Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to Make Handmade Bracelets


The title of this post is "How to Make Handmade Bracelets" and if you keep reading, you will discover four helpful and easy-to-follow tutorials that will have you creating bracelets for yourself or as gifts for others in no time at all. And with the holidays coming up, the timing couldn't be better!

Remember my mini (faux) pallet art tutorial? Well, one of the comments at the bottom of that post was from my friend Johnnie, who simply said,
This is so cute Laura! I want it. Do you need my address ;)
I took it as a sweet compliment, but then Johnnie posted this on Twitter:
@petscribbles I am starting a "Laura should send this pallet art to Johnnie" initiative. Just giving you a heads up!
Well now, I began to consider that Johnnie just might be serious about this. Hmmm... I had been coveting drooling over admiring her many handmade bracelets shared on her own blog Saved by Love Creations, which is a blog about upcycled crafts, jewelry and DIY decor. So I proposed a swap and Johnnie was all for it!

I feel like Christmas came early to me this year, as she sent me not just one or two of her bracelets -- she sent me four of them! You can click here to read about our swap from Johnnie's perspective, and to see where she chose to hang my mini pallet art piece.

Macrame Bracelets

Macrame Bracelets

I love macrame bracelets, and the "washer" trend that I see on Etsy and elsewhere. Here are two bracelets that Johnnie made, one with a washer, and the other with a metal "gratitude" charm. Both bracelets are fully adjustable, and both are super-easy to make. You can find the details on Johnnie's blog by clicking here.

Braided Bead Bracelet

Braided Bead Bracelet

Isn't this one gorgeous? I love how simple it is, yet how striking at the same time. Johnnie says she has made dozens of these using different colors and different sizes and shapes of beads. Want to make some of your own? You can in no time at all by watching her how-to video here:  Braided Bead Bracelet DIY

Upcycled Belt Bracelet

Upcycled Belt Bracelet

This bracelet is my favorite! Johnnie calls it the Upcycled Belt Bracelet, because her husband challenged her to come up with something out of an old belt he didn't want anymore. It didn't take Johnnie long to figure out yet another amazing bracelet design! 

Clasp of the Upcycled Belt Bracelet

I wore this bracelet to a neighborhood pig roast over the weekend and received so many compliments on it. You can learn how to make one here:  Upcycled Belt Bracelet DIY (easy to follow video!)

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Johnnie is much more than bracelets, however I do encourage you to visit Saved by Love Creations as she has many more bracelet tutorials for you to try! You can also find her at Printable Decor (an awesome site for free printables!), and at Totally Green Crafts (a place to find craft ideas and DIY inspiration using recycled materials).

Now go and make some pretty bracelets!

And thank you so much Johnnie! I treasure each one you made!

~Laura

4 comments:

  1. I hope this comes through as Johnnie and not Amy ;)

    What a flattering shout out. Thank you so much Laura!! I can't wait until April. xoxo

    Johnnie

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  2. Hah! So you're the one posting as Amy on Amy's page! LOL You're very welcome Johnnie! So glad we're friends, and I can't wait until we hang out in April too!

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  3. I'm everywhere! This is awesome! What a fun swap! I would like to swap cats for a week...but keep those bracelets under lock and key those are tasty treats to my weirdo. (My cat eats my artwork...all the time)

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    1. You are everywhere - it's like magic! Your cat eats your artwork, while my cat Lulu likes to munch on fingers. Fair trade?

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