DIY Bangles- 6 Projects

Do It Yourself Bangles

Do It Yourself Bangles

Learn how to make six different bangles with the instructions and materials lists below.  All of them are easy and quick to put together and many of them can be made with materials you probably already have, like nail polish, scrap material, a hot glue gun and random jewelry findings. Customize the colors and styles as you wish OR purchase the exact supplies to make bracelets just like the ones pictured.  Check out all of our DIY bracelet findings here.

Painted Bangle, designed by: Kelly Henderson

Painted Bangle

Nail Polish Painted Bangle

Materials:

Raw Brass Square Bangle Bracelet, 1″

A bottle of your favorite color nail polish, I used Sally Henson, “Hard as Nails,” Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet

Silver Plated Diamond Filigree, 26x45mm

A quick drying adhesive, I used Zap-a-Gap

Instructions:

Take your filigree finding and bend the the four corners in somewhat with your fingers until it is shaped to lay perfectly flat on the front of the bangle.  Set the finding aside.

Paint your bangle with several coats of nail polish.  You should let it dry between coats, but that only takes about five minutes.  Apply 3-4 coats. Allow to dry completely.

Set your bangle up on its side.  Apply a VERY small dot of Zap-a-Gap on each of the four corners of the filigree finding and gently lay it on top of the bangle, making sure that it’s straight and centered.  Allow to dry.

Flower Bangle, designed by: Susie Henderson

Flower Bangle

Raw Brass Bangle with Tierracast Flat Leather Flowers

Materials:

Raw Brass Domed Bangle Bracelet, 2″

The following 8 Tierracast flat leather flowers (they are sold by the piece so customize these colors to your taste if you wish):  .75 inch yellow, .75 inch cognac, .75 inch avocado, 1 inch purple, 1 inch fuchsia, 1.25 inch turquoise, 1.25 inch red and 1.25 inch yellow

Swarovski crystal flatbacks in crystal, a few 3mm and a few 5mm (you will need 1 for the center of each of the 8 flowers)

A quick drying adhesive such as Zap-a-Gap

Instructions:

Glue your flowers onto the bangle in the following order: 1.25 inch turquoise, .75 inch cognac, 1 inch fuchsia, 1.25 inch yellow, .75 inch avocado, 1 inch purple, 1.25 inch red, and .75 inch yellow.  Vary where on the bangle your glue them.

Glue a flatback into the center of each flower.  Vary the size of flatback you use.  Allow to dry.

Floral Fabric Covered Bangle, designed by: Shanna Steele

Floral Ribbon Bangle

Raw Brass Bangle Covered with Embroidered Ribbon

Materials:

Raw Brass Square Bangle Bracelet, 1″

1 foot of material, trim, or lace. While you will want your ribbon to be around 1 inch in width so it lays well on the bracelet, a stiffer ribbon (like the one shown) can be a little wider and stick off the bottom and top of the bracelet.    The embroidered ribbon shown varies from 1.25 inch in width to 1.75 inch in width and is available at Joann’s Fabrics.

11-12 inches of belting cord (also available at Joann’s) that is 1 inch wide.  Pictured is a brown color that matches well with the embroidered ribbon.

A hot glue gun

Scissors

Instructions:

Trim your belting cord to the exact length around the bangle. Glue your belting cord to the bangle using your hot glue gun.  Begin in the center of the front of the bangle (not on a corner) and go all the way around until you reach your starting point.

Trim your embroidered ribbon just a tad longer than your belting cord.  Again beginning in the center rather than a corner, glue your trim on top of the belting cord.  When you reach the starting point with the end of your ribbon, overlap where you began about a half of an inch. Allow to dry.

Message Bangle, designed by: Susie Henderson

Message Bangle

Brass Bangle with a Finding Affixed to It

Materials:

Raw Brass Square Bangle Bracelet, 1″

A finding of your choice.  It should be around 1 inch in height and around 1.5 inches in length.  Pictured is Silver Plated “Hope” Connector with Crystals, 15 x 46mm

A quick drying adhesive such as Zap-a-Gap

A nipper tool

Instructions:

Use your nipper tool to clip the rings off of your connector (or charm, or whatever you use;  obviously you can skip this step if your finding has no loops)

Glue your finding to the center of your bangle and allow to dry.

Cabachon Bangle, designed by: Shanna Steele

Cabochon Bangle

Cabachons Glued to a Raw Brass Bangle

Materials:

Raw Brass Square Bangle Bracelet, 1/2″

5x7mm Coral Mountain Jade Oval Cabochon (6 pieces)

13x18mm Green Aventurine Oval Cabochon (1 piece)

A quick drying adhesive such as Zap-a-Gap

Instructions:

Glue the cabochons on the front of the bracelet as pictured.  Be careful- you only need a small dab of glue on each piece.  Allow to dry.

Bangle Bound Bracelet, designed by: Karla Schafer

Click the image below to see the Materials List and Instructions to make the sixth bangle.

Bangle Bound Bracelet

Leather Wrapped Bangle

We hope you are inspired by these designs!  As usual, we would love to hear your comments and questions below.

 

Kelly Henderson

Kelly Henderson is a jewelry designer and editor of the Auntie's Beads blog. When she's not beading, you might find her chasing her one-year-old son, Sawyer, watching bad reality TV or reading a good book.

1 Comment

  • Reply June 13, 2014

    Shealia

    i love Brass Bangle with a Finding Affixed to It… so easy and fashion…

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