DIY bracelets dress up your wrists

Make DIY bracelets using your favorite paint colors, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge! Make DIY bracelets using your favorite paint colors, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge!Do you ever start a project and then realize how much FUN you are having doing it? I may have found a new career decorating bangle bracelets – that is how much I love it. It started with an order of DIY Bangles and went crazy from there. Now I’m making bangles like there’s no tomorrow, so I’m sharing a few of my recent creations with you. I warn you though, I can’t be responsible for time spent away from your children, husband and work duties to make these. Right now I have ring-around-the-bathtub and I don’t even care. Here’s how I made these DIY bracelets.

Gather These Supplies

For all bangles:
DIY Bangles – the pennant bangle is the 1″ dome, the pink floral bangle is the flat exterior and the moss bangle with turquoise beads is the pentagon
Mod Podge Gloss or Mod Podge Satin
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Craft glue

Pennant Bangle
FolkArt Acrylic – Seamist
Paper scraps – I used Crate Paper Restoration
Brads in coordinating colors
Silver Sharpie
Piece of yarn

Pink Floral Bangle
FolkArt Acrylic – Graffiti Pink, Yellow Citron
Paper scraps – I used Basic Grey
Velvet scalloped ribbon
Pink brad embellishment – Artsy Findings’ Artsylicious Fabulous Brads in Pink

Moss Bangle with Beads
FolkArt Acrylic – Forest Moss, Spanish Olive
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Paper scraps – I used Crate Paper Restoration
Martha Stewart Microbeads in Feldspar
Tissue paper or vellum

IMG_3520You need to do some preparation for the pentagon bangle, since you have five flat areas to cover with paper. Using a vellum scrap and a pencil, I rubbed around the edge of the shape to make a template for cutting paper – kind of like pencil rubbings you did when you were little. Do you only do one? No – I recommend doing all five sides and then numbering. I like my paper shapes to fit exactly.

IMG_3435Tape the vellum down to your sheet of scrapbook paper and then cut out the five separate shapes. The way I kept track is with numbering. If you write a number onto the bangle and onto the back of the scrapbook paper, you’ll never see it; it will be Mod Podged down.

At this time, cut paper to fit your flat bangle as well. Set all the paper aside.

IMG_3463Basecoat all of your bangles according to the colors listed above. For the moss bangle, I used Forest Moss as the base color. Give at least two coats and allow to dry.

IMG_3439 IMG_3442The moss bangle and the floral bangle are distressed. You can distress easily by rubbing a wax candle all over the bangle, especially on the ridges. Rub firmly and then brush off any extra wax chunks that are left. Remember that the more wax you add, the more distressed the bracelet will be.

IMG_3441 IMG_3443Paint your second color directly over the wax and the first color. Paint until the first coat is completely covered and allow to dry.

IMG_3451 IMG_3444Rub a piece of medium grit sandpaper over the top of the bangles – you’ll see the areas where the wax is just rub away (quite easily), and you can see the first layer color beneath. Isn’t it super cool? Sand more for more distressing.

IMG_3446 IMG_3454Add the paper pieces to your distressed bangles with Mod Podge. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes, then give them a top coat. Add a few coats of Mod Podge to seal the bangles. At this point you just need to add embellishments to the floral bangle and you are done with that one.

IMG_3452Add the microbeads around each of the five papered parts of your bangle. To do this, paint a medium line of Mod Podge around the oval shape and then sprinkle the beads on. They adhere nicely like glitter. If your bead line goes a little wonky, just wash the Mod Podge off the paintbrush and then run it around the edge to wipe some of the beads and clean it up. I worked each oval shape one at a time, sprinkling beads and allowing to dry. I used a styrofoam bowl to catch the beads.

IMG_3467Once the beads are completely dry, add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the oval part of the bangle, right on top of the paper. Unfortunately this is a slow process, but only because of dry time. The good thing is that you can add the Dimensional Magic and leave it to dry (DM side up). Come back later and then rotate the bangle, add more DM. Total application time is about 15 minutes, but total dry time means this project is at least going to take overnight. Once the Dimensional Magic is dry, your moss bangle is done.

Back to the pennant bangle to finish.

IMG_3464So the pennant bangle has little flags, right? I wanted to measure to make sure that my flags fit correctly, so before I did anything I measured the circumference of the bangle with a piece of yarn. Once I had the circumference, I laid the yarn out onto a ruler and divide the bangle into five equal parts.

IMG_3466I marked the yarn with a pencil, and then taped the yarn back around the bangle. I marked the bangle where I wanted each intersection of flags to be. There’s probably an easier way of doing this, but it was the method that worked for me.

IMG_3465I then cut out the mini-flags from the paper using my craft knife. I free handed the flags (I knew about what size I wanted them), and then I went back and trimmed them after I was done, making sure they were all the same size and would fit four flags between each pencil mark.

IMG_3469Using the pencil mark as a guide, Mod Podge down the mini-flags. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes and then give the entire bracelet a coat of Mod Podge. Repeat.

IMG_3471Add the pennant string with a silver Sharpie, then clip the heads off of your brads and glue them down at the five intersections where the pencil mark is. I used a toothpick to help me get the right amount of glue. Let dry and this bangle is done!

Make DIY bracelets using your favorite paint colors, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge!This is one of the most fun projects I’ve done in a long time. I highly suggest these for girlfriend gifts. Enjoy your bangle decorating – I definitely am.

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  1. Jennifer Juniper says

    I’ve often looked at those wooden bangles at the craft store and wondered what I could do with them. Great idea :)

  2. Kat says

    These are so adorable, especially that bunting design one!!! Thanks for sharing some how-to tips on these – definitely adding to my “to-do” list.

  3. IndieSpotting says

    Wow, those look amazing! Especially the bunting bangle! :)

    I didn’t know you could get the distressed look with a wax candle – thanks for the tip!

  4. Kelly says

    Where can we find the dimensional magic? I can’t seem to find it anywhere! Those bangels are cute!

  5. The Scrapbook Speedway says

    you are smiply amazing! where do you come up with all these awesome ideas?! great tutorial btw!

  6. Calling All Sleepyheads says

    Those are so stinkin cute! You could most definitely sell those-you may have a new calling ; )

  7. Leah the Orange says

    the tub can wait! the wrists MUST be properly adorned at all times! these are ADORABLE! what paint didja use?

  8. House Revivals says

    Oh, this is waaay too cute. And I just bought some wood bangles at the fabric outlet, thinking i would think of something to do with them…

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Jayna Rae says

    They’re all so cute, but the pennant is my absolute favorite. If I can find bangles that fit, I will have to try this.

  10. Krafty Kat says

    Love that pennant bangle. You could make a fortune if you auctioned it off to everyone in blogland! 😉

  11. {northern cottage} says

    i love love love the pennant one! so darling can’t even say. how great that you ENJOYED making them so much…the time just flies then!

  12. Jen says

    I just adore these bangles, Amy!! Are the bangles themselves something that Plaid is now carrying, or are they from an outside company?

  13. Bashly says

    Thanks for the idea! We just had my oldest daughter’s birthday party and she wanted a Circus theme. So we made up 14 of the of the pennant bangles and put the name of each guest on a bangle and gave them out with her party invitation rolled up and slid into the bangle. Everyone went nuts over them! I think I’m going to have to do it again next year. Thanks again!



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