My goal this holiday season was to really try my best to make some homemade gifts. So far I’m doing pretty well with my wreath, some burlap covered candles, some personalized coasters and this past weekend I gave a try at some jewelry. You may have noticed how wrap bracelets are everywhere lately. Chan Luu bracelets are extremely popular these days. They come in singles and also in wraps.
I love love the look of these bracelets. What I don’t love is the price tag. The single bracelet alone costs $95. The wrap, $170. Nothing cute about that! So, naturally my DIY self looked to find how I could make these bracelets. I found tons of videos on how to make these beauties and just headed to my local craft store to get my materials. Here’s what mine looked like when I was finished.
I did the top bracelet by simply following this tutorial. For the bottom two, I used this video. They seriously are incredibly easy to make. You can refer to the video on how to get started with your thread but it’s important that you have some type of clip board and binder clips to hold everything into place. Your thread should be strong but also thin enough to fit through the beads after being doubled. Once you start beading it’s a pretty simple pattern that you will follow.
1. Just add your bead and let it drop.
2.Bring your needle up under the right cord through the center and pull the thread through.
3. Run the needle through the bead from right to left. Bring the thread all the way through.
4. Bring your needle up under the left side of the cord through the middle. Pull the thread all the way through.
You will just continue to do this for every bead. When you get to the end then you may use a button or washer to close it. You can refer to the video for more instruction on that. The one downfall is that to make a wrap rather than a single would require you to have at least 2 yards of thread. Working with 2 yards of thread can be a serious pain but not impossible. I will make my way there soon! The best part? Each bracelet cost less than $5 to make. Can’t beat that!!
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