Make Your Own: DIY Bracelet

by Amy Azzarito

It’s been a bit of a jewelry month for us – we have the $500 Catbird giveaway and we’ve been delving into the history of gems and stones. I have to confess that both Grace and I have a pretty big jewelry weakness, and as Grace said on the radio last week, when it comes to design, jewelry designers have been killing it lately. (Spend some time on the Mociun tumbler site, and you’ll see what we’re talking about). But for those of us who don’t have the budget for the nonstop jewelry shopping of our dreams, we’ve been featuring some easy, entry-level jewelry projects. And who knows, maybe your jewelry-making hobby will turn into something a little larger? (A girl can dream, right?) This project comes from Erin Pruckno of Thanks, I Made It. Erin is a teacher in Washington, D.C., who, after crafting with her students during her first year on the job, was inspired to try her hand at a few projects of her own. Not only did her crafting become the perfect creative outlet, but it was also a way to get designer looks for less money and with more personality. Thanks, Erin!  –Amy

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See the full how-to after the jump!


  • 8 inches of 6mm cord (I went with leather bolo cord in white, but faux is also available from various Etsy vendors)
  • Embroidery thread
  • 5, 1/4-inch compression sleeves from the plumbing section of a hardware store
  • 2 jump rings and clasp
  • Pliers
  • Super glue
  • Scissors

1. Begin by tying a long (36 inches) piece of embroidery thread to the cord, about an inch or so off-center.

2. Wrap the thread around the cord, covering about an inch.

3. Loosely tie a knot around the cord.

4. Slide a compression sleeve over the loose end of the embroidery thread, then onto the cord.

5. Push the compression sleeve down to the wrapped section.

6. Add more compression sleeves the same way, then resume wrapping the thread to match the other side. Tie the thread into a knot around the cord.

7. To secure the knots, add a small dab of glue, then slide on two more compression sleeves (one on either end) to conceal the knot. Press the hardware pieces into the glue so they stay in place.

8. Use pliers to attach the jump rings and clasp to the loops on the cord ends.

9. Put a small drop of glue into each cord end.

10. Trim the cord so it just meets around your wrist (the clasp will add an extra inch to the bracelet). Slide the barrel cord ends onto either end of the bracelet, and let dry completely according to your glue’s directions before clasping and wearing.


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