Make Your Own Bracelets from Costume Jewelry

No tools needed jewelry

My grandma loved her costume jewelry and I am having so much fun with this box of it that was given to me.

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Between the broaches, beads and chains, I’ll never run out of things to make with them. A while ago, I used some broaches from this box to make these decorative mirrors.

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But for this jewelry project, I wanted to make bracelets from this chain necklace.

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I decided to make stretch bracelets because they are easy and don’t require a lot of tools or components.

First, using wire cutters (o.k. you do need one tool), cut off just a small section of links.

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I just did enough links to cover the top of my wrist.

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Then cut a small strip of stretchy cord.

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And loop it through one of the end links.

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Then just fold the two ends through the opening to attach the cord to the links.

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This will gave you two strands of cord.

If your bead holes are too small to string two strands, forget the folding and looping step and just tie your cord around the chain link. Tie a few knots and trim excess cord, leaving one piece of cord.

Next, string beads onto the cords until it is the right length (there are no set measurements here, just wrap it around your own wrist to determine the length you need).

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Then tie the cord to the other end link and tie about three knots.

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You can put a few drops of glue or clear nail polish on your knots to secure them.

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And that is it!

You can use any kind of bead you have on hand to make a fun variety of bracelets.

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If you don’t have costume jewelry on hand from grandma, don’t worry, garage sale season is coming up. That’s a perfect place to find great accessories to craft with!

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