Today’s project is a technique that once you try, you will want to do more of in lots of different variations. Wrap bracelets are really popular right now, and they are so much easier to make than they look. And best yet, you only need a few components to make your own one-of-a-kind DIY wrap bracelet!
- 1 mm Leather Cord (I used this Black Leather Cord)
- Bead Strands – About 24 inches total. (I used 4mm Czech Glass Beads. If you’re looking for beads with a bit of shine, look for AB (Aurora Borealis) in the description.)
- Coordinating Thread (regular sewing thread works fine!)
- Small Eye Needle
- Button (for your closure – you can go as plain or as fancy as you like!)
Cut about 18 inches of leather cord for every wrap layer you want to make. For three wraps, I used 54 inches of leather cord. Find the halfway point of your cord, and tie an overhand knot to make your loop closure. Be sure that your button fits snugly through the loop you tied – not too tight or too loose.
Thread your needle. You’ll want to double up your thread for strength. I generally work with about 3 feet at a time, but any length you’re comfortable with will work fine, because you will need to add length a few times as you work anyway.
Tie the thread onto one side of your cord. I work from left to right, personally, so I tie my thread onto the left cord, and all my directions will work from left to right. If the opposite works better for you, feel free to reverse your direction – it will still work fine!
You will be working in a figure 8 pattern. To add your first bead, pass your needle over the left cord, and thread on a bead. Pass the needle under the right cord. To secure the bead, you’ll work back toward the left – pass your needle up and over the right cord, through the bead, and under the left cord.
Just continue this motion. Each time you pass to the right, add a bead between your two cords. Each time you pass left, thread it back through the bead hole. Keep your thread taut as you work. Your beads should line right up, secured between the two cords.
At some point (or 2 or 3 points), you will run out of thread. When that happens, just trim it off, thread a new length of thread onto your needle, and tie the two ends together with an overhand knot. You can trim off the excess thread – and then continue on!
You can check your length periodically against your wrist. You will want a finished beaded length of approximately 20-22 inches for three wraps. The variance will depend on how large a button you are using for your closure (because the closure will add some length) and how large your wrist is.
When you like the length, stop adding beads and weave a few figure 8′s around the two cords. Tie an overhand knot to secure the end.
Add your button closure. If your button has 2 holes, you can thread one cord up from the bottom of the button, and back down through the other hole. (If you have 4 holes, do this with both cords.) Then, knot it underneath. I like to add a dot of glue to help secure it, but that’s totally optional.
I love the look of three wraps, but you could easily do more or fewer! I also like the look of small beads that have a little sparkle to them, but stone beads, seed beads, large beads – all will give you a different finished look. Once you try one DIY wrap bracelet – you will want to see what other DIY wrap bracelet looks you can create!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).