DIY Wrap Bangles

After recently cleaning out my jewelry collection, I was motivated to save a much neglected set of brass bangles by giving it a summer-inspired overhaul. And since there isn’t anything some colorful embroidery floss and gold charms can’t fix, this transformation was easily executed with supplies already laying around in my craft closet.

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You’ll need:

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Start by applying a small amount of glue to the tip of a toothpick. Place a drop of glue onto one area of the bangle.

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Place the end of the embroidery floss on the glue and start wrapping tightly around the bangle.

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Once you’ve wrapped past the glued section, you don’t need to pay attention to wrapping so precisely. Instead, wrap a generous amount around the bangle and then use your fingers to push the section together.

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Continue wrapping until you’ve reached the end. Add a dab of glue onto the bangle and finish wrapping.

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Using two pairs of pliers, start attaching jump rings and charms.

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One down, more to go.

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Have fun with this . . .

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. . . the more charms and colors, the better!

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(images by HonestlyWTF)

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189 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    They look too beautiful. I have to make my own diy wrap bangles now. Thanks for sharing 😀

    GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG

    xx

    glamdevils

    6.27.13
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  2. STEL STYLE wrote:

    this DIY is so beautiful and original design, I love your DIY!!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

    6.27.13
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  3. Veva wrote:

    Great DIY!
    Perfect for the summer!
    xoxo

    MY WHITE IDEA DIY

    6.27.13
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  4. Shadan wrote:

    Beautiful. So summery and colourful. Thanks for sharing X

    6.27.13
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  5. Rachelle wrote:

    I have everything needed to make this, thanks for the inspiration.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

    6.27.13
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  6. Giselle wrote:

    That is such a great idea 🙂 And they look so good too. Well done!

    6.27.13
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  7. Amazing tutorial!!!
    Nice bracelets!

    With love
    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

    6.27.13
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  8. Laura wrote:

    Love those bracelets !
    New post: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/
    Love from Paris

    6.27.13
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  9. Denisa wrote:

    Looks like a perfect idea. I like it.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

    6.27.13
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  10. Nomadic D. wrote:

    Love this! Seems so simple and straightforward, but those jump rings are a stroke of genius!

    http://www.nomadicd.com

    6.27.13
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  11. I have extra bangles, and embroidery thread, and charms… may as well do this! Such a fun idea!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/InfiniteStyleShop

    6.27.13
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  12. SiriSpa wrote:

    I L.O.V.E. these. Thank you soo much for sharing.

    6.27.13
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  13. Isa wrote:

    You know, I’ve been wrapping my bangles, but I don’t know why it hasn’t occurred to me to put charms and such on them. Thanks for the inspo!

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com

    6.27.13
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  14. Sandra wrote:

    Love ALL your bracelet tutorials, definitely going to try this one out. I’ve got tons of embroidery floss still from those friendship bracelet knotting days …

    6.27.13
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  15. Deryl Jenkins wrote:

    I really like this DIY, thanks.

    6.27.13
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  16. Ambyr wrote:

    These are so cool and I have some old bangles that would be perfect to use. Thanks for the inspiration.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

    6.27.13
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  17. Fantastic idea! Something you can do while catching up on RHONJ.

    6.27.13
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  18. lauren wrote:

    I love all the brightly colour bracelet diy that are around, i have pretty much everything that is needed in my craft box, i know how I’m spending my weekend 🙂
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

    6.27.13
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  19. love it as always!

    6.27.13
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  20. Bree wrote:

    I think it would also be a good idea to put the glue on the inside of the bangle when you start wrapping so it disguises the lump of glue

    6.27.13
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  21. Lindsey wrote:

    These are so cool!!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    xo,
    Lindsey

    http://www.caviartaste.com

    6.27.13
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  22. meg wrote:

    Love these!
    They would be great for the beach!

    http://happinessiscreating.com/

    6.27.13
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  23. Andreia N. wrote:

    Absolutely love this DIY. Will try it as soon as I get my hands on the missing ‘ingredients’ 🙂

    6.27.13
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  24. Elizabeth wrote:

    What a lovely idea, bracelet diys are always my favorites! <3

    6.27.13
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  25. Elizabeth wrote:

    <3 this bracelet idea!

    Cutediys.com

    6.27.13
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  26. Tony wrote:

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  27. These are so cute! and so simple to make!

    6.27.13
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  28. Hazel wrote:

    I love it! Got a set of rusty bangles, this would totally fix them up 😀

    6.27.13
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  29. Lisa wrote:

    I love these! I have some bangles laying around and am definitely doing this. Thanks for posting!

    6.27.13
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  30. Nice! I’m going to try.

    Tanya xx

    November Grey

    Check out my latest look in Paris!

    6.27.13
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  31. dorylyn wrote:

    love it!

    6.27.13
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  32. Rose wrote:

    These are so beautiful & so easy, definitely going to have to make some!!

    Rose
    Blonde in this City

    6.27.13
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  33. Alena wrote:

    Arr, what an amazing idea for the summer! In love!
    Stop by at

    FashionFlirt

    Kiss, Alena

    6.27.13
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  34. andrea wrote:

    LOVE THIS!! I have been looking for a new DIY project.

    6.27.13
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  35. i.s. wrote:
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  36. Viky wrote:

    this is funny!!
    I actually made this kind of bracelet last year with a set of old bangles that I found and some extra charms and emboendry thread… I painted some of them with spray too…
    By the way, I love your blog Geneva!

    Greetings from Spain 😉

    6.27.13
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  37. steph wrote:

    This is great, have some bangles lying around that could do with some colour 😉 love ALL your DIYs!

    6.27.13
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  38. Super Cute!

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  39. I’m definitely going to be making a stack of these thing weekend! Thanks for the tutorial!

    xo
    Kara
    http://www.thebostonista.com

    6.27.13
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  40. ikaxela wrote:

    I realy love your DIY! Great job!!!!!

    6.27.13
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  41. Paty wrote:

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

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

    6.28.13
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  42. Nads wrote:

    Nice, I’m going to try these this weekend 🙂

    6.28.13
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  43. Lubna wrote:

    This is such a creative idea! Love the results and I’m definitely going to try it out.

    Lubna | ELLE VOX

    6.28.13
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  44. Namrata wrote:

    Love those little cutesy charms!

    Namrata
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

    6.28.13
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  45. GirlFromNK wrote:

    This is so cool, I really like what u did, perfect for the summer 😀

    6.28.13
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  46. Shelley wrote:
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  47. I LOVE THIS. Wow. I need to try this like yesterday. They look great.

    6.28.13
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  48. Jamie wrote:

    Great idea! These are so adorable! And I often find myself paying way too much for something cute like this and thinking ‘I bet I could totally make this.’ Thanks for this!

    xo,
    Jamie

    http://inspirationlush.com/

    6.28.13
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  49. Julieta Lo wrote:

    Soo Nice!! I really like them, actually I have some old bangles that ban be used…. me encantaron! tengo todo para hacerlas…. =D

    6.28.13
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  50. Ri wrote:

    I have large hands that make it hard to find bangles that fit, can you suggest an alternative to using pre-made bangles? I love this look and want to try it!

    6.28.13
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  51. Laura wrote:

    They look great! I have to try it asap :))

    6.30.13
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  52. Sabrina wrote:

    Beautiful!! I think im gonna have to make a couple of these for myself.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/SabrinaBJewelry

    6.30.13
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  53. Ms. J wrote:

    Off to the craft store I go this is a great tutorial!!!

    6.30.13
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  54. Martyna wrote:

    love it ! <3

    7.1.13
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  55. Danielle wrote:

    Great mind must think alike I totally just found a ton of old bangles and was like I have u bunch of embroidery string and started wrapping :))) but the charms such a cute idea!!!! I love your posts !:)

    7.1.13
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  56. Astrid wrote:

    Time to clean out my bracelet box and do this! 😀

    7.2.13
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  57. Patricia wrote:

    These look AMAZING. I want to get all the materials and do them now. Thank you!

    7.2.13
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  58. They look awesome!! Such a great tutorial too, Thanks!

    7.8.13
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  59. Zahara wrote:

    Where else can you purchase bangles? H&M is out of stock and does not have shipping.

    7.14.13
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  60. Quinn wrote:

    I love this! Going to rustle up all my old bangles now!

    7.15.13
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  61. Janet wrote:

    These bangles are just the cutest!! 🙂
    Never even imagine this as a way to revive them!!
    So much color!!! Just GORGEOUS!
    Thank you so much for making and teaching us to make our world a bit brighter!!!
    Janet

    7.17.13
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  62. Lindsey wrote:

    I love making these. 🙂 I have made several for friends so I have a few to sell as well.

    http://www.lindseyscreations.com

    Thanks for the tut!

    7.22.13
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  63. Bonk wrote:

    very nice!
    check out those handmade bracelets by Bonk Ibiza:
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ibonkza

    7.30.13
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  64. I like it! It’s so beautiful and colourful! 🙂

    8.1.13
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  65. garima wrote:
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  66. Erin wrote:

    HI, would this be adaptable for men? What could be used instead of a bangle for the guys? Thanks!

    8.4.13
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  67. Celia wrote:

    I tried to make these lovelies but the bangles were too big for me! Where do you find bangles for little hands?? thanks!

    8.17.13
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  68. Ananasa wrote:

    Those are just amazing! So creative and gorgeous, with a little bot if indian vintage flair, thank you for this awesome idea!

    Ananasa.com- Home For Handmade

    8.21.13
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  69. Moonchild wrote:

    This is awesome! Any idea about how much floss you need for one bracelet (feet/meters)?

    8.29.13
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  70. Carla wrote:

    Great Idea, but not just for summer, use different colors for different seasons..will make a lot of these, thanks

    8.31.13
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  71. alboo wrote:

    hello ! I realy love this DIY, so… I made it ! Of course I didn’t just “copy-paste” it, my result is different than yours. Have a look on my blog to see my work !
    bidouillage-et-gribouillage.overblog.com

    Sorry for my bad english, I’m French …

    9.4.13
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  72. Beverly wrote:

    Muy original y facil, me encanta….

    9.4.13
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  73. Adi & Sahar wrote:

    Hi , we r mother & my 8th years old FROM IL and we L.O.V.E your DIY !!!

    9.7.13
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  74. Hi, I was curious if the smell from the glue you used ever goes away? I made some DIY headbands and the glue was just too much. These are fabulous and I’m looking for my embroidery thread now!

    10.7.13
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  75. Melissa wrote:

    Why do you need 2 pairs of pliers to attach the jump rings and charms?

    10.12.13
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  76. Kate wrote:

    Amazing DIY tips…

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kate
    http://urbiana.co.uk/

    11.9.13
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  77. DJ wrote:

    I love these but I’m to old to wear them so I’m going to make some for my daughter, she is only 23 and will love them. Great Christmas gift idea, thank you for idea!

    11.24.13
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  78. Kaia wrote:

    I loved making these! I had all of the supplies on hand. Thanks so much!

    12.20.13
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  79. Such beautiful and unique bracelets!!!

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  80. Thanks for perfect DIY idea. I’ll try to make same bangle for my girlfriend 🙂

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  81. Very nice bangles.Gongratulations

    http://aboutjewels.com

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  82. Jennifer Pooler wrote:

    Is there a instruction book I could purchase? thanks!

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  83. Sarah wrote:

    I LOVE these! They make me happy just to look at them, so thank you so much for sharing.

    One question: do you find that you need to use double-sided charms, or do single-sided charms work if you…??

    Oh, and I also remember, many years ago, trying to do a wrapped bangle with ribbon and wire and, as a beginner, I was only able to find the interlocking bangles (inexpensively, at least), so, what with cutting the bangles, that never worked.

    1.13.14
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Sarah, I used double-sided charms only because it was allows more flexibility if you want to wear the bangles on another arm or change the order…Hope that helps!

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  84. Aaliyah wrote:

    How long does it take to make these? They’re beautiful by the way!

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  85. Aahilya wrote:

    These bracelets are simply awesome. As you make them yourself, these cost almost nothing compared to so called brands. But making such a cool bracelets seems a time consuming affair.

    2.17.14
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  86. Sofia wrote:

    Love your blog, and all your ideas to make really cool bracelets. I’m going to try the heart bracelets right now.

    I also wrote a post about how to make a bracelet with a scarf, check it out : http://scarves.comtesse-sofia.fr/how-to-tie-a-scarf-around-the-wrist-the-bracelet/

    2.26.14
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  87. BigTolis wrote:

    Good Job,thanks for sharing.
    http://aboutjewels.com

    3.2.14
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  88. sarah wrote:

    amazing love it (:

    3.8.14
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  89. sarah wrote:

    love it too much

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  90. jayme wrote:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE these! (Why do I never think to do this kind of thing?) Thanks for the great post.

    3.14.14
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  91. mariette wrote:

    quel idée ingénieuse bravo
    a faire avec mes petites filles bravo et merci pour cette idée amitiés

    4.4.14
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  92. Domi57 wrote:

    Très jolis bracelets,et un grand merci de partager vos idées!

    4.22.14
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  93. Gym1234 wrote:

    Wow they look great I am so gonna make them for my friends when I leave to go to senior school

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    7.18.14
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  96. Mary wrote:

    Nice bracelets 🙂 Love it!

    http://braceletslespritlibre.blogspot.fr/

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  97. <3 Thankx for sharing such wonderful Idea. I love Colorful Bangle Bracelets. 🙂

    9.10.14
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  99. Amazing tutorial for Colorful Bangle Bracelets I like it.

    10.1.14
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  100. Nice! Eapecially love the skull charm- doing an Alexander McQueen inspired skull bracelet for my blog hapinesswherever.wordpress.com today 🙂

    10.20.14
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  101. monica wrote:

    their nice

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  102. monica wrote:

    really easy to make

    3.9.15
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  104. Jennifer wrote:

    That’s a nice bracelet! I’ve also found a nice list of DIY bracelets here: http://www.yeahmag.com/10-fashionable-diy-bracelets/

    4.7.15
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  105. Megan wrote:

    Omigosh, they’re SO CUTE!! Where did you buy the bangles, Amazon?

    4.23.15
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  106. This DIY is perfect! It`s so pretty and easy. Thank you so much!

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  107. Gio wrote:

    So cool! Thanks, I’ll do it for my GF 🙂

    11.29.15
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  108. Stephanie wrote:

    These are some very cool & amazing spins on old classics. Depending on what color choices you decide on for thread, metal components, & embellishments these bracletes range from classic & fun to chic & sophisticated. I’ll be making these for years to come for all kinds of reasons. This is one of the neatest, easy to follow DIY’s I’ve ever seen on Pinterest.

    12.15.18
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    • Erica wrote:

      Thank you!

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  109. Isabelle Genest wrote:

    Quelle bonne idée! C’est vraiment joli. Merci de votre partage

    3.24.19
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  110. Betty wrote:

    I love your vibrant colors. They’re beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!!! I’ll look out for more. https://www.demetrini.com

    6.22.21
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  111. Nancy wrote:

    I like the idea of the wrap bracelets what do you do if your wrist or not so big

    10.12.21
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