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DIY: 3 Fun, Summer-Friendly Bracelets to Make

Happy July, girls! We hope all of you are having a truly amazing summer and enjoying your break away from school. Summer is a great time to experiment with new fashion and fun DIYs, and we’ve found three summer bracelets you can totally make yourself. Whether you’re crafting to give as a gift or for yourself, get your friends together (or host some mom-and-me time!), turn some music on and see what you can create! It’s always fun to sport something you handcrafted on your own.

WOOD BANGLES

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Materials:

  • Wood bangles
  • Paint (at least two colors)
  • Wax
  • Sandpaper

Instructions:

  1. Paint your [wood bangles] with a base color and let dry, and then rub with wax. Don’t cover the entire piece with wax, just here and there and along the edges.
  2. Paint a top coat of paint [in a different color] and let dry.
  3. Sand your pieces to expose the paint underneath. Add more wax and more paint for more layers of color.

Source: CraftFoxes/Mark Montano

 

BEADED BLOOM CUFF

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Materials:

  • Multicolor cube glass beads
  • A roll of tiger tail wire

Instructions:

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1. The whole bracelet can be simply divided into 10 rows (see picture). First, take a section of tiger tail wire (the wire needed for the project may be really long so that you can also divide that into several parts). String 1 black cube glass bead, 8 blue cube glass beads and 1 black cube glass bead on the string; leave about 15cm space from the end.

2. Then, thread the wire from the top back to bottom. During this process, add another 5 cube glass beads (1 black, 4 blue). Then, thread the wire from bottom to top and continue adding beads as before. Repeat eight times.

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3. According to the diagram, we can see that from the No. h8 (the 8th bead in Row H), we may start to change some blue beads with other color beads.

4. In this project, because we use the tiger tail wire as the main string material, a clap is a must-have so that the bracelet is convenient to wear and take off. In the end, leave 15cm to 20cm to wrap the clasp onto the bracelet.

5. You’re finished, congrats!

Source: Vicky Hall

 

MERMAID CUFFS

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Materials:

  • Smooth-On Liquid Plastic #325
  • Coral silicone mold
  • Starfish silicone mold
  • Americana acrylic paints
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in gold
  • E6000 glue
  • Wood bangles
  • Pearls and pearl cabochons
  • Paintbrushes
  • Minwax Polycrylic
  • Transparent tape

Instructions:

  1. Mix 2 teaspoons each of the two parts of your Smooth-On #325. Pour it in your molds and let set for about 15 minutes. Remove from the molds while the pieces are flexible and tape them to the wood bangle. Let them harden for another hour. They will harden to the shape of the bangle, making your piece look polished.
  2. Remove the hardened pieces. Paint them with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics. Paint your wood bangles with Americana acrylics in a color of your choice. Coat the bangle with Minwax Polycrylic.

Source: CraftFoxes/Mark Montano

 

Girls, which cuff is your favorite? Have you ever made your own bracelet? What summer DIYs would you love to see on the site? Tell us all in the comments below!

Image: Mark Montano/Craftfoxes

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3 Comments

  1. larsonharry2

    Posted by larsonharry2 on August 8, 2016 at 07:12

    Very interesting article! I will definitely try a few of them

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  2. Lover of books76

    Posted by Lover of books76 on July 11, 2014 at 15:34

    My favorite are the mermaid bracelets

  3. NitaG20

    Posted by NitaG20 on July 10, 2014 at 18:24

    These are soo cute ! I’m definitely going to try all of them especially the wood bangles.