Are you looking for a fun jewelry craft or a unique gift idea? This DIY charm bracelet is made with cute fabric and Dimensional Magic!
I’m telling you right now – you don’t have enough jewelry. I know you think you do, but really, you don’t. So I’m here to help you make more.
Two things influenced the creation of this DIY charm bracelet: 1) I’ve been trying to spice up my wardrobe, as I mentioned a few months ago and 2) Plaid has new Mod Podge products!
The fancy new products include new formulas as well as Podgeables, which are fun surfaces to decoupage on. The line includes these charms.
I’m always skeptical about new product in general. I’m going be to honest, I can be negative. “Why do I need anything new?” I ask myself. Um, you need these Podgeable surfaces.
They are so fun and easy to craft with. I get messages from beginning Mod Podgers all the time telling me they are having trouble with wrinkles.
I highly recommend starting with a charm bracelet like this. You won’t get wrinkles. And you won’t believe how simple it was to put together.
DIY Charm Bracelet
Gather These Supplies
- Mod Podge Matte
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Mod Podge Podgeable Shapes – Basic
- Mod Podge Tracing Templates – Basic Shapes
- FolkArt paint – Buttercup and a stylus (this part is optional)
- Fabric – scraps will work
- Jewelry making supplies – I used a chain, lobster claw and five jump rings
Here are your two best friends in this project. I’ll tell you why you need the traceable shapes in a moment.
Prepare the fabric with Mod Podge. That means paint a medium layer on it and let it dry. It will make it easy to cut, and no fraying.
This is where the templates come in handy. If you trace around the outside of the shapes and cut them, the shape is slightly too big and you have to trim down. The templates match the shapes – except when I traced and cut them, the pieces fit just right and no trimming.
This is the fun part. Decoupage the fabric to the back of the charm.
Position your charm on top of the fabric and press down. If you misplaced the charm, simply peel the fabric off quickly, add a bit more Podge to the charm and then press down again. Let dry.
So here’s the optional part. I thought it might be a fun accent to add polka dots around the edges of the charms. I did it with paint and a stylus. I know, but I couldn’t help myself!
Once everything is dry, add Dimensional Magic to the top.
Let it dry in a relatively warm area. Don’t put a fan on it – it will crack! You have to be patient it takes awhile. But it’s worth it. The DM adds a shiny, epoxy look to the project.
Add your charms to the chain. I had originally done six charms but realized while I was working that I only wanted five. Isn’t it awesome being the boss of your own crafts?
Now wear your DIY jewelry out to your next picnic or queen’s ball. Aren’t the cherries perfect for summer?
One thing I also love about this DIY charm bracelet is that the shapes are lightweight. I can’t stand heavy jewelry.
For another summer bracelet option, this recycled t-shirt bracelet idea is fun: