A MODERN ADULT-WORTHY UPDATE TO A CHILDHOOD CLASSIC
Have all of you fashionistas seen the lates from Mercedes Salazar? She has taken the ubiquitous friendship bracelet to the next chic level: turning it into a bangle to add to your stack of arm adornment favorites. It’s your old BFF – with a new adult twist! Inspired by this bracelet, this DIY Jewelry project adds a rhinestone (or two) to up the glam factor and some decorative bling.
• Thin metal bangle
• Friendship bracelet (one that is wide enough to go around your bangle)
• Dazzle-Tac jewelry glue (or craft glue with good adhesion to metal)
• Dead-soft jewelry wire
• Wire-cutting pliers
• Hand-sewing needle and thread
• Rhinestone(s) in setting
1. If you’re making your bracelet from scratch, you can always use a resource like Friendship-Bracelets.net to create a pattern. If you are purchasing your bracelets, you can find them online in bulk from sources like Oriental Trading, Etsy, and Ebay. I used some bracelets I had on hand, just making sure that they were wide enough to wrap around my bangle.
2. If you can’t find bangles that are open, you may have to cut the round bangle bracelets that you buy. Wire cutters usually will work, if you twist the metal back and forth to soften it at the cut. Then use force to curve both ends inwards so they won’t fall off your wrist.
3. Spread a thin line of glue down the center of the bangle.
4. Glue the friendship bracelet to the center of the bangle, holding for a few minutes until the glue has set.
5. With a needle and matching thread, sew both sides of the friendship bracelet together at the underside of the bangle.
Tip: Ideally your friendship bracelet would be wide enough so the ends touch; mine wasn’t, so the sewing is slightly visible.
6. Use scissors to cut the thread ends of the bracelet short enough to wrap around the ends of the metal bangle.
7. Wrap the threads around the metal firmly, covering any rough edges. Use jewelry wire to wrap around the threads, looping repeatedly and firmly.
8. Snip the end of the wire and weave it into the friendship bracelet so it won’t stick out and poke you.
9. Repeat for the other side of the bangle.
10. Use jewelry glue to attach rhinestones to the middle of the bangle, and allow to dry.
And that’s it! Pretty simple – and a much-needed update on the friendship bracelet!
A grouping of these would also be an awesome holiday gift for a fashion-forward person in your life. If you make your own version of this DIY Jewelry project, I’d love to see!
Happy Holidays and Happy DIY’ing!
Readers – Are you a fan of friendship bracelets? What do you think of this update?
All photos: Carly for we heart this
Carly is an avid DIY’er, budget-shopper, and crafter extraordinaire. Taking inspiration straight from the runways and current fashion trends, she shares step-by-step tutorials for making clothing, jewelry, and accessories on her blog Chic Steals (founded in 2008).