The Steps to Making Adorable DIY Bracelets

Do It Yourself (DIY) bracelets are a unique way of expressing style that is as individual as the person wearing it. Not only are they an inexpensive way to showcase creativity, but DIY bracelets are quick and easy to make. Many DIY bracelets can be created in under an hour with the right materials.


In addition to fast fashion, DIY bracelets have been known to foster and cultivate friendships. They signify time well spent as well as a dedication to meaningful relationships. Friendship bracelets can validate a special bond that isn't easily created elsewhere. When someone takes the time to make a bracelet by hand, it can be much more personal than a gift store-bought gift. Anybody can purchase a piece of jewelry, but only a best friend understands the meaning behind it.


Whether you are creating a friendship bracelet or a singular bracelet, DIY bracelets are affordable, artistic and as attractive as the mind of its owner.


What Are DIY Bracelets?

A DIY bracelet can be made in many different forms. Whether you're interested in beads, rope, metal, cord or leather, bracelets made by hand can be stylized in almost any material. For a decorative but simple look, wrap bracelets are made with multiple colors woven together in a tiny, looping pattern. Chain bracelets are another style of DIY bracelet that involves looping metal together, but there is no braiding involved. 


Depending on what type of hands-on project is right for you, bracelet styles may differ by age and experience. Some people are naturals when it comes to using pliers for detailed jewelry. Others excel at looping string in small knots of twine. DIY bracelets can be made at any stage of growth.


One of the most popular homemade bracelets is the friendship bracelet. This bracelet is as fashionable as it is symbolic.


What Will I Need to Make a Friendship DIY Bracelet?

Making a friendship bracelet does not have to be expensive. Like different types of friends, DIY bracelets can also vary. Since these bracelets are not complicated and do not require any knowledge of knitting or crocheting, this is a particularly popular bracelet.


The 3 Materials Needed

  1. Floss or a thin type of yarn. There are many different
    types of floss, but for this type of bracelet, embroidery material is important. Both embroidery floss and yarn have a variety of colors to choose from.
  2. Safety pins. There is no need for specialized safety pins. Any regular safety pin can be used to make a friendship bracelet.
  3. Scissors. Extra sharp scissors are not needed for this type of DIY bracelet.

As you can see, the materials do not have to be expensive. These three staples will provide the basic structure for a friendship bracelet.


How Do I Make a Friendship DIY Bracelet?

Measure the yarn or floss from your shoulder to your fingertips. This may seem quite long for a bracelet, but when braiding each strand together, the length may change. This also allows room for any mistakes along the way.


Generally speaking, six strands are best for a friendship DIY bracelet. Six strands will leave a detailed pattern without becoming too complicated to braid. Alternating colors can change the pattern and fashion of the bracelet. Depending on what you and your friend like, a bracelet can have two alternating colors or several.


By creating an overhand knot at the end of the yarn, the following braid will be held in place. After three inches of regular braiding, tie another overhand knot.
For the main portion of this friendship bracelet, you will take the first strand and pass it over the second. Then make a tiny knot over the second strand. This particular pattern of creating braided knots is the standard friendship DIY bracelet design. Regardless of how many knots you make, tying them in a smaller size will create a daintier design.


What Will I Need to Make a Wrap Bracelet?

Wrap bracelets are one of the most trendy DIY bracelets to wear. For a unique style with several bracelets stacked together, a wrap bracelet is easy to make. There are only a few things needed to create a wrap bracelet. While most of these materials can be found at home, some may require a trip to the craft store.


The 5 Materials Needed:

  1. A silver ball chain. This type of chain usually comes on a spool. The metal balls are small and connect together in a tight, well-woven fashion.
  2. Silver ball clasps. Sterling silver ball clasps are usually small with tiny metal loops on both sides.
  3. Tape. Scotch tape is fine to use. There is no need to buy specialized tape.
  4. Scissors. Kitchen scissors or any other type of non-sewing scissors are fine to use for chain bracelets.
  5. Embroidery floss and thin yarn. Embroidery floss can come in a number of different colors and is manufactured specifically for embroidery. Thin yarn is much softer and slightly thicker than embroidery floss.

How Do I Make a Wrap DIY Bracelet?

First, use one color of embroidery floss and one color of thin yarn. Cut the piece of yarn one and a half times the length of the ball chain. When using embroidery floss, it's normal to need one full spool depending on your chosen length.


By pairing the chain next to the yarn, you can now tie the embroidery floss around both the chain and yarn. This is where the wrapping comes from. Wrap the embroidery floss in between the silver balls. This can be wrapped as thick or thin as you like. By wrapping each section approximately 3 times, you will get a reasonably thick style.


Additional Styles for Wrap Bracelets

In addition to using embroidery floss and thin yarn, leather can also be incorporated into the bracelet for a more intricate look. Using three lengths of leather, knot the top of each length together by tying them to the top of the chain. Loop the leather into knots that enclose around each silver ball.


To do this, first take the pair of leather strings and create a “4” shape. The bottom will then be placed underneath the chain. Then bring the pair of strings back through the loop and pull. This type of wrap can form a spiral, giving it a deeper sense of unique style.


What Will I Need to Make a Chain Bracelet?

Chain bracelets do not require braiding. Instead, they are a simple and classic style that can be paired with any fashion.


The 4 Materials Needed:

  1. Chain. There are a variety of different chains available for chain bracelets. Cable chains are commonly used because of their oval shaped links made of wire. In addition to this style, there are also similar chains like flat or drawn cables.
  2. 1 clasp. Clasps are widely used when making jewelry because of the way they easily open and close a bracelet.
  3. 2 jump rings. A jump ring is made of wire and has two un-welded edges that are left open. This can be manipulated for closure.
  4. Round and chain nose pliers. Chain nose pliers can be used for multiple different projects when making jewelry. These pliers are able to open and close jump rings. Round nose pliers are able to bend and shape loops.

How Do I Make a Chain DIY Bracelet?

First, use the chain and round nose pliers to pry open the edge of the jump ring. Instead of trying to pull the ends out, try twisting them. When the jump ring is open, carefully attach it to the end of the chain. Repeat the same process to the other end of the chain. This should look like a link.


Because of the size of the jump rings, it's easier to hook the necessary metals together when using a large chain; but all chain bracelets do not have to look alike. An alternative to wearing one large chain bracelet is wearing several medium-sized chains to create an interesting layered effect. To band the layers together, you can use different types of chain. Some combinations often used together consist of light or dark silver strands of chain. Some people like to mix gold into the bracelet for a multi-toned look.


However you choose to create your chain DIY bracelet, this type of style works well for a bold and sophisticated look.



For over twenty years, people have been creating and wearing DIY bracelets. It's a way to show how much you care for others as well as yourself. DIY bracelets celebrate individual expression in an artistic and fashionable way. Natural and organic materials often used in these bracelets among different communities include hemp, organic beads, twine and wood. With so many materials available, the options for new and diverse bracelets are endless. They are used in different cultures all over the world.


There are many different types of DIY bracelets, but no two bracelets will ever look identical. Because of personal preference, style, and inspiration, each bracelet is as unique as the person who made it.

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October 29, 2019 — Halie Heindel