DIY Charm Bracelet

I’ve been itching to do a charm bracelet tutorial on HonestlyWTF for awhile now. And it wasn’t until I recently purchased a gorgeous vintage pearl charm bracelet that I was motivated to locate all the necessary supplies to recreate something just as pretty. The main focus of this week’s tutorial is to teach you how to wire wrap, which allows you to add any type of charm to personalize your own bracelet!

You’ll need:

Start by threading a headpin through a large pearl. Stack the petal bead cap and a spacer bead on top.

Use the round nose pliers to bend the headpin to the left, about 2 millimeters above the spacer bead. Keeping and squeezing the pliers in place, form nearly a 300 degree loop by wrapping the headpin tightly around the right side of the pliers.

Find the center link of the bracelet and attach the charm to that link.

Now use the flat nose pliers to hold the loop tight for traction. Wrap the tail of the headpin, around in a spiral, until it hits the top of the spacer bead.

Use the wire cutters to trim away any excess wire.

Continue adding more charms, alternating between large and small pearls. An option is to add pearls or charms to any empty spots.

Your charm bracelet is finished.

Layer with your favorite bracelets and enjoy!

(DIY pearl charm bracelet, crystal bracelets by J.Crew, rings and arm bangle by Mr. Kate, handbag by Coach; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. meixii wrote:

    How pretty! Smart idea you have there.
    Will want to make something like this 🙂

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  2. J. wrote:
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  3. Alice wrote:

    Wow, it’s so cute ! ;D ♥

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  4. Carolina Bachiega wrote:

    Love the idea! I will try to find similar material to make one for me 🙂

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  5. Jeline wrote:

    the charm bracelet looks so beautiful!! another great DIY <3

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  6. Christina wrote:

    Supercute! I love your DIY’s 🙂

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  7. Anna wrote:

    if you stop at pic 4 you can have matching earings !! nice!

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  8. Tabetha wrote:

    Love these tutorials, and this one is particularly gorgeous!!

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  9. I get super excited over your diy jewelry posts. More please. =)
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  10. M wrote:

    I LOVE THIS! Super pretty!

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  11. Tibs wrote:

    Gorgeous! I always buy beads and stuff to make my own jewellery, but never done any though… Perhaps time to start now finally with your instructions!

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  12. Samira wrote:

    wow!!! beautiful necklace!!!

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  13. Gorgeous bracelet.

    Collections

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  14. Esther wrote:

    So delicate! Where can I find some similar material ( petals beads) is it possible online, I live in Spain… Thanks and congrats

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  15. Kate wrote:

    You’re so damn clever. Always love what you end up creating.

    Kate

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  16. Nadja wrote:

    OMG such a cute idea! love it!!! have to try this too.

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  17. Marta wrote:
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  18. EUGENIA wrote:

    OMG THIS ROSE ONE IS PROBABLY THE PRETTIEST BRACELET YOU DIY*ED SO FAR! SO CUTE AND PRETTY AND DOESNT EVEN LOOK LIKE A DIY..GREAT JOB!!!

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  19. meelena wrote:

    really nice!

    xx
    Meelena

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  20. Aley wrote:

    This is a great idea and love the way it came out as well : )

    xoxo aley

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  21. Trish Worrall wrote:

    So pretty!!

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  22. nathalie wrote:
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  23. Ambyr wrote:

    I like this idea, and it looks super simple to make. I also like how you paired it with the oversized clear gem bracelets.

    xoxo
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  24. Fey wrote:

    Lovely! I love pearls 🙂 It looks so chic.
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  25. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
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  26. Carol wrote:

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and fall accessories:

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  27. Kemi wrote:

    I love this! I wear pearl studs daily so when I want to wear a bracelet this look is perfect for me!

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  28. Laura wrote:

    absolutely Perfect!!! You have so many amazing DIY .. i just have to find a time to try them out!
    3 minutes from my apartment is a shop where i can buy everything to make these sweeties 🙂

    Thanx for ideas!

    Hi from Makeup artist in Latvija

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  29. Christine wrote:

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS,

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  30. Carla wrote:

    Very classic and easy to do it … Thanks for sharing!
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  32. Natasha wrote:

    Wow! You guys did a beautiful job!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  33. Another awesome tutorial, the bracelet is beautiful.
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  34. I love the bracelet, and it is really gorgeous. I just wanted to share a trick I learned in a charm bracelet class years ago. If you connect the charms with a jump ring, they dangle better! Because the “joint” between the bracelet and the charm becomes flexible, the charms are just jingly-er! Thanks for all your tutes, they are awesome!

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  35. Madddalina wrote:

    I love your DIYs so much!

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  36. Zadin wrote:

    Never thought about doing such a bracelet, but thank you.. it’s never too late.

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  37. mino wrote:

    tanks

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  38. Hive wrote:

    Awwwwesome

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  39. Hive wrote:

    Did u make the others too?

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  40. Wow! Thanks for the tutorial. DIY bracelets are nice, but I usually buy mine 😉

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  41. What an amazing idea!ñ
    Chanel in http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  42. Linh.C wrote:

    So pretty~~ This would look nice as a necklace as well ♥♥♥

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  43. Taylor wrote:

    Very beautiful. I love those Jcrew bracelets and delicate rings. Great images.

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  44. Nat wrote:

    I have been wanting to do a DIY bracelet for so long and I think I have found my challenge…
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo,
    nat

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  45. G wrote:

    Beautiful! And love that it was inspired by a vintage purchase. So many great vintage pieces out there- even if it’s just for parts to create new !

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  46. OMG – I LOVE LOVE that charm bracelet! Can’t believe you made it!

    XOXO
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  47. Namrata wrote:

    You are a pro at DIY, but I made my very own charms necklace using paper pins. It was pretty simple yet cute.

    Have a look at it on my blog
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in/2012/08/diy-mondays-horsatility.html

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  48. Mira wrote:

    You have the best ideas. The bracelet is sooo wonderful 😀
    xo

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  49. Tatiana wrote:

    Love it! Pearls are my obsessions <3
    Kiss!

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  50. Leti wrote:

    I love that bracelet!
    Your blog is amazing

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  51. GeorgiaBite wrote:

    These bracelets are gorgeous!

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  52. How sweet! It goes perfectly with the jeweled button trend for Fall that everyone is swooning over! Everyone is from Marc Jacobs to Chanel is doing a jeweled button this season.

    I posted a jeweled button DIY today. Here is the link: http://wp.me/p2jzG1-i4

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  53. Jenny wrote:

    I just made my own today. It was super easy to do and looks really great!

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  54. Silvia wrote:

    The bracelet looks so pretty! Love it! :))

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  55. Anna Lou wrote:

    Wow, great tutorial!

    Check out what I wore today: navy shirt, striped jeans and leopard bag:

    http://annalouelliott.blogspot.com/2012/08/today-im-wearing_23.html

    Anna Lou X

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  56. Alison wrote:
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  57. Lovely bracelet!!!! Very nice work

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  58. Syl wrote:

    I absolutely love your DIY posts! Thank you for sharing these!

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  59. Kelly wrote:
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  60. anna wrote:

    Where can I buy this? It’s my favourite thing! 🙂

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  61. cheryl wrote:

    This is probably my favorite of your DIYs 😀

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  62. Tanni wrote:

    Das ist ein wunderschönes Armband

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  63. Nicole wrote:

    That’s so pretty! Love it!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

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  65. Kate wrote:

    OMG ! Look so beautiful ! Love it !

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  66. Aline wrote:

    I like!
    Much!
    super must 🙂

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  67. Camille wrote:

    Great DIY and it’s so simple. Here’s my version made from beads from my stash and supplies from my local bead store. http://craft-a-mamie.blogspot.com/2012/08/pearl-charm-bracelet.html

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  68. Pretty pretty

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  69. leoyao wrote:
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  70. Leekpea wrote:

    Very-very nice!

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  71. Definately have to try this. Amazing DIY website – favourite by far!

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  72. sundanced wrote:

    Hello!

    This is a lovely tutorial, but I was wondering about the awesome bag you’re carrying in the first picture! I want to see a full shot of it, but from the bits I DO see, it looks fabulous! Care to share the brand/where it can be purchased??

    Thank you!

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  73. Irene wrote:

    oh! This is so sweet and romantic, thanks for the idea!!!

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  74. Virginia Lawrence wrote:

    Wow! Gorgeous. I would LOVE to make some gold charms for bracelets like these, they are so pretty! Good tutorial. 🙂

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  75. JustJoannie wrote:

    This is beautiful! My little sister is obsessed with Pandora Beads Charms. It’s definitely gotten me into charm bracelets. I might make something similar to this for myself! =)

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  76. Rebecca wrote:

    I love this-it is so pretty! i have ordered all the materials to make one for myself, except in silver! I cannot wait for them to arrive! Thanks for sharing this tutorial-it is a beautiful design!

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  77. anneke wrote:

    Schitterend, erg mooi gemaakt…

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  78. levinia channing wrote:

    I love your work !!!!!! your lovely charm bracelet please tell me where you bought the gold wrap around leaves.
    here in South Africa we dont get a wide variety .. Thank you again .. for sharing tooooo xx
    !!!!!

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  79. john wrote:

    Hi there i would like to purchase one of the items pictured, there is no way shown the purchase the gold charm bracelet. http://cdn.honestlywtf.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/charmbracelet3.jpg Can you help.

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  82. So beautiful! I love it!

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  83. Steven wrote:

    A great tutorial to guide you through how to create charm bracelets! thanks for sharing.

    https://www.trinketsea.com/product-category/bracelets

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  84. Sondos wrote:

    Thank you very much

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