This is a fun, whimsical bracelet that is super easy to make! You can whip one up in less than 30 minutes!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these fun bracelets:
- mini 1/2-inch wood spools (I used these)
- 12mm wood beads (I used these)
- ribbon (your choice of colors – I used 1/4-inch wide ribbon)
- jewelry making elastic (I used this)
- your favorite craft glue (I like this one or this one)
The bracelets are super easy to make. To figure out the size of bracelet you need, measure around your wrist and then add about 2-inches. For my bracelet, my wrist measures 6-inches so I used 6 each of the spools and beads. When laid out straight, it measured about 8-inches. Just add or subtract spools and beads to get the size you need.
To make the bracelet, cut small pieces of ribbon to fit around the spools. I think the pieces I cut were around an inch or so. I chose white grosgrain and gray stitched ribbon. Glue the ribbon onto the spools.
Cut 2 pieces of the jewelry elastic at least 12-inches long, longer if your bracelet is larger. You want to make sure you have enough elastic to string your spools and beads without them falling off and to easily tie it off. I used 2 strands of the elastic to make the bracelet stronger. Give the elastic a good stretch before stringing the spools and beads.
String the spools and beads alternately onto the elastic – I used a large-eyed needle to make it easier. When you’ve added as many as you need, tie the ends of the elastic into a knot, making sure to tie it as tightly and close to the spool/bead as possible. I tied it 4 times, trimmed the ends, and then added a tiny drop of glue on the knot.
And that’s all there is to it! Here’s my finished bracelet…
I left the spools and beads natural – I wanted a neutral bracelet that would go with almost anything. But the possibilities are endless. You can use any color of ribbon. You can paint or stain the spools and beads. You can wrap embroidery floss around the spools to mimic thread. Or don’t wrap the spools at all and just paint or stain them. You can even add a charm or 2 like I did in the very last photo. 🙂
These cute bracelets would make a fun little gift for Mother’s Day!
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