Weddings are stressful. There are about a million details to work out from flowers to clothing to wedding favors. When engrossed in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, however, it is essential not to forget to get gifts for your wedding party. They have spent money and time (depending on your wedding, sometimes, quite a bit of both!) in order to honor you by standing by your side when you wed the love of your life. They deserve a heartfelt gift! And what could be better suited for the occasion than something you made yourself? Below, find a brand new bracelet project you can make for groomsman, ushers, or any other guys involved in your wedding (or girls if it suits their style!). This project is so fast to put together, it’s great for the procrastinator (takes one to know one, right? Guilty!).
Rugged Licorice Leather Bracelet Project
A perfect gift for your groomsman and extremely easy to make. Skip step 2 if you want a more simple bracelet without a spacer.
- Cut an 8 inch piece of licorice leather using The Little Cut Tool.
- Find the center of your licorice leather and apply a dot of Zap-a-Gap. Slide your spacer onto the dab of glue and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Be careful, a dab is truly all you need with this adhesive and if you use too much, it will overflow out the sides of the spacer and discolor the leather.
- Add a dot of glue to the inside of one half of your clasp. Slide the end of the leather into it and allow a few minutes for it to dry. Repeat on the other side to add the other half of the clasp.
- 8 inches of Licorice Leather. Pictured is black and brown.
- Zap-a-Gap quick drying adhesive
- A licorice leather clasp. Pictured is the Antique Brass Flap Clasp and the Antique Silver Magnet Clasp.
- The Little Cut Tool
- A Licorice Leather Spacer Bead (optional). Pictured is the Antique Brass Skull Spacer.
Beaded Gift Ideas for your Bridesmaids
I have picked out 3 projects that would make perfect gifts for bridesmaids or any women involved in the wedding. I chose one beginner (and very quick) design, one intermediate and one advanced, so no matter your beading skill-level, one of these will work for you!
Beginner: So-Stackable Bracelet Project
This is a very quick but very cute little bracelet you can put together for all the women in your wedding. Consider making 2 or 3 for each person so that they can wear them layered on their wrist. You can change up the colors of the leather to match your wedding color scheme or just choose the recipient’s favorite shades! This is a perfect gift for a more non-traditional type of wedding.
Intermediate: Feeling Lucky Wire Bracelet Project
Handmade, clover-style jewelry connectors and a one-of-a-kind handmade clasp make this bracelet very special. If the colors shown don’t work for you, simply select a wire color and five coin beads that suit your taste (you don’t necessarily have to use lampwork as shown). You could match the beads to your bridesmaids dresses so they can all wear them in your wedding. Or, you could choose your beads based on the recipient’s favorite colors. This project requires some knowledge of wire working, but don’t shy away from it if you are new because we have a great instructional video that shows how to make the clasp.
Advanced: Regal Ruby Earrings Project
Line a Swarovski crystal round and bicone with seed beads to really dress them up! Just as above, you can change up the colors to suit the tastes of the recipient, or you can make them to match their bridesmaids dresses so they can wear them in the wedding ceremony. Some of you may not consider this project “advanced.” It is fairly simply thread-work but I have to admit, I consider anything that requires me to thread a needle to be “advanced”!
So have you ever beaded for a wedding? Was it your own or someone else’s? I would love to see photos of any bridal jewelry making endeavors y’all have embarked on!