Braided Ribbon Bracelets: a perfect summer accessory

14 Jun

As school gets out for the summer, thoughts turn to beach days, ice cream in the evening…and, for us girls, What am I to wear this season? What’s fashionable? Here’s a do-it-yourself guide to making braided ribbon bracelets, a simple and casual accessory that can work with any style. These bracelets are made and look like friendship bracelets, but their tassel-like ends conceal metal clasps for easy on-and-off. 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Three lengths of sturdy ribbon, each about twice the distance around your wrist
  • Assorted beads, buttons, and charms– three to five will fit on the bracelet
  • A metal hook-and-eye clasp for jewelry making, available at crafts stores

How To Do It: 

  1. Hold the three ribbons from their ends so that their complete length is spread out across your work surface. Tie the end you’re holding in a knot.
  2. Begin braiding the ribbons as you would hair. As you go, string your buttons, beads, and charms on to the ribbon so that they are worked into the braid.
  3. Stop braiding once the braided part of the ribbons is approximately 5 inches (18 centimeters) long; this is based on my fairly average wrist size, but you might have to braid more or less depending on your wrist size. Tie off the loose ends in a knot.
  4. String one part of your hook-and-eye clasp on to a single ribbon end hanging out of this knot. Tie this ribbon end and one other together to secure the clasp. Repeat with the other part of the clasp on the other end of the bracelet.

This version of the braided ribbon bracelet was designed with a beach lover in mind.

About This Craft: 

I developed this bracelet after a fair amount of experimenting. I was inspired by the traditional friendship bracelet design, but I wanted to add a little more glitz and glamour via the buttons, beads, and charms. 

The bracelet I made (shown above) was based on a summer theme, but you could make one for any time of year. I was toying with the idea of a Halloween bracelet, so stay tuned for more pictures and instructions!

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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in DIY


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One response to “Braided Ribbon Bracelets: a perfect summer accessory

  1. Dominique

    July 13, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Hi Allegra!
    That bracelet is very pretty! I hate the extreme heat too, not even my pool was a relief on those days. (Since my pool has a solar cover it normally gets into the low 90s every day!) I enjoyed running into you at the library about a week ago!


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