DIY Braided Charm Bracelet Tutorial

DIY Braided Charm Bracelet Tutorial

photos: kirsten for we heart this

Welcome to my July DIY of the month at we heart this! Inspired by the latest trend of friendship bracelets, this one lets you pick your three favorite colors to make a one-of-a-kind, custom Braided Charm Bracelet.

You’ll want to make several – some for yourself to stack on one arm – and some to give away to your friends. They’re so easy to make, you’ll probably find yourself making quite a few this summer season.

DIY Braided Charm Bracelet

DIY Braided Charm Bracelet Supplies:

Three skeins of embroidery thread
Sewing needle and thread
Jewelry clasp
Scissors
Jewelry pliers
Jump rings
Charms
Clear nailpolish, optional (not shown)

Green Tip: take charms from broken or old jewelry and repurpose them with this fun bracelet.

Instructions:

1) Measure your wrist, and multiply that by two. Cut nine strands of embroidery thread using this measurement, and tie them together.

2) Trim the ends if needed, and separate into three groups of three. Braid until you reach the length of your wrist plus a little extra.

3) Repeat with the two other colors. Group them together and tie together. Tie another knot where the braids end. Trim down if needed.

4) Using the jewelry pliers, attach jump rings to the strands of the bracelet. Then, attach charms. You can do this at random or set intervals – it’s up to you.

5) If you’d like the charms to stay in place, insert a jump ring straight through a braid.

6) When you’re done adding the charms, take some needle and thread and attach the jump ring to one end of the bracelet. Repeat with the other half of the clasp.

7) If you’d like, dab some clear nail polish on the knots for extra security.

And you’re done. I hope you enjoy customizing your own charm bracelets for wearing or gifting!

we heartsters – do you have an old piece or two of jewelery that’s perfect for this project? Meet me in the comments to talk crafts, charms and to ask any questions.

DIY Braided Charm Bracelet

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kirsten-nunez

Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com. In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion.
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27 thoughts on “DIY Braided Charm Bracelet Tutorial”

  1. kellie76

    This is another great project! I see it as a nice update to the old friendship bracelets I used to make. I haven’t made a bracelet for years. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. Love this. I could see even see modifying this for my younger daughter and her friends. Friendship bracelets will never go out of style and this one is way cuter than the ones I had growing up.

  3. lyssachelle

    This is VERY cute, I love it! I used to make friendship bracelets as a kid, but they were NOTHING like this! This is perfect for all that leftover thread that I have from failed craft projects….

    And the tip about the clear polish to secure the knots is genius. I’ll be using that on other things in the future, I know it! Thanks, @kirstengail!!

  4. lucylemonade

    This looks super cute. I think I have a few smaller necklace pendants that would look great on a bracelet like this. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. mandaleem

    So cute, simple, and perfectly on trend! I think I might need to take it to the next level and do some fancy braiding/weaving. It’s been forever, but it’s such a fun summer evening activity!

  6. mandabear

    this is really cute :) friendship bracelets are so trendy right now and I think the most authentic way to own them is to make them yourself or get one from….a friend! haha.

  7. Affordable, creative, unique gift for my girlfriend? I think yes. I always prefer making her things if I can only because it’s much more personal (don’t have an issue spending money on her as she deserves it). I’ll be trying this tomorrow after I awkwardly walk through ac Moore finding supplies.

  8. I really like this idea! So cute! So when you tie the knots at the end of each braid, do you tie them individually or wait and tie them all together?

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