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How to Make Bracelets: 10 Easy Tutorials

Updated on June 17, 2013
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Some of my simplest jewelry designs are my best sellers.
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Whether you are an experienced jewelry maker simply looking for a quick project or you are novice searching for an approachable project, this article is for you. All of these bracelets are easy, simple designs that will come together in just a few hours or less. Almost all of the materials required for these tutorials are readily available at most craft stores.

Unless it is indicated otherwise, all of these tutorials are for personal use only. If you are interested in selling your bracelets, please contact the artists directly to obtain permission before proceeding. Thank you and happy crafting!


Mod Podge Bangles

This blog post has detailed supply lists and step by step photos and directions for all three of these bangles. Your only challenge will be deciding which one you want to create first. These bangles are a great way to use up small scraps of paper and fabric.

A tutorial on pasting paper to a wooden bangle


Industrial Chic Bracelets

Would you ever guess from looking at that photo alone that these bracelets are made from recycled soda cans? Use old scissors to cut your can, taking care not to cut yourself on the sharp edges. You can customize this look any way you like with different sized pieces of metal and different numbers of bands.


Chunky Shimmer Bangles

Alisa cut up one of those plastic foam can holders for her bangle forms. Genius! Not only are they inexpensive and light weight, but they stretch a little. Go crazy with stamping and painting and then add some paint beads at the end to finish off your bangle.


Shrinky Dinks Woven Bracelets

Jenny uses Shrinky Dinks more often than anyone else I know. The process of creating the woven panels here is a little time consuming but not difficult. Simple jump rings and chains will finish off the piece. It is very easy to adjust this bracelet up or down in length by adding or decreasing the number of squares.


Braided Bead Bracelets

It doesn't get much more simple than a bracelet that only requires three materials. Who knew that weaving beads into a waxed linen cord braid could have such a neat aesthetic? For those of you who enjoy layering your bracelets, you can create a whole stack of these little beauties in no time to decorate your whole wrist.


Sweater Bangles

This is a great way to repurpose an old sweater. If you don't have one on hand that you want to cut up, look for one the next time you hit a thrift store. Even an old ugly sweater has a lot of potential as a bangle as long as there are some neat colors and/or patterns. This bangle does require a minimal amount of sewing, which you can complete by hand or on a sewing machine.


Chevron Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets invoke a certain childhood nostalgia for many of us. There are lots of great friendship bracelet patterns out there, but the chevron is a classic and comes together pretty easily.

This is part of a great friendship bracelet tutorial series by BeyondBracelets.


Recycled Pringles Can Bangles

This isn't a full tutorial; it's just a fun idea. If you buy Pringles, you can save one of the cans and cut it up into bangle sized pieces to decorate. Of course there are numerous possibilities for decorating these bangles. As you've seen with some of the other recycled tutorials here, it doesn't take much to completely transform the original blank bangle.


Charm Bracelets

Mortira has a great collection of charm bracelet tutorials on her blog. Most charm bracelet designs do involve some type of wire work. In addition to using store bought charms, there are a lot fun options for making your own charms. You can make them out of beads, clay, plastic, and more.


Inkodye Summer Bangles

This design is so whimsical and fun. I love the script "carpe diem" paired with the red, but of course you can change up the color, wording, and script as you like. Inkodye is a little hard to find, but you can purchase it directly from the web site that has this tutorial. Click on the red square at the top of the post for product information.

Some of the Best Bead Stores in the Midwest

Caravan Beads Chicago:
3339 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

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Bead in Hand: Oak Park, IL:
145 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA

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Beadniks: Chicago, IL Location:
1937 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, pixierose!

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      Sandra Rose 

      5 years ago from London

      Lots of ideas here, lovely hub :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, lemonkerdz! Have fun. :)

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      7 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      Love the sweater bangles!! Will be having a go at those! Thanks a lot.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Simone! I agree about the braided beaded bracelets. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, so many fun ideas here! You've introduced me to a bunch of styles I had never even noticed before. I especially love the braided beaded bracelets. They're so pretty!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Paige! Same here. Sometimes it's fun to explore a completely new medium and style like that.

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      Paige Ronchetti 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Voted this up! I'm especially stoked to see the industrial bracelets because that would be SO different for me. Excellent ideas!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Terrye, there's never enough time for crafting, is there? I try to limit the types of projects that I make, but writing crafty articles has given me so many new ideas that I want to try.

      unknown spy, fun!

      Thanks so much, Julie! That means a lot to me. I appreciate the pin.

      snowdrops, thanks!

      Kelley, that's great. :)

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      8 years ago

      Hi Randomcreative I really like the sweater bracelet idea. Now I know what I can do with my old sweaters! Thanks! Kelley

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      8 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Very inspiring! Wow great hub!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      8 years ago from Clinton CT

      I get so excited when I see your hubs. They are bursts of inspiration. Voted up and Pinning!

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Nice one! Love this hub. I used to make bracelets for me and my sister. We used colored nylons, beads, and any other materials we love.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My pleasure! I wish I had time to do all the wonderful crafts you write about. I think I've bookmarked almost all of your hubs. :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Terrye!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! You have such great ideas, as always! :) Voted up and more!!!


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