Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Braided Bead Bracelet

I really like the look of this braided bracelet.  This is a wrap bracelet that I guess you tie yourself, I changed mine up a bit and added a clasp, but it was really fun to make.  Thanks to Henry Happened for an awesome tutorial!!
You’ll need:
  • 3 yards of silk ribbon cord. I got mine (purple, of course) at JoAnn’s in the trim section.
  • 2 dozen 8mm gold beads. My beads came from Dee’s but you can find beads with a similar size opening at JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. If you can’t find them there, these are very similar.
Cut the ribbon into 3 equal lengths. Standard bracelet size is 7 inches so you’ll want it about 29 inches long in order to wrap 4 times.
Start by braiding about 6 inches of ribbon and then secure the end with a rubber band. Anchor the end with something heavy to hold in it place.
Start braiding in the beads by feeding the ball onto the middle strand and then tightly braiding the other two strands around it. Don’t pull too hard though or the beads will have a tendency to pop out as you go.
Continue feeding beads onto the middle strand until you run out (I had about 25) or until there’s about 6 inches of ribbon left.
Finish with another 6 inches or so of braiding. Then clamp the ends with ribbon fasteners or just tie it in a knot.
It looks great as a bracelet or a necklace!

1 comment:

  1. This bracelet is just so cute and looks like a lot of fun to make also. Thanks for sharing!