DIY Braided Cuff

The weather is getting warmer and the sleeves are getting shorter. Exposed wrists are in desperate need of jewelry – some new, some old and some handmade. This season, I’m all about making these braided brass cuffs, inspired by Aurélie Bidermann’s Copacabana bracelet. The most complicated step to this tutorial is drilling holes through the cuff but if you’ve got a steady hand and a tiny drill bit, you’ll be churning these out before you know it.

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You’ll need:

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Take 6 skeins of embroidery floss, 2 of each shade of a color to create an ombré effect. Cut them to about 2 feet each and gather, along with 3-4 strands of gold floss. Gather into a knot, leaving 2 inches of slack, and braid the length of the bracelet. Close it with a loose knot in case it needs to be shortened or lengthened later.

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The next step involves drilling a series of small holes along the edge of the brass cuff. To get nice, aligned holes, I suggest putting a piece of patterned washi tape in the inside of the cuff. I just happened to have polka dotted tape, which was perfect to use as a guide. With your drill, carefully drill holes separated by 10-12mm.

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Remove the tape. Thread a strand of gold floss through an embroidery needle. Double knot the end and thread it through the bottom of the first hole. Thread through the top of the middle of the braid and back under through the 2nd hole. Continue weaving.

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Once you’ve reached the end, back stick the gold thread and tie it into a knot. Shorten or lengthen the braid by undoing the knot and adjusting it to match the other end.

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Trim both ends.

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And that’s all folks!

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(images by HonestlyWTF; rings from Catbird & Jennie Kwon; bracelets from Campbell)

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  1. Denisa wrote:

    Very nice inspiration.
    xx
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    4.15.14
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  2. Mira wrote:

    You always have the best diy ideas!! The cuff looks so stunning! Love it 😀

    xx Mira

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    4.15.14
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  3. Rachelle wrote:

    This is so awesome I wish I had the patient to make it.

    xo
    PinkSole

    4.15.14
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  4. Stel Style wrote:

    Really cool DIY!! I love it

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    4.15.14
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  5. lauren wrote:

    this is really pretty, the drilling makes it a bit more difficult though
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

    4.15.14
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  6. Carla wrote:

    That’s a beautiful idea!

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    4.15.14
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  7. Kim wrote:

    That is SO cute! Must try DIY project!

    Kim
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    I’m doing a giveaway!!

    4.15.14
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  8. Rachel wrote:

    In. Love!

    4.15.14
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  9. So cool! I love this bracelet!
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    4.15.14
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  10. Delphine wrote:

    GEORGOUS!!!!! What do you think of the color of the bracelet? Is it really sterling? Do you know if it’s possible to find some gold plated brass cuff online? I’ve been searching for a long time but….still nothing! Can you help me? I would like to reproduce it but with gold plated or filled bracelet. THANKS for everything and for your great ideas 🙂

    4.15.14
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  12. How cute is that cuff!
    Looks pretty easy to make too, Ill have to give it a try!

    MRB
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    4.15.14
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  13. Namrata wrote:

    So so chic! Will have to attempt making this!

    Namrata
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.com

    4.15.14
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  14. Dani wrote:

    Does the drill bit you used come with that rotary tool or is that a separate accessory? And if it’s separate what size is it? Thanks 🙂

    4.30.14
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  16. Dubai girl wrote:

    Wow, cant believe such a lovely item can be handmade , without much effort. Bravo!

    9.25.14
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  17. Negsy wrote:

    Wtf is right! A lot of great DIY jewelry tutorials here. I’m feeling very inspired.

    But I suppose after buying some Catbird and Jennie Kwon jewlery you’re gonna have to make some DIY stuff of your own. Ridiculously expensive.

    10.7.14
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  18. All your DIYs are amazing!! The drill bit is rather intimidating though 😛 And I’ve been DIYing for years! 🙂 I try to keep my tutorials to ones that only need pliers and glue at the max 🙂

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