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Four Bracelets Even You Can Make

By April 12, 2013

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Are you craftily challenged? Some of us can huddle around a pile of old suitcases like the Peanuts gang over a saggy Christmas tree, wave our arms, and voila! A vintage-inspired vanity! Others of us attempt such feats and end up with nothing more than a neatly-stacked pile of old suitcases.

Some projects seem like they only exist in the Land of Pinterest, where everything looks useful, delicious, and photographed in just the right light. We need projects that have been attempted by mere mortals. Here are some bangles and cuffs that I made and still wear to this day. They've stood the test of time... and the test of me; a lady who talks with her hands and repeatedly slams bracelets into her keyboard.

This sounds like a simple recycled office supply bracelet, but the result is actually a dazzling cuff of glass beads and gleaming metal.

Bend and shape a toothbrush to fit your wrist for a cute plastic bangle. It's easy with the right instructions.


Origami isn't just for cranes anymore. This simple step-by-step will show you how to create cute bracelets using nothing but paper.

Some button bracelets, strung on elastic, can pinch the dickens out of you when you least expect it. This one layers the buttons in a pattern that keeps everything in place.

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