Create your own elegant bead bracelet for a fraction of the price of those name brand bracelets. This beautiful bracelet takes about 15 minutes to put together and costs a mere fraction of the price of a single charm bead.
I’m all for inexpensive crafts that don’t require the use of special (usually expensive!) tools or equipment. If you’re looking for a fun, relatively simple gift idea, this is perfect! There are several different types of beads, the eye of the bead is going to determine the size of the corn or beading wire that you choose. I prefer to use beads with a smaller eye circumference.
Jewelry Wire or Fishing Line (stretchy cord)
Beads in whatever colors you like, try to choose colors that compliment each other
Needle Nose Pliers or Jewelry Pliers (optional, but helpful when tying)
Cut the wire or fish line to the appropriate length needed depending on the size of the wrist of the intended recipient of the bracelet, leaving approximate 1 extra inch at the end for tying. This will be trimmed off at the end.
If you’re unsure of the correct wrist size, measure the circumference of your wrist with a fabric measuring tape or piece of string (then measure the length of the string with a regular ruler).
Once you have circumference of your wrist add the following adjustments to it to create the type of bracelet fit you prefer:
Bracelet Fit Chart
Please note that all measurements are approximate.
Add this amount to Wrist Size
Double the size of your wrist
1/4 to 1/2 inch (6.35 – 12.7 mm) larger
3/4 to 1 inch (19 – 25.4 mm) larger
1 1/4 inch (31.75 mm) larger
Alternatively, if you want to make the bracelet stretchy, you can use stretchy bead cord.
On a hard surface, create a pattern with the beads. Once you’ve decided on a pattern that you like, begin threading the beads onto the cord/wire/fishline, all the way to the end. Repeat the pattern until you’ve reached the end. Slip the other end of the clasp onto the end of the beads, tying it off securely. Cut any excess thread/wire/line.
Bulk beads can be found in the craft sections at big box stores such as Walmart, Target, Michaels or online at Amazon.com
Another simple gift idea. . . create a Wine Glass charm to help distinguish your drink from someone else’s at a gathering, simply make the bracelet with stretchy cord and wrap it twice on the bottom stem.
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