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15 Most Popular Bracelet Projects

There are so many amazing DIY jewelry projects these days, with Pinterest being full to the brim with inspiration. A lot of these tutorials are pretty easy to follow and yield beautiful results. Here we’re going to look specifically at popular bracelet projects to see which ones are the simplest to make and which will take a little more effort, or a trip to the craft store for supplies.

Each method of bracelet making has a difficulty rating:

  • Beginner – easy
  • Intermediate – mildly tricky
  • Advanced – very tricky

1. Friendship Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Intermediate

The friendship bracelet never seems to lose any popularity and remains, to this day, a great DIY project which takes little materials to complete. The most popular form of friendship bracelets are the woven or braided ones which often feature a multitude of colors with designs of varied difficulties.

To make a woven friendship bracelet you will need:

  • Embroidery Floss (or similar yarn)
  • Scissors
  • A pin or hook – to hold your threads while you braid
  • Patience!

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Depending upon your choice of design, your braiding or weaving will require different levels of patience – it can be tough to get into the flow of weaving or braiding your threads and keeping them from tangling.

Friendship bracelet designs can span anywhere from a simple 3 stranded braid to 8 or more strands creating a woven design which might contain a flat pattern or raised design. There are heaps of tutorials for weaving friendship bracelets but one of our favorite designs creates heart shapes in the woven pattern.

2. Beaded Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner

One of the simplest ways to make a bracelet is to string beads onto some tigertail or cord and add a fastening. Beaded bracelets never seem to go out of fashion as there are many variations of this simple design. Smaller beads will of course, create more delicate bracelets and large beads will create something which is a bit more statement.

To make a beaded bracelet you will need:

  • Beads – any shape or size
  • Cord or wire suited to your bead size and project
  • A fastening – lobster claw, spring ring, toggle, magnetic or barrel are probably the best suited to a beaded bracelet
  • Crimps – if using tigertail
  • Pliers
  • Calottes – to hide crimps
  • Jump rings
  • A lighter – if using cord knots to attach the fastening
  • Cutters or scissors
  • A bead board – optional, to lay out your design before making

Beaded bracelets can be made to look as simple or extravagant as you please, it all depends on your choice of beads. Laying out your design is a great way to start, as it allows you to envision the final piece and make changes without needing to restring your whole design.

If you decide to use larger beads, make sure to keep checking the length around your wrist as you might need more cord than you expected due to the bulk of the bead. Depending upon the size and material your beads are made from, you may want to consider different techniques or finishes.

  • Glass or Semi-precious Gemstone Beads – pearl knotting would be a good option to keep the beads from cracking or wearing down where they would touch if simply strung onto cord or wire.
  • Seed Beads or Small Beads – using a softer cord is better suited than tigertail or wire, as smaller beads tend to be lighter. Small beads threaded on to tigertail can often results in gaps in between the beads and a “springy” looking bracelet, which doesn’t look or feel all that great.

3. Stretch Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner

If you prefer to make beaded bracelets without a fastening, then you might want to consider making a stretch bracelet instead. This is a very similar bracelet making technique to the above, but instead of needing a fastening, you just thread your beads onto elasticated cord and finish the row with a knot.

For a stretch bracelet you will need the following materials:

  • Beads – any shape or size
  • Elastic cord – type will depend on your bead choice
  • A lighter – might be needed for thicker, fabric wrapped elastic

A stretch bracelet can use any types of beads to create different results, but you want to be sure that your bracelet has longevity and won’t break. Larger, heavier beads such as glass or semi-precious, will need a stronger elastic than, say, seed beads would need.

4. Multi-strand Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Advanced

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous a multi-strand bracelet might be something that tickles your fancy, as you get to use loads of beads and create more intricate and wild designs. These bracelets can either be made using cord/wire or elastic, and you can add as many rows as you please. There are some extra materials needed if you want to create multiple rows of beading:

  • Beads – easiest to use similar shaped beads throughout the design e.g. round or seed beads
  • Cord, wire or elastic
  • Fastening – same as beaded bracelet, although some designs will require a multi-row fastening connector or magnetic bar
  • Multi-hole spacer bars – may be needed to keep rows in place
  • A bead board – if you want to lay out your design first

A stretch, multi-strand bracelet with 5 or more rows will make a gorgeous, statement cuff bracelet or you could opt to create a chunky, bohemian 3 strand bracelet with semi-precious or wooden beads. Multi-strand bracelets don’t have to use beads, you could use multiple rows of cord to create your bracelet – check out our tutorial here!

5. Charm Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Intermediate

A charm bracelet is a really nice project to create something super personal to you or for a friend as a gift. The base of a charm bracelet is normally chain, onto which the charms are attached, but you can of course, create beaded charm bracelets too. Some people also …