more suitable.  Next, decide how many safety pins will be needed to go around your wrist because this will vary.  Once you have mapped out the course you can begin placing the multicolored faceted beads on each safety pin.  I was only able to fit three beads on each small safety pin, but this can vary based on the size of the beads.

Step Two: Arrange The Pattern

Arrange the pattern.
Arrange the pattern.

It is much easier to place the safety pins on the bracelet if you have created a pattern first. Also this allows you to measure the safety pins to make sure there are enough to go around the entire wrist.  My pattern was created by using a pattern of beads, and lying the safety pins top up, bottom up, top up, and bottom up, so you get the idea.

Step Three: Start Stringing The Necklace

The bracelet is half strung.
The bracelet is half strung.

Use the scissors to cut two strands of stretchy cord because one strand will go through each side of the safety pins.  Start stringing the beads once you have determined the strands are long enough to go around your wrist.

Step Four: Keep The Bracelet Straight While Stringing

Make sure the safety pins are being strung onto the bracelet correctly
Make sure the safety pins are being strung onto the bracelet correctly

It is crucial to make sure the safety pins are being strung onto the bracelet correctly because you do not want the cords to get twisted, or for one of the strings to go through the wrong hole.

Fold the bracelet in half and tie it together.
Fold the bracelet in half and tie it together.

Tie off the bracelet once all the safety pins have been added. To do this fold the bracelet in half and then tie both ends of the stretchy cord. Make sure the knots are good and tight before cutting off the excess string.

Step Five: Try On The Bracelet

Make sure the bracelet fits correctly.
Make sure the bracelet fits correctly.
Once the safety pins have been properly adjust the bracelet is ready to wear.
Once the safety pins have been properly adjust the bracelet is ready to wear.

Try on the bracelet to make sure it fits properly.  Adjust the safety pins and make sure the knots are secure on the bracelet.  Wear it for an hour or two just to make sure it will not fall apart later on when you wear it for an extended amount of time.  Once your bracelet is complete you are ready to wear it out and about.

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Lissie profile image

Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

What a cool idea - its kinda of a twist (pun intended) on the braclets we used to plait out of embrodiery thread


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Lissie,

I remember that some kids made those twist bracelets and called them "friendship bracelets" in junior high.


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Janet21 7 years ago from New York

These safety pin bracelets definitely brought back some childhood memories for me.  We also used them as friendship bracelets in JH.  We used to wear them in our sneakers. :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

That sounds like a cute idea for the bracelets with the sneakers. Thanks for sharing Janet.


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RVilleneuve 7 years ago from Michigan

love this, i plan to tackle w my 8 yr old!


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

I'm not into crafts but that's pretty darn clever.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

That is so clever and creative! :)


Nolimits Nana 7 years ago

What a cool idea! I'll have to show it to my granddaughter. You come up with the most interesting projects!


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judyann1984 7 years ago from Vearnal Utah

That is great work and very creative


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

I'm impressed by the simplicity. It's a great idea! I wonder if I can impress the girls by making them bracelets myself! :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

RVilleneuve,

I am sure you and your child will have fun making the safety pin bracelet.

Nolimits,

I am sure your grandchild will love the bracelet.

Pete,

Glad to hear that and I understand crafting is not everyone's cup of tea.

judyann,

Why thank you!

marcofratelli,

I am sure if you made your girlfriend a bracelet for her birthday she would love it.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sweetiepie, I've seen safety pin bracelets at a little shop where they sell crafts made by women in 3rd world countries. The ones I saw were only safety pins, no beads, but quite charming. Yours are cute.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Dolores,

Those sound like interesting bracelets also.


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

How cute (and pretty) they are. Nice Hub.


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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

Wat a simple yet unique idea! I am very much into jewellery making but I never thought of using safety pins in such a fun way. thanks for the idea SP :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the bracelet tutorial!


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SusanWesty 7 years ago from Australia

That's a unique idea for sure. My kids recently got into making those friendship bracelets, picked up a kit from a second hand store. That craze is over now, but I think I'll show them this. They'll love it! Thanks for the step by step instructions.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hope your kids enjoy this project Susan!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Oh la la, this sounds fun! I have trouble making any kind of bracelets?! Especially the strecthy ones. Gotta find the right kind of stretch that isn't like a rubber band. BTW, think you can make this for me? http://remoteimages.marymaxim.com/sites/us/product...


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Mayhmong, That is pretty, and it looks pretty simple too. Alls you would have to do is flare out the safety pins a little bit on the bottom, and it looks like they have something in the middle to help hold that shape. Try the stretch magic variety of stretchy cord because I think that one works pretty good.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

I say yes that I will do this, but.....um...I don't know. I have good intentions, but most don't come to fruition. However this endeavor is drawing me, I truly want to try this. Thanks for sharing this with us here at hubpages.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi FastFreta,

I swear the safety pin bracelet is very easy to make, and if you try it you will see what I mean :).


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Its beautiful! And the way you have described it easy to make too. You are indeed very creative! I love your jewelry making hubs.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for your nice comments Anamika :).


costume jewellery 6 years ago

I like this unique idea and also tried to make it at home but I was unable to make it at home ,,thus Ia used to buy it from costume jewellery..and now i am very happy to get it


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celeste inscribed 3 years ago

What a wonderful idea. I love making bracelets, especially one made of unusual items like slinky or book binding wire, voted beautiful.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think it is great when people make bracelets out of the most creative things. Besides, there will be stores that sell bracelets made out of most anything, so it is economical to make these yourself.

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