DIY Chan Luu Bracelet

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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51 thoughts on “DIY Chan Luu Bracelet

    • Thanks!! If you scroll down to where it says “I did the top bracelet by simply following this tutorial. For the bottom two, I used this video.” Just click on the words “this.” They should be dashed underlined. By clicking on them it should bring you straight to the links. Let me know if you have any problems!

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  3. Oh ! I had to look closely to figure it out, but then I realized- it’s like making your own seed bead loom, for bigger beads !
    I really like the more elegant look, and I bet it’s easier to thread than the itty bitty ones we used as Camp Fire girls,lol!

  4. I really like these and want to try. I’ll go to my local craft store but no clue where to find cord. Or what size bead or thread to get? I feel like ill spend a bunch before I get the right tools. Suggestions before I shop?

    • Sure! I purchased everything at Michael’s and I brought the needle with me and just made sure that the beads I bought would allow the needle to fit through…the rest is totally up to you. If you buy a small bead you probably don’t want to have a super thick cord. Just look for the leather cording that they have that would look good with your beads. If you end up buying more than you need you can always make another bracelet out of it all!!

      Good luck…if I can help anymore just let me know 🙂

    • Make sure the cord is nice a thick compared to the beads and also another reader said that if you run a fabric softener sheet through the thread it keeps it from knotting!

  5. I love making jewelry! Yours is fantastic! When using long lengths of thread, try pulling it through a fabric softener sheet; it helps to keep it from tangling.

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  7. omgosh your website is so cute! Im a fellow blogger ( and love finding new awesome blogs! I love this bracelet too. Its on my to-do list. I think I am making them for christmas presents. Thanks for the pointers!

  8. what type of leather did you use? i went to the craft store so i could make one but couldnt figure out the best type of leather.

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