DIY arm candy: Make your own stacking leather bracelets
There’s just something special about charm bracelets. Adding a miniature bauble to any piece of jewelry gives it this fun, and yes, charming feel. This week, craft some modern-day charm bracelets of your own using some skinny leather cording and shiny metal hardware. You can use any charms that catch your fancy, as long as they aren’t too heavy; you don’t want them to pull on the leather. Once you’ve made as many bracelets as you’d like, you can gift them to your friends, or pile them on your arms for a cute, layered look.
- Leather cording
- Small charms
- Small pliers
- 12-mm lobster clasps
- 7-mm jump rings
- Cord end caps
- Measuring tape
- Measure around your wrist, and add 1 inch. Cut a piece of the leather cording to that same length.
- Use the pliers to fold an end cap over one end of the cording.
- Use the pliers to attach a jump ring to the end cap. To open the jump ring, grasp one end of the metal near the gap with the pliers and gently twist out. Slide the ring onto the little loop on the end cap, and repeat the twisting motion in the opposite direction to close the jump ring.
- Slide one of the charms onto the cording from the uncapped end.
- Attach a second end cap to the free end of the cording.
- Attach a jump ring to the second ring cap, and twist it open.
- Add a lobster clasp to that jump ring, and twist it closed.
- Repeat the above steps until you have as many bracelets as you’d like.
- Clasp the bracelets around your wrists, and show off your new accessories!